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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 423–430.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Daniel Hack This essay argues that a combination of the frequently opposed methods of book history and reception studies, on the one hand, and those of formal analysis and close reading, on the other, is needed to illuminate the cultural work done by and with novels. Taking as my example...
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Novel (2021) 54 (3): 475–478.
Published: 01 November 2021
... simultaneously, from the national to the international, from the study of genre to the close reading of individual passages. He notes that naturalist writers in, say, Argentina or Belgium, were inevitably as much concerned with the near-at-hand as they were with Zola. Yet the fact that battles over naturalism...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 116–123.
Published: 01 May 2010
..., dwelling on each image—the more we have had to say. Canonization, the vector of less, and close reading, the vector of more, are thus the paradoxical countermovements of the modern literary system. Ideology has also served that system well, sharing with close reading the logic of the physical: to grow...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 337–342.
Published: 01 August 2009
... do not exemplify narrative desire, as Peter Brooks argued in Reading for the Plot as much as frustrate it. A close reading of Tristram Shandy shows that Laurence Sterne intended his novel to resist what he saw as a series of related mid-eighteenth-century cultural developments: a paradigm shift...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 283–304.
Published: 01 August 2022
... exceptions, such as the Circumlocution Office in Charles Dickens's Little Dorrit or Anthony Trollope's Three Clerks ). Although squarely set within the “governing-class spirit” of Westminster and populated with a bevy of civil servants, Virginia Woolf's Mrs Dalloway tends to be read as maintaining a strict...
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Novel (2010) 43 (3): 483–499.
Published: 01 November 2010
... raised a number of large and now unavoidable questions. What is the place of the political in literary studies today? How are we to construe the relationship between close reading and a broader sociopolitical analysis of literature as an institution? What authority do critics command as guardians...
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Novel (2023) 56 (2): 281–304.
Published: 01 August 2023
... of the 1980s), and uses close readings of moments in Indiana , Mauprat , and Lélia to reflect on the renewed urgency—in the wake of #MeToo—of the sort of ethical questions raised by such feminism during the “sex wars.” If Sand is not, ultimately, an antisex feminist, her novels are nevertheless thought...
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Novel (2011) 44 (3): 444–465.
Published: 01 November 2011
... protagonist quite literally practices a form of personal self-rule—one that marks out his difference from those around him—while also denying the reader easy access to his particular version of events. However, in light of the Ojibwe author's advocacy of close reading and New Critical approaches to Native...
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Novel (2023) 56 (1): 85–104.
Published: 01 May 2023
...! , General Compson's celebratory close reading of a temporal rupture in Thomas Sutpen's narrative models an essentially modernist trope of glitch interpretation (the aesthetic redemption of a formal rupture as temporally mimetic) that remains popular in criticism to this day. At the same time, Faulkner's own...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 326–331.
Published: 01 August 2009
..., in miniature, the affective processes involved in the work as a whole. It is intended as a microcosm of the temporal workings of long narrative. Rather than offering the “see, it works this way” epistemology of close reading, it functions in Victorian reviewing and novel theory as “see, it feels this way...
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Novel (2013) 46 (1): 26–49.
Published: 01 May 2013
... a political transit from barbarism to civilization. This claim is advanced through the convergence of three interpretive strategies: a close reading of the novel that tracks the literal and figurative presence of the hand; direct confrontation with texts of political theory, with special emphasis on Thomas...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 95–114.
Published: 01 May 2016
... for an understanding of the new “book of the world” than the “referential” function that stands as the traditional center of novel theory. The article concludes with a close reading of Adalbert Stifter's novel Indian Summer (1857) in order to demonstrate what an approach to a canonical text that is informed by our...
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Novel (2023) 56 (1): 62–84.
Published: 01 May 2023
... of these texts, which signal a shift from the national to the transnational, from postmodernism to dense realism, and from the “middling” protagonist to marginal, subaltern protagonists. Working through close readings of two representative novels, Peter Kimani's Dance of the Jakaranda (2017) and Esi Edugyan's...
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Novel (2017) 50 (3): 397–408.
Published: 01 November 2017
... spatially as affording the formalist and utopian dimensions necessary for immanent critique, on employing reading methods that fathom the spatiality of the dialectic within criticism but also within literature itself, perhaps in closing I can outline such a reading: Colson Whitehead's spatially inventive...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 245–252.
Published: 01 August 2009
... at the century's close. Ultimately, I argue, the case for the middle-class novel is best read as an allegorical defense of the emergent English departments as they replace gentleman-amateur lecturers with professionalized professors, displace the Aristocratic tradition of classics, and work to serve a rapidly...
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Novel (2010) 43 (3): 401–423.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Samuel Cross This essay closely examines Henry James's notion of “tact”—caution in what one says about others—treating the idea from an ethical perspective. I trace James's ethics of tact through his late The Wings of the Dove , arguing that the author holds himself to certain stringent standards...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 18–22.
Published: 01 May 2010
... kites in David Copperfield , I consider the tensions between these represented instances of overproduction and the narrative patterns of the novels themselves. As a whole, Tristram Shandy sides with the joy and madness of pointless production. It thus suggests motives for reading that align more closely...
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Novel (2012) 45 (2): 221–237.
Published: 01 August 2012
...Clemens Spahr As closely as the issues of representation, ethics, and politics were connected in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the scholarly debate over its literary representations soon shifted to questions of trauma and commemoration, a shift in emphasis that often displaced concerns...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 183–189.
Published: 01 August 2009
..., which I read as complex. African novels' relation to realism is not simply naive, as Anthony Appiah or Pascale Cassanova would claim. With complexity in mind, I ask what happens when readers shift attention away from the question of resistance that has so defined the field, and ask instead: how does...
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Novel (2022) 55 (1): 61–94.
Published: 01 May 2022
... that it engenders repeatedly figure torture, and scenes of torture, as the “open secret” that reveals the peculiar nature of social relations under colonialism. Examining these scenes closely reveals a set of problems for literary form that are inherent to the anticolonial novel of the postwar years...