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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 524-530.
Published: 01 November 2009
...John Marx The conventional wisdom that contemporary fiction has little use for the nation cannot explain the plurality of recent novels that attend to states in crisis. To detail the effects of state collapse is at the very least to insist on the state's continued relevance to the form. This...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 369-385.
Published: 01 November 2019
... Lao She's novel, the rickshaw becomes the vehicle through which this crisis of development occurs. Yet as also in Lao She, the rickshaw is not simply a metaphor for “backwardness.” For Munoo, rickshaw pulling is no Asian cultural relic but a modern alternative to predecessors such as the sedan chair...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 188-209.
Published: 01 August 2018
...Dierdra Reber Abstract This essay traces a conceptual through-line from the twenty-first century crisis of democratic institutionality, explained as an effect of contemporary neoliberalism, back to the eighteenth-century discursive origins of free-market capitalism. On both ends of this temporal...
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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 44-63.
Published: 01 May 2019
... to an ongoing reconsideration of historical consciousness in the context of the climate crisis. Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles recursively activates scalar multiplicity: first, by dramatizing the intersection of scales of value, time, and space; and second, by suggesting that this drama may be...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 65-81.
Published: 01 May 2016
... body is de-formed. Although mud stages a crisis for the English social body in a domestic framework, the essay concludes by looking at how the crisis that mud names is actually the occasion to reconstitute England in an imperial register. Copyright © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 Bleak...
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Novel (2017) 50 (3): 388-396.
Published: 01 November 2017
... aesthetic ideology of Romanticism via Hegel and subsumed into national history—the horizon of epic totality—in the historical novel (Scott's Waverley ). Jameson's reversion to the later Lukács in his essay on the historical novel addresses a crisis not only of the genre but of history itself as an...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 11-17.
Published: 01 May 2010
... changes in racial collectivism as opportunities to recast the political and formal protocols of black fiction. More specifically, these writers draw on the class divisions that intellectuals have viewed primarily through the lens of crisis as a means to challenge existing models of racial solidarity and...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 349-354.
Published: 01 August 2009
... oppressed other was the signature gesture of postmodern anti-instrumentality; given this tradition, nothing says the end of anti-instrumentality quite like the immediacy of abject, oppressed bodies. I read Oryx and Crake as a novel about the crisis of the anti-instrumental impulse, arguing that its...
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Novel (2013) 46 (1): 1-25.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Jesse Oak Taylor Climate change cannot be experienced, only imagined. While we can experience the weather at any given moment, climate refers to the aggregation of weather patterns over time and thus can be accessed only through models and projections. This presents both a crisis and an opportunity...
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Novel (2013) 46 (2): 275-295.
Published: 01 August 2013
... achieve in their writing. On the other hand, the novel consistently subordinates African culture to the psychological drama of Henderson's (and perhaps “America's”) midlife crisis. I turn to a reading of Bessie Head's 1965 story “The Woman from America,” in which the friendship between Head's Botswanan...
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Novel (2013) 46 (3): 406-423.
Published: 01 November 2013
... leftisms; third, it treats “Down by the Riverside” as a precursor to contemporary novels whose protagonists live outside the confines of the citizen or even the human; fourth, and most important, this article contributes to a materialist theory of trauma that I call thinking through crisis. While trauma...
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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 240-260.
Published: 01 August 2019
... work through his own conflicting wartime experiences of fellow feeling, but it also offers a sustained reflection on the implications of a broader crisis in empathy on a narrative level around the Second World War. The article characterizes Zweig's particular approach to narrative empathy in terms of...
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Novel (2015) 48 (3): 323-343.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Paul Stasi This essay takes up the relationship between modernism and postcolonialism through a comparison of Joseph Conrad's Lord Jim and Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies . What Conrad understands as a crisis in narrative form is, I argue, a function of his understanding of history as the absolute...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 10-25.
Published: 01 May 2016
... the city as a natural system contrasts with conventional dystopian visions of future cities as scenarios of exploitation, crisis, and disaster. Science-fiction novelist, Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312 uses high-modernist literary strategies to create a narrative of cities and planets as humanly...
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Novel (2002) 35 (2-3): 231-257.
Published: 01 November 2002
... Literary Career of John Edgar Wideman . Jackson: UP of Mississippi, 1989 . Coontz , Stephanie . The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap . New York: Basic, 1992 . Dubey , Madhu . “Literature and Urban Crisis: John Edgar Wideman’s Philadelphia Fire.” African...
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Novel (2007) 40 (3): 240-264.
Published: 01 November 2007
... –48. Ondaatje , Michael . Anil’s Ghost . New York: Vintage, 2000 . Rieff , David . A Bed for the Night: Humanitarianism in Crisis . New York: Simon, 2002 . Robbins , Bruce . “Very Busy Just Now: Globalization and Harriedness in Ishiguro’s The Unconsoled.” Comparative...
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Novel (2007) 40 (3): 329-332.
Published: 01 November 2007
... plans of Ebenezer Howard. Howard attempted to reconfig- ure and renovate England's national and cultural space during a period of perceived imp rial crisis. Kalliney argues that the two novels in question try to do the same by reworking the pastoral, that crucial repository of Englishness...
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Novel (2014) 47 (1): v-vi.
Published: 01 May 2014
... Dignity: Embodying Human Rights in World Literature (2012), she is now at work on a book titled ‘‘Consti- tutional Failure and the Aesthetic Formations of Sovereignties in Crisis elizabeth maddock dillon is professor of English at Northeastern University and co-director of the Futures of...
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Novel (2011) 44 (1): 14-16.
Published: 01 May 2011
... as the quintessential genre of modernity, invested with the dreams and desires, if not the power, of the modernizing impulse. Not only do canonical African novels such as Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Cheikh Hamidou Kane’s L’aventure Ambigue rehearse the crisis of the modern, they...
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Novel (2017) 50 (3): 397-408.
Published: 01 November 2017
... Marxism The president of the Modern Language Association, higher education policy wonks, and the governor of Wisconsin all readily agree that our current present represents a crisis for the humanities. Cosigning that consensus would seem an obligatory opening for any stock-taking essay like this one...