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Novel (2014) 47 (3): 403–421.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Mark Sussman This article addresses the problem of cynicism in Harold Frederic's novel The Damnation of Theron Ware (1896). Despite the prominence of cynicism in the critical literature surrounding the novel, it has emerged as a vexing interpretive problem in itself rather than a solution to Theron...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 361–365.
Published: 01 November 2009
... achieve much of their political force. Via a hard-boiled form born of 1930s cynicism, Mosley's Easy Rawlins novels insist on the still-lived experience of “being black there.” © 2009 by Novel, Inc. 2009 This content is made freely available by the publisher. It may not be redistributed or altered...
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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 200–218.
Published: 01 August 2019
... of volume 2 (the Sottisier ) as a cynical but effective response to dehumanizing capitalist processes like proletarianization and the desublimation of knowledge. Copyright © 2019 by Novel, Inc. 2019 Gustave Flaubert Bouvard et Pécuchet Georg Lukács narration description Description...
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Novel (2023) 56 (1): 21–38.
Published: 01 May 2023
...Timothy Lem-Smith Abstract This article makes the case for a rejuvenated and multifaceted mode of paranoid reading. Eve Sedgwick famously used the term paranoid reading to signal critique's overblown, cynical, and alarmist tendencies and to provisionally create the space for a reparative...
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Novel (2021) 54 (1): 104–119.
Published: 01 May 2021
... a cynical mockery of the pain of another. Snowman's survival laughter almost always makes light of his own condition, not the plight of others. When the wolvogs are stalking him, he amuses himself with a picture of becoming Tarzan to survive: “Wolvogs can't climb trees, which is one good thing. If they get...
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Novel (2008) 41 (2-3): 264–278.
Published: 01 November 2008
... of political possibility and intellectual cynicism faced by Gaddis. Despite its title, Pepetela's A Geragrio da Ufopia does not initially present itself as a Utopian narrative at all. Indeed, its central impulse is most readily grasped as tragic: the tragic hero is the future nation-or, more...
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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 161–164.
Published: 01 May 2019
... “culturally affirming and socially corrosive,” especially for Māori (221). A similarly counterintuitive analysis emerges in her reading of C. K. Stead's Smith's Dream (1971). Lawn traces how Stead's classically liberal (Burkean) critique of both left and right utopianism paves the way for the cynical...
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Novel (2010) 43 (3): 523–526.
Published: 01 November 2010
... cynical detective story comes down to a basic struggle between hero and villain. In some few cases the contrast between the two hinges on the detective’s unusual devotion to duty or professional autonomy, as in the seminal example of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. As Cassuto points out...
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Novel (2013) 46 (3): 483–486.
Published: 01 November 2013
... in postcolonial novels. In order to make this case, he has to overcome a great deal of cynicism. Cynicism about governing is of course not utterly unfounded. Still, we must be equally suspicious of how its assumptions restrict the range of legitimate actions available to postcolonial protagonists as well...
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Novel (2017) 50 (2): 217–235.
Published: 01 August 2017
... shows, and certain scenes in Chaplin” ( 45 ). This irony is terrible because the entertainer has a special relationship to the audience: insofar as Falstaff's cynical humor and wit exist to amuse us, one's enjoyment of Falstaff is at odds with one's recognition that his amorality, the wellspring of his...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 297–303.
Published: 01 August 2009
... the corrupt world a more benign and humane place—one in which the shame that pervades it can be, if not eradicated, at least stabilized as a part of moral hygiene. In The Way We Live Now, by contrast, Trollope presents a universally cynical and competitive world; envy is social and systemic...
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Novel (2005) 39 (1): 126–128.
Published: 01 May 2005
... m tivation for Lane's study. A great deal is at stake here for misanthropes take society seri- ously. The ironic detachment or cynicism that replaces misanthropy is dismissive of the possibility of real change. Additionally, Lane's investment in "unmasking" Victorian soci- ety's "antisoaal...
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Novel (2008) 41 (2-3): 378–381.
Published: 01 November 2008
..., uncertainty, and ambiguity) under the unbearable weight of the hypocritical contradictions of the rhetoric of imperialist reform-the "idea at the back of it" that Marlow names but cannot quite define, the gnomic cynicism of his aunt, and most of all, the theory and practice of Kurtz, who materializes...
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Novel (2021) 54 (1): 136–139.
Published: 01 May 2021
... hazards, and Terrible Beauty is noticeably clear-sighted about risks that extend from crypto-pornographic sensationalism to thought-annihilating sentimentality. Eide recognizes that there are many ways in which writers can, with differing degrees of cynicism, turn even the most lacerating of human...
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Novel (2002) 36 (1): 61–78.
Published: 01 May 2002
... describing the horrors of child labor and documenting its heroine's mounting inquisitiveness and willingness to intervene. Sir Matthew, a clownish but cruel specimen of the English manufacturing class, performs an act of benevolence at the urging of the cynical Lady Clarissa Shrimpton...
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Novel (2015) 48 (2): 190–207.
Published: 01 August 2015
... is part of a cunning plan to bring down the West, which will collapse under the weight of the economic burden of the East—themselves move from harsh cynicism to the realms of conspiratorial fantasy. Hoftaller's survival, no less than Fonty's, impedes a history that falls into neat ideological categories...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 141–145.
Published: 01 May 2017
... therefore rest on the striking claim that select forms of fictional narrative at a certain historical moment reveal “a prehistory of our networked age” (1) and “a prehistory of our current poll-dependence (and poll-cynicism)” (18). The use of “prehistory” here is a little ambiguous: it could signal a causal...
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Novel (2005) 39 (1): 129–132.
Published: 01 May 2005
..., the Victorian novel's own formative agon. Admitting that he has "heard his [Kurtz's] very last words," the storyteller Marlow is then commanded by the rapturously grieving Intended to turn phonograph for her: "Repeat them," she begs, a commission to which Marlow notori- ously (cynically?chivalrously...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 484–488.
Published: 01 November 2019
... was a template for artistic entrepreneurs who did not see themselves as frontrunners but were still trading on an established brand. I'm making this sound like something more cynical than much of what we find in History of a Shiver , but I do not think it is a scandal or should count against the period's...
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Novel (2023) 56 (2): 327–331.
Published: 01 August 2023
..., but this is not the same as surrender to cynicism. Still, if we consider postcolonial thought's optimism about the possibility of reconfiguring colonial paradigms—albeit with some ground ceded to hybridity—then postcolonial disaster fiction as theorized by Rastogi would seem to reconfigure this foundational optimism...