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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 460–466.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Amy M. King Our canonical accounts of the novel form, arising out of formalist, psychoanalytic, structuralist, or Marxist interpretive practices, tend pervasively to occlude or ignore altogether one of its most salient elements: description. From Propp's schemas of narrative “functions” to Peter...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 442–459.
Published: 01 November 2019
... Henry Days gives us evidence that, while we can analyze forms the novel deploys and contains, it remains a challenge to identify the novel's form as a whole. In a different vein, Heather Love's work on description is explicitly concerned with “forms of analysis,” but not with the analysis of form per se...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 272–291.
Published: 01 August 2018
... as a privileged spatial agent within the diegesis; the central quality of these enclaves is that they are at once ordinary and extraordinary—set off from any shared social fabric and representative of general psychic and material qualities. Methodologically, the essay begins with critical description, following...
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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 200–218.
Published: 01 August 2019
..., that knowledge itself contains contradictions. Taking Lukács's distinction between “narrative” and “descriptive” realism as a starting point, I argue that Bouvard in fact “narrates” the very changes Lukács describes, depicting a historical shift that speaks not only to changes in literary practice...
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Novel (2013) 46 (2): 214–233.
Published: 01 August 2013
... discourse. Novelistic characters are frequently exposed in a double vision that draws attention to their individualized personhood and at the same time importantly locates them within a larger statistical population. In their description of characters, charting of individual fortunes, and imagining...
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Novel (2016) 49 (2): 316–342.
Published: 01 August 2016
... to the liberal Anglophone West and its expanding frontiers. Realism wars seem to erupt at the sites of struggle between norms of finite social description and dreams of expansive political projection. That tension runs as a fault line between the integrated secular authority and broad universalist myths of both...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 380–386.
Published: 01 November 2009
... of Political Justice , seems to change Godwin's mind about the possibility of a clear-cut definition of action. Whereas the work of political philosophy allows the description of moral ideas leading to ethical action, the form of the novel as narrative, which requires examples of enacted decisions, stresses...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 410–416.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Michal Peled Ginsburg Discussions of closure, which played an important role in the analysis of novels in the heyday of narratology, associated the open text with a subversive resistance to containment and the failure or inability to fix meaning. Such a description fails to account for narratives...
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Novel (2004) 37 (1-2): 216–220.
Published: 01 August 2004
... of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1988)' 16. RUTH MACK 1 PRIVACY AND PROPERTY public convention and the same accessibility of retreat. Some of Spacks's most intriguing descriptions are of Burney's commentary on this assumption through her...
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Novel (2011) 44 (3): 500–504.
Published: 01 November 2011
...Daniel A. Novak Not Reading for the Plot amanpal garcha, From Sketch to Novel: The Development of Victorian Fiction (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2009), pp. 294, cloth, $95.00. [T]his odd, literal opposition of description and dialogue, incident and description...
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Novel (2017) 50 (2): 291–294.
Published: 01 August 2017
... aesthetic effect, Rezek pauses in the Cooper/Scott chapter to raise an important theoretical point about the historical novel. The tension between narrative and description, or plot and scene, has been a critical knot to untie for all theorists of the novel and especially for critics of (historical) realism...
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Novel (2021) 54 (2): 227–247.
Published: 01 August 2021
..., repeatedly defining the novel as too difficult, too “descriptive,” and too “bookish,” have effectively boxed Romola in, helping to maintain its status as Eliot's least-read and, perhaps, most underread novel. 3 The extensive and reportedly painful (difficult, anxiety-producing) research Eliot undertook...
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Novel (2015) 48 (3): 363–380.
Published: 01 November 2015
... passage that effects it by paralipsis. This is essential to its scandalous nature—the referential alibi is effective. And, pace Senard, Flaubert's descriptive power does not disappear here. If anything, it proliferates. Or it disappears only in the sense that the sex scene does not “take place...
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Novel (2009) 42 (1): 109–130.
Published: 01 May 2009
.... Ingraham , Joseph Holt . The Prince of the House of David . New York: Pudney, 1855 . Irwin , Michael . Picturing: Description and Illusion in the Nineteenth-Century Novel . London: Allen, 1979 . Jacobs , Joseph . As Others Saw Him: A Retrospect, A.D. 54 . London: Heinemann, 1895...
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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 179–199.
Published: 01 August 2019
..., kidnapped, and moved around by undisclosed agents. But at another level of plot that connects with that of history, a level that I suggest is carried largely by description, more vivid moments of uncertainty address the question of whether one is moving at all and, if so, at what speed and in what direction...
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Novel (2016) 49 (3): 550–554.
Published: 01 November 2016
...: defined as the empirical description of a familiar phenomenon that refuses to identify it until the end of the passage, it allows authors to represent the unremarkable as astonishing. The Lilliputian exploration of Gulliver's watch, for example, in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels or Robinson's...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 126–130.
Published: 01 May 2015
..., and description in general belong to the pole of presentness. Even at this early stage in the book, it is clear that Jameson's interest is in the dialectical interplay of these impulses, which have so often been juxtaposed qualitatively. James favored showing over telling, Lukács preferred narrating to describing...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 97–111.
Published: 01 May 2017
... into a contingent “not . . . thing.” Even if it had been a completely different species of bird, it would not attract any more particular attention. It would be easy to read Green's characterizations and descriptions, particularly when linked with the novel's deathly imagery, as prophetic statements...
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Novel (2020) 53 (2): 137–142.
Published: 01 August 2020
... enhances the reality effect. By no coincidence, the novel intensified this counterargument at the very moment when, in Lukács's view, description supplanted narration in the historical novel, eliminating the possibility that either novel or readers might arrive at a perspective outside their moment where...
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Novel (2018) 51 (1): 127–131.
Published: 01 May 2018
... this description of Jarvis's central term, some readers will wonder why she invokes the concept of masochism at all, since attending to erotic delay as a form of heightened heterosexual arousal allows her to skim over the issues of sexual and psychological power commonly seen as vital to it. But interpretive...