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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 338–350.
Published: 01 November 2017
... “distant reading” actually adheres to the principle that “spatial proximity never turns into functional interaction” ( 14 ). In that “it allows you to focus on units that are much smaller or much larger than the text” ( 48–49 ), “distance” is, in Moretti's view, “the condition of knowledge” ( 48 ). Such...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 423–430.
Published: 01 November 2009
... afterlife. My goal, how- ever, is not to trade textual interpretation for the methods of book history and reception studies—close reading for distant reading, in Moretti’s shorthand—but rather to show that each needs the other if we are to understand as fully as pos- sible either a text’s intrinsic...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 490–496.
Published: 01 November 2009
... of reading itself. It bears noting in this context that Romola is Eliot’s only novel to be set entirely in an urban world, and thus that despite its distant historical setting it might be described as Eliot’s most sustained fictional explora- tion of the affective features of modernity. What...
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Novel (1 May 2016) 49 (1): 95–114.
Published: 01 May 2016
... 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 (1 May 2005) 39 (1): 25–47.
Published: 01 May 2005
... of Mary Ann Evans: George Eliot, Her Letters and Fiction . Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1994 . Brooks , Peter . Reading for the Plot: Design and Intention in Narrative . 1984. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1992 . Carroll , David , ed. George Eliot: The Critical Heritage . 1971. London...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 163–168.
Published: 01 May 2010
... well-theorized connection between the archive and the nation-state, diaspora novels require a transnational reading practice that encompasses multiple national archives. This critical practice opens the archive and exposes the nation-state's exclusionary investments in it. Diaspora literature thus...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 467–473.
Published: 01 November 2009
... juxtaposes a mother's oral storytelling with a son reading the first page in his Igbo primer, the first book ever to enter the family compound. The novel narrates the coming of literacy to Igboland by focusing on three quite different images: the python in a box as an image for the book (and the...
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Novel (1 May 2018) 51 (1): 36–59.
Published: 01 May 2018
... the once peripheral literature and cinema that conformed to Fredric Jameson's definition of Third World national allegories can now be read as symptoms of First World cultural production. This historical and aesthetic shift has made itself felt at the heart of Israeli daily life in the rearticulation...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 231–238.
Published: 01 August 2009
... perhaps “the unknown world.” Yet if Édouard Glissant is right, this shortcut bred of convenience and contempt aptly names the world-historical significance of the leftovers called “world literature.” This essay reads Glissant's Poetics of Relation as a theory not of Caribbean literature but of world...
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Novel (1 November 2010) 43 (3): 401–423.
Published: 01 November 2010
... highly aestheticized, in fact participates in this tact at the same time that it presents readers and critics with a choice about how much they will say or consider themselves to know about the “facts” of the text they read. Thus, James's late style poses ethical problems to readers while representing...
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Novel (1 August 2012) 45 (2): 165–183.
Published: 01 August 2012
...Theodore Martin What does it mean to read like a detective? While critics have long seen the detective novel as a model for hermeneutic suspicion (the familiar spatial binaries of surface/depth, concealed/revealed), this essay proposes that there is something more timely at work in detective work...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 546–554.
Published: 01 November 2009
.... Reading Bolaño's conception of exile as a conciliation between Lukács's and Bakhtin's theories of literature as a form of exile, this essay traces how his novels turn the modern drive to estrangement into a post-auratic nostalgia open to commodification. © 2009 by Novel, Inc. 2009 Works Cited...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 397–408.
Published: 01 November 2017
... misapprehends reality, the novel is hopelessly partial, the novel secures consent. The novel is positioned by postcritique—surface reading, distant reading, scientized reading—as an object of knowledge open at the best to calculation and accurate description, including computations of adverb quantities and...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 107–115.
Published: 01 May 2010
..., as treasure maps for the whole phenomenon, two acutely comic parables of modern reading proffered, exactly half a century apart, in the pages of the Tatler and Tristram Shandy . “My Contemporaries the Novelists”: Isaac Bickerstaff, Uncle Toby, and the Play of...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 63–84.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Anna Gibson This essay demonstrates how Charles Dickens used the form of serial fiction to experiment with a uniquely Victorian idea of life as a dynamic network of interactions. Reading Our Mutual Friend alongside nineteenth-century physiological and evolutionary writing, I show how Dickens shaped...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 169–175.
Published: 01 May 2010
... as well as news about novels; among familiar correspondents, the post increased the buzz about novels. Through a reading of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility , this article shows how the writing, posting, arrival, and overseeing of letters in this novel unfolds in ways the characters cannot control...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 1–17.
Published: 01 May 2015
..., “geometrically constructed,” riveted by the study of lines and shapes. Reading Jude 's manifold geometric imagery in the context of the revolutionary non-Euclidean break in Victorian-era mathematics and tracing the novel's bold typographic experiments, this essay highlights Hardy's surprising exuberance about...
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Novel (1 November 2016) 49 (3): 467–485.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Emily Zubernis What is a minimalist novel? This essay approaches the question through readings of Henry James, a writer notorious for the complexity of his prose style. James's writing is never simple and rarely brief, of course, but it is often remarkably unproductive. Indeed, the very complexity...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 497–503.
Published: 01 November 2009
... sapphic sex. These libertine fictions may seem quite distant from the domestic novels that dominate the eighteenth century, though it is worth pointing out that Diderot’s La Religieuse is easily read as an implicit revision of Vénus dans le cloître and Sade’s Philosophie dans le boudoir as an...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 538–545.
Published: 01 November 2009
... achieved, I argue, in part through its demotions of sociological insight, even at the level of character, as if sociological acuity were after all not quite what one wanted from reading, or even within, a realist novel like Middlemarch . Eliot's brief for the realist novel is mixed: both sociological...