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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 399–418.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Benjamin Lewis Robinson Abstract J. M. Coetzee's Slow Man considers “care” in contemporary liberal-capitalist societies, including the ostensibly frivolous care of and care for literature. In contrast to grander affects and occupations, care often seems to be “just care,” as if it fails to live up...
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Novel (2006) 39 (3): 432–435.
Published: 01 November 2006
... effectively stitch back to his discussion of Kant and Kant's medical context and reception; he also furthers his characterization of the gothic text as self-absorbed, ironic, and even frivolous (frivolous in, as it were, a non-trivial sense: gothic frivolity, Brown argues-once again spinning a surpise...
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Novel (2005) 38 (2-3): 272–290.
Published: 01 November 2005
... Raise Himselfand Fortune to Grandeur (1680), a conduct book which went through thirteen editions and numerous print runs between 1680 and 1730, William de Britaine uses this language to distinguish the pragmatic knowledge of male conduct from what he calls the "frivolous...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 337–342.
Published: 01 August 2009
... Lilliputian by their reconstruction in miniature on a York- shire bowling green. Walter’s obsession with productive systems of knowledge, all designed to create a mechanically perfect son, is contrasted with the triviality and frivolity of Toby’s labor, his clockwork reproductive schedule the antithesis...
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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 23–43.
Published: 01 May 2019
... of reality it ostensibly intends to render. Disguising a clue to the plot as just another realist detail, narrative's form and content play on and against each other, with the seemingly frivolous Frank standing at the intersection of the two. What matters is not simply the grooming to which Frank pays so...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 268–277.
Published: 01 August 2009
... nice, very refreshing in her innocence, her purity, and her quick intelligence” (61). The exalted innocence of the girl in nineteenth- century novels coexists with an abuse of this fetish for its frivolous and infectious superficiality. The many sentimental portraits of the girl depict her...
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Novel (2010) 43 (3): 443–465.
Published: 01 November 2010
... disturbed veterans who are masters of the put-on” (54). Yonka Krasteva notes that the scene “recalls again the tradition of the carnival, with its frivolity and . . . violence” (65), and William Lyne suggests that the events constitute the “richest and funniest exchanges in the book” (327). Indeed...
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Novel (2008) 41 (2-3): 229–243.
Published: 01 November 2008
... of frivolousness-and the phase of the narrative's present tense, in which, because of his vulnerabilities, he will discover how deeply he is at odds with the culture in which he lives. His discoveries turn on the subject of care in a world defined both by the corporatization of what are misleadingly...
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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 419–435.
Published: 01 November 2020
... particular sport. In the 1978 essay “Four Notes on Rugby,” reprinted in Doubling the Point (1992), Coetzee writes that sport, “particularly in boys' schools,” is “given an explicit ideological function (‘character-building’) while play remains suspect, frivolous. . . . The child who submits to the code...
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Novel (2016) 49 (2): 202–218.
Published: 01 August 2016
..., perhaps, beginning to think that she was a little too frivolous, too fond of pleasure for Lord George. Mrs. Patmore Green, who was the wife of a very rich man, and the mother of a very large family, and altogether a very worthy woman, almost at once began to whisper to Mary: “Well, my dear, what news from...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 49–64.
Published: 01 May 2016
... a gap between matter and spirit. Lee must undertake that literary “toil” “in secret,” lest his family discover that he is shirking farm work for a frivolous endeavor (424). As such, in order to lay claim to his narrative, Lee steals himself again—this time from the perpetual cultivation necessary...
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Novel (2017) 50 (2): 217–235.
Published: 01 August 2017
... between Meyrick's frivolous, self-parodic tone and the narrator's more sober style” and argues that, when the narrator judges Hans harshly, this judgment “reflects the fundamental strategy of the narrator and indicates one of the main ostensible meanings of the novel: seriousness and idealism triumph over...
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Novel (2013) 46 (1): 116–132.
Published: 01 May 2013
..., being an act of intellection, it is conditioned by the prejudices of the intelligence which abstracts from any given sensation, as being illogical and insignificant, a discor- dant and frivolous intruder, whatever word or gesture, sound or perfume, cannot be fitted into the puzzle of a concept...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 180–199.
Published: 01 August 2022
... [the literature of terror] is escapist?” (108) . Emily intuitively knows to refuse the offers of plenitude, splendor, and jouissance that she receives because they are frivolous and unscrupulous, but she also comes to recognize that they are insolvent. They are the unsustainable, dying flourishes of aristocratic...
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Novel (2005) 38 (2-3): 214–234.
Published: 01 November 2005
... of conversation" and second by polung fun at the frivolity of the Musgroves' interests. Anne recognizes that "[tlhe Mr. Musgroves had their own game to guard, and to destroy; their own horses, dogs, and newspapers to en- gage them; and the females were fully occupied in all the other common subjects...
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Novel (2008) 41 (2-3): 298–318.
Published: 01 November 2008
... and metaphorically short-sighted, frivolous, medio- cre, and incapable of resisting alcohol outside of the stern gaze of Ruqiyyah, his lo Incidentally, the figure of the convert also appears in Salih's Season: Mrs. Robinson's husband is an Orientalist who converts to Islam and is buried in a Muslim...
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Novel (2011) 44 (1): 47–66.
Published: 01 May 2011
... access. He can provide only unsubstantiated witness evidence, a frivolous and untrustworthy type of narra- tive, which goes not to the crime, as Allegory could have done, but to the discourse surrounding the crime. Bucket’s authority, in the end, depends upon access to the narrative device...
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Novel (2023) 56 (2): 256–279.
Published: 01 August 2023
...; it is the form that graph theory takes in literature. 1 Hopkins and Wilson's translation of Euler's 1736 letter to Marinoni chooses banal . Biggs Lloyd, and Wilson suggest that the origins of graph theory are “frivolous,” “humble,” and “trivial,” though it isn't clear if they are thinking...
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Novel (2001) 35 (1): 46–68.
Published: 01 May 2001
... typifies her lack of imagination as well as her frivolity. Miss Withering, who is an emigrant governess like Clara, is similarly judged according to her intellectual habits. Her reading is limited exclusively to an out- dated history textbook that the narrator derisively refers to as "a book...
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Novel (2009) 42 (1): 40–61.
Published: 01 May 2009
... to manage functions only within a narrow range. However, unlike Selden, the narra- tion does not condemn the frivolity or the artificiality of this sphere.14 The artifice of Lily’s sphere of activity is coded through natural metaphors: the sea anemone, the rose leaf, the hummingbird. The delicacy...