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Novel (2011) 44 (3): 402–423.
Published: 01 November 2011
... . The Rich Man and the Diseased Poor in Early Victorian Literature . Houndmills : Macmillan , 1987 . “Putrefaction Generally”: Bleak House, Victorian Psychology, and the Question of Bodily Matter TYSON STOLTE The conditions to be found in London’s burial...
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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 1–22.
Published: 01 May 2019
...John Kucich Abstract Generic innovation has the potential to create strong new frameworks for political discourse. Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South hybridizes two nineteenth-century narrative genres—political melodrama and domestic fiction—to invite readerly involvement in the creation of new...
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Novel (2021) 54 (1): 85–103.
Published: 01 May 2021
... introduces us to “the General,” a fictionalized version of Siyad Barre, who ruled Somalia from 1969 to 1991. Like Barre's, the General's power exemplifies what Achille Mbembe calls “necropolitics,” or “the contemporary subjugation of life to the power of death.” The General's necropower manifests, peculiarly...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 180–199.
Published: 01 August 2022
...Scott R. Mackenzie Abstract This essay identifies symptoms of the historical emergence of generalized scarcity in Ann Radcliffe's Mysteries of Udolpho , which grants scarcity's ruthless logic a primary narrative function under the aesthetic cover of suspense. Radcliffe's novels generate occult...
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Novel (2013) 46 (3): 438–452.
Published: 01 November 2013
...John Lurz This essay reorients discussions of Daniel Deronda from its rather tortured generic classifications to a more focused awareness of the novel's particular material medium of transmission in the book. It contrasts the investment in generic forms evinced by Gwendolen and Daniel in the first...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 546–554.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Alberto Medina Exile is a recurrent subject in Roberto Bolaño's writings. Far from lamenting the separation from the motherland, simultaneous to that from a lost generation of idealist politics and avant-garde aesthetics, Bolaño turns exile into an ethical opportunity to reconsider history...
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Novel (2014) 47 (1): 67–89.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Brian T. Edwards This essay proposes that “circulation” is a useful rubric for thinking about the twenty-first-century Egyptian novel and its relationship to democracy. In the first decade of the twenty-first century, a new generation of Cairo-based writers employed innovative forms and linguistic...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 406–424.
Published: 01 November 2019
... this history, showing how ecologists and engineers generated their own speculative fictions of possible dystopian futures—environmental collapse, depletion of resources, and overpopulation—through models of dynamic systems. In turn, works of speculative fiction also began to borrow these models...
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Novel (2020) 53 (2): 235–253.
Published: 01 August 2020
...Gabriel Mehlman Abstract This article focuses on Sarah Orne Jewett's The Country of the Pointed Firs , the most famous example of the realist genre of local color. Published in 1898, the novel was written during the very moment of the generic collapse of local color. That collapse occurs within...
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Novel (2011) 44 (3): 382–401.
Published: 01 November 2011
... the term middlebrow from its familiar location within debates concerning cultural capital, “Rebuilding Bildung ” locates the middlebrow at the heart of a widespread mid-century debate concerning the value of aesthetic experience. In particular, this article argues that middlebrow authors generate...
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Novel (2013) 46 (3): 386–405.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Gordon Bigelow Anthony Trollope's first novel, The Macdermots of Ballycloran (1847), is concerned with social and political conflict in rural Ireland; it is marked by episodes of extreme violence and by a generally episodic and ad hoc narrative form. In the early 1840s, when Trollope began writing...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 240–262.
Published: 01 August 2022
..., solidly grounded in nineteenth-century concerns about work while forecasting the generalized uncertainty in which we currently find ourselves as workers and humans. In the first section, I examine the novel's attention to the particular temporalities of Victorian casual labor; in the second, I locate...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 253–260.
Published: 01 August 2009
... of the Indian hand if appropriated by the British corpus. They described this hand as a tool that could be detached from the rest of the Indian worker's body, which they defined through its general inefficacy. This model appealed to British novelists as well as artists, who fantasized about the more authentic...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 31–37.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Lisa O'Connell My paper re-historicizes the eighteenth-century marriage plot by shifting attention away from both the history of literary genres and the modes of social history that have generally informed accounts of the rise of the novel. Drawing instead on recent historiography of the period's...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 451–459.
Published: 01 November 2009
..., it parses out important distinctions between novel time and historical, biological, or evolutionary time, between the affect of an individual character and that of the human body more generally, which grounds and enables the commonality of bodily experience between a fictional character and the diverse...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 467–473.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Neil Ten Kortenaar A great project of the first two generations of African writers was to establish continuities with the precolonial and ongoing oral tradition. This essay, however, asks what African writers thought of the act of writing itself. A key scene in Chinua Achebe's novel Arrow of God...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 290–296.
Published: 01 August 2009
... of maritime adventure fiction. The essay concludes by suggesting the interest of a historically inflected typology of adventure fiction more generally, depending on the articulation of the right to mobility. One way to access this articulation is to attend to chronotypes of “dangerous passage,” from...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 474–481.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Ivan Kreilkamp Henry James famously remarked of Thomas Hardy's Far from the Madding Crowd that “[e]verything human in the book strikes us as factitious and insubstantial; the only things we believe in are the sheep and the dogs.” This comment is generally taken as a simple putdown, but it can also...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 497–503.
Published: 01 November 2009
... and in general—needs to encompass the history of the novel's formal practices. © 2009 by Novel, Inc. 2009 Works Cited Aretino , Pietro . Aretino's Dialogues (Ragionamenti) . 1534. Trans. Raymond Rosenthal. Toronto: U of Toronto P, 2005 . Armstrong , Nancy . Desire and Domestic Fiction...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 524–530.
Published: 01 November 2009
.... This fiction of failure also has a stake in the state's future. This essay considers how recent novels use civil wars as a setting for generic experimentation. It offers a truncated genealogy of literary interest in state crisis to demonstrate how fiction collaborates with political scientific scholarship...