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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 47–52.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Lloyd Pratt This essay argues that in his autobiographies, journalism, and speeches, Frederick Douglass carved out a new version of humanism that broke with both the liberalism individualism of Jacksonian America and the anachronistic civic republicanism espoused by white abolitionists. In addition...
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Novel (1 August 2014) 47 (2): 261–283.
Published: 01 August 2014
...Sarah Winter This essay locates the subject of human rights in the narrative forms of J. M. Coetzee's novels Waiting for the Barbarians and Foe through an interpretation drawing on Jacques Rancière's theory of dissensus and tracing the novel's historical relations to the equitable and remedial...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 151–154.
Published: 01 May 2015
... shared humanity. This may not be a claim of dignity at all, according to Anker, yet the reader could perceive her critique of the liberal fictions of dignity all the same as the desire to make us aware of other forms of dignity, if by dignity we mean a recognition of our humanity, defined now by...
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Novel (1 November 2015) 48 (3): 465–468.
Published: 01 November 2015
... commentaries on or even significant instantiations of “emergent” reconfigurations, “rewirings” of art—including but not only the art of the novel—as well as of the aspect of experience that some of us call spiritual, where the interrelation of these two human concerns—art and religion—are, for Taylor, the...
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Novel (1 November 2003) 36 (3): 374–397.
Published: 01 November 2003
...: Oxford UP, 1973 . "Get Out Empire Migration and Human Traffic in Lord Jim SCOTT A. COHEN Trafic is not only a technique; it is a form of consciousness and a form of social relations. Raymond Williams, The...
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Novel (1 August 2010) 43 (2): 375–378.
Published: 01 August 2010
...Saikat Majumdar JOSEPH R. SLAUGHTER, Human Rights, Inc.: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law (New York: Fordham UP, 2007), pp. 435, paper, $28.00. © 2010 by Novel, Inc. 2010 Incorporated into Humanity joseph r. slaughter, Human Rights, Inc...
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Novel (1 November 2001) 34 (3): 313–337.
Published: 01 November 2001
.... "Unhuman Humanity": Bodies of the Urban Poor and the Collapse of Realist Legibility JOSEPH ENTIN 1. Realism, Legibility, and the Turn-of-the-Century City Recently, several scholars of late nineteenth-century urban fiction...
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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 71–93.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Christine Mahady This essay examines the ways in which depictions of animal and human corporeality in Jack London's fiction support an ethics concerned with cultivating a greater attunement to one's surroundings, including other bodies. In contrast to previous readings that understand London's...
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Novel (1 November 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 (1 May 2019) 52 (1): 44–63.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Benjamin Morgan Abstract Concepts of scale have become urgent and contested in two thriving but seemingly unrelated fields. Humanities scholarship on anthropogenic climate change often argues that our historical present is defined by a conflict between human and geological timescales. At the same...
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Novel (1 May 2016) 49 (1): 10–25.
Published: 01 May 2016
... political communities at the same time. The result is a vision of urban communities in which varieties of humans and nonhumans make their presence felt and their voices heard—a more-than-human democracy that turns the idea of the Anthropocene away from its uniquely human focus. Even a reader unfamiliar...
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Novel (1 November 2014) 47 (3): 339–362.
Published: 01 November 2014
... Treatise of Human Nature (1739–40) stands in refutation of Defoe's iconic portrayal of human isolation. Instead, I argue for affinities between Hume's secular skepticism and Crusoe's religious faith and suggest that both Defoe and Hume channel the same spiritual allegory of the pilgrim as shipwrecked...
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Novel (1 August 2018) 51 (2): 210–225.
Published: 01 August 2018
...Jane Elliott Abstract This essay examines the relationship between dominant trends in contemporary popular aesthetics and the microeconomic imagination of human behavior, which centers on individual allocation of finite resources to self-determined ends. I argue that this way of modeling human...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 223–230.
Published: 01 August 2009
... in time and space that is “outside the bounds of humanity.” At a time when ideas of black kinlessness still had potency in US law and society, Du Bois's strange representation of blackness as a fourth dimension in space is counterintuitive. Why forgo the conventional novelistic categories of family...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 504–510.
Published: 01 November 2009
... of language? My argument is that the novels of this period chart a shift in the relationship between the two primal scenes outlined above, in which one eventually becomes the face of humanity while the other becomes the dead hand of inhumanity. In the end it is less the uncanny and easily...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 1–17.
Published: 01 May 2015
... bears out in its plot an indictment of law's inherent abjections and an interrogation of the value of life that seem to precociously articulate the consensus of today's hegemonic biopolitical theory: that human institutions tend inexorably to subjugate humanity itself. Yet the form of the novel develops...
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Novel (1 May 2016) 49 (1): 82–94.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Mario Ortiz-Robles Thomas Hardy's naturalism offers a view of human affairs based on probable outcomes that makes visible the biopolitical realignments of society at the end of the nineteenth century. In this essay, the figure of the animal in Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) acts as a test case...
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Novel (1 August 2010) 43 (2): 227–250.
Published: 01 August 2010
... describing a conventionally realist totality of social relations among individuals, such texts as Bleak House, Little Dorrit , and Our Mutual Friend imagine the human aggregate more paradoxically as a mass that exceeds any conceivable total. In emplotting the systematic failure of society to accommodate the...
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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 6–9.
Published: 01 May 2012
...William Flesch Most philosophical accounts of the puzzle of emotional engagement with characters we know to be fictional treat our emotion as static. This essay argues that it's part of the way humans interact with each other as a social species that a highly dynamic form of noncausal willing and...
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Novel (1 August 2011) 44 (2): 249–267.
Published: 01 August 2011
... incest through dialogue with inanimate objects reflects the special problem that the incest taboo poses to debates between cultural and biological approaches to the study of human behavior. The sound of incest in Pierre thus can be seen to generate a metaphysical skepticism that does not frustrate desire...