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Novel (2000) 33 (2): 270–273.
Published: 01 August 2000
...SUZY ANGER LAURA OTIS, Membranes: Metaphors of Invasion in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Science, and Politics (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), pp. 248, $45.00. Copyright © Novel Corp. 2000 2000 The Idea of a Germ LAURA OTIS, Membranes...
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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 419–435.
Published: 01 November 2020
... to Plato and Don Quixote helps scrutinize their philosophy and reach the thesis of this essay: that with these books, Coetzee experiments with a form that goes beyond the novel. Copyright © 2020 by Novel, Inc. 2020 allegory novel form parenthood childhood idea substance...
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Novel (2013) 46 (2): 275–295.
Published: 01 August 2013
...Tim Watson I analyze Saul Bellow's 1959 novel Henderson the Rain King as a prime example of a postwar American transformation in the idea of culture, in which anthropological ideas of culture as a whole way of life partially displaced an idea of culture as refinement. Bellow's protagonist, Eugene...
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Novel (2020) 53 (1): 16–36.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Torleif Persson Abstract This article begins by noting that recent debates about the relevance of Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man to contemporary American culture enact an opposition between historicism (the idea that the novel is a Jim Crow artifact) and universalism (the idea that it transcends...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 72–77.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Caroline Reitz Theories of the novel have made us comfortable with the idea of the novel's trademark heteroglossia and dynamism. We accept that the novel, according to Bakhtin, “best of all reflects the tendencies of a new world still in the making” and that, according to Franco Moretti...
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Novel (2012) 45 (3): 433–454.
Published: 01 November 2012
.... After examining the census's influence on episodes such as “Ithaca” and “Wandering Rocks,” the author argues that Joyce embraces a key assumption of the statistical movement that gave rise to the census: the idea that individuals are quantifiable, and thus commensurate, almost to the point of being...
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Novel (2013) 46 (3): 438–452.
Published: 01 November 2013
... this transition from general ideas to their individualized incarnations, it explores the way in which the affective investment necessary for this conversion depends on a prolonged experience of shared time and space. By showing how the novel extends to written documents themselves the effects of shared time...
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Novel (2010) 43 (2): 207–226.
Published: 01 August 2010
...Michael Davidson This essay investigates the idea of biofuturity within modernism, focusing specifically on the figure of male maternity in Djuna Barnes's Nightwood . Although the figure of the pregnant male occurs in ancient and classical literature, it surfaces significantly in modernist works...
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Novel (2010) 43 (3): 401–423.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Samuel Cross This essay closely examines Henry James's notion of “tact”—caution in what one says about others—treating the idea from an ethical perspective. I trace James's ethics of tact through his late The Wings of the Dove , arguing that the author holds himself to certain stringent standards...
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Novel (2012) 45 (1): 19–22.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Kate Flint In this response piece, I consider the variety of ways in which reading may be said to work upon a reader, and I bring out the importance of the idea of affect in this respect. I note that affect is frequently conceived of in a positive light, and my argument shifts to ask what happens...
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Novel (2011) 44 (2): 229–248.
Published: 01 August 2011
... of the kind of specialized cultural attention that childhood had become over a century earlier. One place where we can see this change happen is the work of Henry James. The adult is not a fact of nature that James exploits but rather an idea that he helps to construct, both through the way he talks about...
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Novel (2020) 53 (1): 37–56.
Published: 01 May 2020
... to be one's own. But although the bildungsroman as a genre is often thought to be concerned with the formation of an individual subject, the concept of Bildung articulated by Goethe and his Weimar associates in the 1790s in fact assigns a particular importance to the idea of vicarious experience...
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Novel (2020) 53 (1): 76–95.
Published: 01 May 2020
...Madigan Haley Abstract This article examines how certain works of global fiction have conceived of their ethical and political agency through the form and act of gathering. Discussions of the global novel's relationship to collective life have often adapted the ideas of Benedict Anderson in order...
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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 452–471.
Published: 01 November 2020
... dramatizes a citizen-science response to marine debris and theorizes marine science as a mode of witnessing and a mode of reading. Furthermore, by bringing her depictions of marine science into conversation with the Zen Buddhist practice of not-knowing, Ozeki meditates upon the idea that attempts to know...
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Novel (2021) 54 (1): 85–103.
Published: 01 May 2021
... implications of Farah's ideas about both necropolitics and the limits of the novel form in the face of authoritarian power. Copyright © 2021 by Novel, Inc. 2021 I can remember when Somalia, the country of my birth, became dead to me . . . I intended to keep my country alive by writing about...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 361–365.
Published: 01 November 2009
... people has been far more controversial, and rightly so. Because to the degree that they have been perceived to be in or of another time, black people have also been excluded from dominant constructions of Western modernity, such as those of Hegel and Jefferson. Yet the idea that African Americans inhabit...
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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): 393–399.
Published: 01 November 2009
... by photography. I argue that many novelists need the idea of photography as freezing a moment in time to meet their own narrative ends, to signify an instant of stopped action: that way, too, they retain authorial control of the (imaginary) photograph's signification. Their version of photography is underwritten...
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Novel (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 (2010) 43 (1): 38–46.
Published: 01 May 2010
... that ends, in On Liberty (1859), with Mill's idea that the insidious and invasive powers of the social realm may be circumvented by taking refuge, and taking pleasure, in text-based intimacy, an intimacy that allows others' thoughts and feelings to be present as representations. For Mill, public persuasive...