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Novel (2000) 33 (2): 270–273.
Published: 01 August 2000
...SUZY ANGER The Idea of a Germ LAURA OTIS, Membranes: Metaphors of Invasion in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Science, and Politics (Baltimore:Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999), pp. 248, $45.00. In an 1895 article New York Commissioner of Health, Cyrus...
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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 (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 (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 (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): 1–10.
Published: 01 May 2010
... idea of the collection The Novel : “to make the literary field longer, larger, and deeper”—historically longer, geographically larger, and morphologically deeper than those few classics of nineteenth-century Western European “realism” that have dominated the recent theory of the novel (and my own work...
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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...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 490–496.
Published: 01 November 2009
... with nineteenth-century arguments over whether the novel reader was (erotically) entranced or (intellectually) edified. My claim is that the reader of Eliot is always both, and that implicit in Eliot's method of narrating character is the idea that novel reading offers access to a form of insight through...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 504–510.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Jules Law This essay examines the concept of the inhuman as it develops across a set of Victorian novels ( Villette, Little Dorrit , and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ). The post-structuralist and postmodern idea of the inhuman, I argue, develops out of two primal scenes: the self...
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Novel (2014) 47 (2): 210–223.
Published: 01 August 2014
...Elaine Freedgood Does the novelist, like the philosopher, need her “poor”? In this essay, Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary Barton is the test case for the idea that narrators (and, by extension, novelists) need their characters to be poor—intellectually, physically, spiritually—that narrators might remain...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 82–94.
Published: 01 May 2016
... for the idea that natural categories become the focus of a form of political rationalization based on chance. Wessex, the historical name Hardy gives to the fictional land on which most of his writing is set, can be understood from this perspective as a biopolitical construct upon which humans both obey...
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Novel (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 (2016) 49 (1): 95–114.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Tobias Boes Literary theory for the past century has been dominated by the assumption that the novel is a genre that responds to the feeling of “transcendental homelessness” that is both described and partially caused by transcendental philosophy. Central to this assumption is the idea that we can...
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Novel (2015) 48 (2): 167–189.
Published: 01 August 2015
...Benjamin Kohlmann This essay identifies the socialist bildungsroman as a distinct transnational genre of the twentieth-century novel. Contrary to recent theorizations of the bildungsroman that stress the link between narratives of individual formation and the organicist idea of the nation...
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Novel (2016) 49 (3): 409–428.
Published: 01 November 2016
... in Murakami's fiction, I suggest that we might draw from theories of reader response figured in scholarship on “surface reading” and also on the idea of “twofoldness” in aesthetic apprehension theorized by Richard Wollheim. Copyright © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 ethics alterity mimesis...
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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...