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Novel (1 November 2000) 33 (3): 353–376.
Published: 01 November 2000
... of Revolution: Images of Romanticism . Eds. Alison Yarrington and Kelvin Everest. New York: Routledge, 1993 . 26 –38. Brilliant , Richard . Portraiture . Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1991 . Cooter , Roger . The Cultural Meaning of Popular Science: Phrenology and the Organization of...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 159–161.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet Kowal Ewa , The “Image-Event” in the Early Post-9/11 Novel: Literary Representations of Terror after September 11, 2001 ( Krakow : Jagiellonian UP , 2012 ) , pp. 151, paper, $40.00 . Copyright © 2015 by Duke University Press 2015 It has become a commonplace that...
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Published: 01 November 2015
Figure 1. From René Descartes, Discours cinquiesme [ Fifth Discourse ] : Des images qui se foment sur le fond de l'oeil (Paris: Le Gras, 1658), 36, 39, 42, 45. Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto. Figure 1. From René Descartes, Discours cinquiesme [Fifth Discourse]: Des More
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Novel (1 August 2016) 49 (2): 295–315.
Published: 01 August 2016
... experience is latent in the still image, or at least in some still photographs. This temporal quality, I argue, is productively imagined by relating still photography to what literary scholars think of as narrative. In this, I am guided by two questions: First, simply, in what respects might still...
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Novel (1 November 2012) 45 (3): 409–432.
Published: 01 November 2012
... dossier by considering Conrad's images of frenzy as a representation of what religious anthropologists now call “possession trance.” This essay argues that Conrad's artistic insights into possession trance cannot simply be dismissed as a distorting image of Africa but emerge out of a carefully crafted...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 467–473.
Published: 01 November 2009
... juxtaposes a mother's oral storytelling with a son reading the first page in his Igbo primer, the first book ever to enter the family compound. The novel narrates the coming of literacy to Igboland by focusing on three quite different images: the python in a box as an image for the book (and the...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 65–71.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Dierdra Reber Given the cultural ascendance of visuality, what is the place of the written text within visual culture? Are there ways in which written narrative strategies privilege image over word? This essay studies how three Latin American texts move generationally toward the current era of...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 116–123.
Published: 01 May 2010
..., dwelling on each image—the more we have had to say. Canonization, the vector of less, and close reading, the vector of more, are thus the paradoxical countermovements of the modern literary system. Ideology has also served that system well, sharing with close reading the logic of the physical: to grow by...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 132–139.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Randall Stevenson Walter Benjamin's image of the backward-looking angel of history dates from 1944 but is also relevant to earlier parts of the twentieth century, especially after August 1914. Rebecca West's Return of the Soldier is paradigmatic in theme and form of a well-charted modernist...
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Novel (1 May 2009) 42 (1): 109–130.
Published: 01 May 2009
... iconography, and western archeological advances into Palestine. The principal authors under consideration—Franz Delitzsch, Lew Wallace, and Ferdinando Petruccelli—each exploited a potent combination of ancient Christ images and modern race theory to construct detailed literary portraits of the historical...
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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 10–12.
Published: 01 May 2012
... also holds sway in philosophy and literature. The concept of the plastic—which she defines, using the image of plastic explosive, as the capacity to give form and the capacity to take form—refers to mutability, change, exchange, morphing, metamorphosis, and transformation. Plastic reading is a...
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Novel (1 May 2017) 50 (1): 56–76.
Published: 01 May 2017
... House (1927) turns away from the possibilities explored by Lawrence, Hemingway, Woolf, Proust, Joyce, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald, seeking instead moments of aesthetic translucence, the overlay of one image, or one sound, on top of another. Such moments of overlay (or overtone) encapsulate the problem as...
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Novel (1 May 2016) 49 (1): 115–138.
Published: 01 May 2016
... the difficulty inheres in the planetary scale itself. Concluding that all contemporary planetarities—like their early twentieth-century equivalents—are at least partly attempts to remake the world in our preferred image, the argument closes by considering a humbler alternative inspired by fleeting...
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Novel (1 November 2016) 49 (3): 467–485.
Published: 01 November 2016
... extreme hesitation, and clauses accumulate without clarifying, massing instead into a thick linguistic fog. Thus James's writing delivers an image of the minimalist novel not as a thing of terse flatness or truncated form but as an extravagantly intricate withdrawal from the novel's meaning-making...
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Novel (1 November 2016) 49 (3): 504–518.
Published: 01 November 2016
... materially decipherable as paper sequences, portable objects, material containers of letters arranged on a page and yet not being fully free of this image of the book? Focusing on Tom McCarthy's Remainder (2005) and Ali Smith's The Accidental (2005) as novels that speak from what Jacques Derrida calls the...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 393–399.
Published: 01 November 2009
... by the theories of Roland Barthes in Camera Lucida ; many innovative contemporary photographers, however, have preferred an earlier Barthean model in which spectators are set loose to find their own interpretations of an image, effectively becoming writers of fictions themselves. © 2009 by Novel, Inc...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 410–416.
Published: 01 November 2009
... precondition for “higher” pursuits—a transparent means to other ends. But the sway the concept of “progress” exerts over images of forward movement, specifically the movement of stories that shape cultural notions of what makes a life worthwhile, is such that these narratives are seldom read on their own terms...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 223–230.
Published: 01 August 2009
... and kinship? Although Du Bois's narrative repeats an image of black kinlessness, it creates a catachrestic novel form through which to uncover the illogical historical logic of kinlessness. Only a catachrestic narrative space like Du Bois's fourth dimension can make kinlessness intelligible as a fully...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 83–92.
Published: 01 May 2010
... sustains the millennial Jane Austen mania. Adapting Austen's narratives more freely than did the 1990s versions, these films hope to capture the same crossover, multigenerational, mixed-sex audience yet also seek to market Austen for a new mass cohort of teenaged girls. Updating the stars' images...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 504–510.
Published: 01 November 2009
... confronted with its own uncanny mirror image and the self confronted with a mechanically iterable verbal signifier. Thus the essay begins with the premise that the inhuman is constituted through a subjection to—as Jacques Lacan might say—the itinerary of the signifier. But since this is a fate that could...