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Novel (2020) 53 (2): 213–234.
Published: 01 August 2020
... of siblings: the Victorian family chronicle. Family chronicles understand their large families as systems; they celebrate the replaceability of relationships rather than the irreplaceability of individuals. By insisting that a flourishing group can function in the absence of any particular person...
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Novel (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 (2000) 33 (3): 307–327.
Published: 01 November 2000
... . Social Statics . 1850 . New York: Robert Schalkenbach Association, 1970 . Williams , Raymond . The Country and the City . New York: Oxford UP, 1973 . When Bad Things Happen to Bad People: Liability and Individual Consciousness in Adam Bede...
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Novel (2018) 51 (1): 144–147.
Published: 01 May 2018
... with the question of equality, it does not do away with the problem of how to distribute the commons. The second is a utopia based on a radical equality and hence on division—everyone gets an equal share, and ownership of said share is absolute, generating an almost libertarian-like understanding of individual...
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Novel (2013) 46 (2): 214–233.
Published: 01 August 2013
...Michael Klotz This essay argues that the depiction of characters in Victorian realist fiction was shaped by an emerging cultural interest in the aggregation and analysis of statistical information about historical individuals and the subsequent production of the hypothetical persons of statistical...
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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 360–382.
Published: 01 November 2020
.... This legacy, the essay demonstrates, reveals an underexamined aspect of the neoliberal mind-set that dominates the post–Cold War world. Rather than promote the worthiness of individual, self-serving action, Ishiguro's novels bring to the forefront something different though no less pernicious: a wholescale...
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Novel (2017) 50 (2): 176–196.
Published: 01 August 2017
...Jonathan H. Grossman Critics have long conceded that the characters in A Tale of Two Cities are noticeably not fleshed out as individuals by the historical context of the French Revolution, and recently we have begun to figure out why: Dickens is depicting the French Revolution as a struggle...
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Novel (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 (2015) 48 (1): 85–102.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Robert Higney This essay examines the relationship between character and institution in Conrad's Nostromo . It argues that Nostromo undoes the Victorian impulse to reconcile the individual and the social world in the conventions of the bildungsroman and the adoption and modification of those...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 355–359.
Published: 01 August 2009
... than the American. The Last Man further exposes an isomorphism between the imperial and the individual in the romantic politics we still inhabit. If England exerts a sovereign sway, an actual geopolitical force emanating, via maritime prowess from a “sea-surrounded nook,” it is because its isolation...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 218–239.
Published: 01 August 2022
...Amanpal Garcha Abstract In its depictions of characters' processes of decision-making, Jane Austen's Emma incorporates a model of choice that later came to dominate neoclassical economics. This model is preferential choice, which asserts that individuals choose based on their subjective...
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Novel (2016) 49 (3): 486–503.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Kyoko Takanashi Taking Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey as a case study, this article explores how mid-eighteenth-century novels of sensibility theorized mediation—and by extension, the very act of reading. Sentimental fiction draws attention to the instability of individual feeling...
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Novel (2018) 51 (3): 482–501.
Published: 01 November 2018
... of narrowly specialized, slow-to-adapt “genies.” Since genies are optimized for highly specific micro-environments, the same “species” of genie may form in any two individuals who share such a micro-environment, with this indifference to the boundaries of the person making it possible for a shared genie-type...
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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 (1): 38–46.
Published: 01 May 2010
... writing comes to seem a site where autonomous individuals, endowed with deep feelings, can find a selfhood molded by the thoughts of others but not dogged by the “tyranny of the prevailing opinion and feeling.” Mill eventually decides that immersing oneself in the written emotions and thoughts of others...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 343–348.
Published: 01 August 2009
..., historically inside the field of civil society yet ideologically outside it, assumes a relentless antagonism to its norms. The division of narratives maps the conceptual antagonism between civil society, a collective composed of individuals and a formal system of regulated differences, and fanaticism...
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Novel (2010) 43 (2): 227–250.
Published: 01 August 2010
... of individualism, the current essay argues that Dickens's fiction instead performs an ongoing and intentionally failed experiment in population management. The Dickensian novel generates an apparent surplus of biological life that allows its narratives to reconstitute the social body in new terms; rather than...
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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 (2018) 51 (1): 17–35.
Published: 01 May 2018
... of the cognitive standards of liberal citizenship, statistical sciences around the time of the 1867 Reform Act reversed the usual priority given to the individual over the collective, redefining the self as a compilation of demographic and social information. When Anthony Trollope's 1867 Phineas Finn performs...
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Novel (2012) 45 (3): 433–454.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Sam Alexander This article proposes that the narratological problem of character in Joyce's Ulysses is inseparable from the biopolitical problem of population. More important than the presentation or ontological status of any individual character in Joyce's novel is the sheer number of characters...