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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 451–459.
Published: 01 November 2009
... like the medical graphing instruments of the 1860s creates a continuous record of bodily sensation attending to scale, timing, and source, helps not just to construct a subjectivity through emotion but to assert the materiality of the fictional world supporting that subjectivity. More important, it...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 349–354.
Published: 01 August 2009
... oppressed other was the signature gesture of postmodern anti-instrumentality; given this tradition, nothing says the end of anti-instrumentality quite like the immediacy of abject, oppressed bodies. I read Oryx and Crake as a novel about the crisis of the anti-instrumental impulse, arguing that its...
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Novel (1 November 2014) 47 (3): 403–421.
Published: 01 November 2014
... the critic: it is only through a form of instrumentalized criticism that instrumental motives may be revealed. As a problem of modern consciousness, then, cynicism emerges not as a position to be taken, a problem to be diagnosed, or even an attitude but rather as an epistemological structure seeking a...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 167–185.
Published: 01 May 2014
... structures. I argue that the aesthetics at play in the novel as a genre are instrumental in creating and defining the demos and its limits; moreover, it is precisely at the site of the limit (figured within, say, the liminal space of the colony) that the more radical possibilities of democracy come into...
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Novel (1 May 2011) 44 (1): 31–46.
Published: 01 May 2011
... mystery of desire and deny the satisfying conclusion of revealing its putative truth. The Female Quixote constructs a space that escapes the instrumental understanding of desire that subtends realistic writing and reminds readers and critics to think twice before interpreting desire according to its rules...
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Novel (1 May 2011) 44 (1): 47–66.
Published: 01 May 2011
... viability of knowledge systems in both serial and omnibus forms, I argue that Inspector Bucket's conclusions regarding the murder of Tulkinghorn do not meet the epistemological standards set by the novel itself. Contrary to D. A. Miller's account of the novel as a closed disciplinary instrument, I argue...
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Novel (1 August 2018) 51 (2): 322–338.
Published: 01 August 2018
.... The role Cole accords storytelling lies less in its power to forge international contact zones or imagined communities than in its caution against a facile instrumentalism equating knowing with social transformation. Instead, Open City juxtaposes the urge for harmonious cross-cultural connection with...
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Novel (1 November 2018) 51 (3): 375–398.
Published: 01 November 2018
...), I suggest that the creative writing program not only was instrumental in shaping postwar American letters but also continues to be of great relevance for contemporary global South writing. The article argues that developing-world MFA novelists have redeployed a Cold War programmatic imperative to...
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Novel (1 May 2019) 52 (1): 1–22.
Published: 01 May 2019
... many kinds—the bildungsroman, the regional novel, crime fiction, the roman à clef, the biblical allegory. Transplanting conventions from these various genres into narrative contexts where they seem not to belong, Condition of England novels exploit generic dissonance as an instrument of open-ended...
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Novel (1 November 2015) 48 (3): 400–420.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Martin Zirulnik Odd phrases—certain vaguely humorous idiomatic figures of speech—are far too instrumental in the narrative development of Crane's fiction to be considered incidental, though their precise role remains obscure. At times, particular phrases and figures even seem to exert a surreal or...
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Novel (1 November 2015) 48 (3): 485–489.
Published: 01 November 2015
... pitfalls of Hegelian or Marxist dialectics, which, in his view, “tends toward a synthesis that resolves contradictory sociopolitical and intellectual forces” (10). Adorno's argument against instrumental rationality is here mobilized into a distinction between what Gui calls “critical nationality...
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Novel (1 November 2018) 51 (3): 525–528.
Published: 01 November 2018
... was treated with almost universal skepticism.) In terms of disciplines, what precisely are the roles and contributions of creative writers and creative readers in instrumental ages, and what are the safeguards that prevent them from becoming instruments of instrumentality? In the empire of the...
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Novel (1 August 2017) 50 (2): 288–290.
Published: 01 August 2017
... world-literature models. Forget English! argues that orientalism in theory and practice was instrumental in shaping literary canons in the West in relation to other parts of the world. In order to understand world literature, then, we must situate it within a longer history of orientalism. By way...
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Novel (1 May 2005) 39 (1): 146–149.
Published: 01 May 2005
... the patent debate and Eliot's own conviction that "for writing to be instrumental, it must be put into circulation, exchanged, and used; it cannot be hoarded (257). Oddly, Pettitt does not take up Romola, where this concern with the hoarding of intellectual property is treated not allegorically...
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Novel (1 May 2018) 51 (1): 117–120.
Published: 01 May 2018
... clear to what extent she admires Trilling or offers him as a model for an endorsed liberalism.) Basically, moral scruples about “instrumental action” (112) (or, we might say, about possessing and exercising power of any sort) lead Trilling to “privilege hesitation over commitment, appreciation of...
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Novel (1 May 2011) 44 (1): 3–5.
Published: 01 May 2011
... and transhistori- cal category of literature, the latter has also been shown to be a handmaiden of empire (Edward Said), an instrument for the formulation of nationalist projects (Doris Sommer), or an allegorical narrative for third-world predicament (Fredric Jameson). In The World Republic of...
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Novel (1 August 2015) 48 (2): 286–288.
Published: 01 August 2015
... intuitive than it does theorized. Norton argues that “the novel form . . . provided a uniquely valuable instrument for thinking about the nature and challenges of modern happiness,” a comparative claim that pits the genre's “attention to particularity”—its “responsiveness to the details of personal...
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Novel (1 November 2012) 45 (3): 487–491.
Published: 01 November 2012
...—classifications that only began to emerge after print capitalism had reached a certain point of development in the eighteenth century—have teasing affinities with instruments of credit. Critics such as Marc Shell, Jean-Joseph Goux, Martha Woodmansee, Mary Poovey, and many others have explored these points...
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Novel (1 August 2014) 47 (2): 316–318.
Published: 01 August 2014
... themselves, particularly Hardy and Grand, are themselves held up as effective theorists as well as instruments of the new mode of power, in essence actualizing through fiction the very forms that they speculatively imagine. In other words, literature stands as at once capable of a potent force of...
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Novel (1 November 2002) 35 (2-3): 169–192.
Published: 01 November 2002
.... The problem is not the mere superseding of instrumental reason or .. . the reason of terror of the postmodems; instead, it is a project of overcoming the world-system itself, such as it has developed for the past 500 years until today. ("Beyond" 19) The "civilizing" system has come to its...