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Novel (2009) 42 (1): 109–130.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Jefferson J. A. Gatrall Throughout the nineteenth century, dozens of authors across Europe and the United States—including Honoré de Balzac, Victor Hugo, Gustave Flaubert, Charles Dickens, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ivan Turgenev, and Rainer Maria Rilke—gave fictional form to the figure of Jesus...
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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 419–435.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Benjamin R. Davies Abstract The first two books of J. M. Coetzee's recent trilogy, The Childhood of Jesus (2013) and The Schooldays of Jesus (2016), are extremely strange. Just when “the Australian fiction,” following the works set in South Africa and various international locations, was thought...
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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 284–303.
Published: 01 August 2019
... power of belief in fiction. But belief is not a monolithic term in Coetzee's late work, nor does his disposition toward it remain static. This article examines two texts that display a related yet evolving concern with faith and belief— Elizabeth Costello (2003) and The Childhood of Jesus (2013...
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Novel (2004) 37 (1-2): 209–211.
Published: 01 August 2004
... and theoretical questions. Considering, for example, the young Mary Ann Evans's interpolation of the phrase "like fragments of granite" into her transla- tion of David Friedrich Strauss's Life of Jesus, Hertz notes Evans's own characterization of this addition as "impudent," but goes on to observe...
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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 307–316.
Published: 01 November 2020
...), one should read Coetzee's works “literally”—for their capacity to engender “a strangeness, a newness, a singularity, an inventiveness, an alterity in what I read” ( Attridge 40 ). Davies does not argue against Attridge so much as extend him. Thus in Davies's account, Coetzee's recent “Jesus” series...
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Novel (2009) 42 (1): iii–iv.
Published: 01 May 2009
... at Montclair State University. He is coeditor of Alter Icons: The Russian Icon and Modernity and a special issue of the journal arcadia. He has published articles on Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy, and Fyodor Dostoevsky and is currently working on a book about representations of the historical Jesus...
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Novel (2011) 44 (1): 159–163.
Published: 01 May 2011
... creates “poor white outcasts, misfits, and once-armed men” who do the “rough work of salvation” in the masks of dark Jesuses (91). Rather than rely on black characters, as Faulkner does, O’Connor makes Jesus into the ultimate racial cross-dresser to whom her white characters can appeal for “moments...
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Novel (2004) 38 (1): 5–20.
Published: 01 May 2004
... sinfulness, innocence attains a spectacular currency. There is an argument for reading Walt here as a Christ figure. The situation in which Jesus Christ made such a sensation was also one of "absolute sinfulness": this is the meaning of the passage in Matthew's gospel where Jesus tells his followers...
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Novel (2011) 44 (3): 333–353.
Published: 01 November 2011
..., as Auld whips a slave while citing Jesus’s line, “He that knoweth his master’s will, and doeth it not, shall be beaten with many stripes” (53). Harriet Jacobs made similar observations in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.5 Like Douglass, she argues that there is a “great difference between...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 133–136.
Published: 01 May 2017
...Nathaniel Conroy Pecora's last and longest chapter is a thoroughgoing study of the work of Coetzee, addressing almost all of his published fiction and offering a detailed reading of his most recent novel, The Childhood of Jesus (2013), set on the fictional island of Novilla, a name that Pecora...
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Novel (2012) 45 (1): 19–22.
Published: 01 May 2012
... existence of “What Would Jesus Do?” But I want to encourage us to think about the fact that reading may have decid- edly less than positive results. What if reading troubles us? What if it leaves us unmoved and indifferent? What if it depresses us? What if it bores us? It can cer- tainly do all...
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Novel (2020) 53 (1): 124–127.
Published: 01 May 2020
... at the popular writer Elizabeth Stuart Phelps and her Story of Jesus Christ (1897) before turning to Du Bois's “The Church and the Negro” (1913). In the necessary and possibly predictable chapter, “Feminine Niceness,” Bramen brings up the codes of sentimentality in relation to the nineteenth-century “Cult...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 431–436.
Published: 01 November 2009
...; and that instead of bowing before the name of Jesus, we were preparing to revive the worship of Moloch” (Ball 2: 420). His formulation, in which the cruelty of the war is conceived as a horrible anachronism and the reappearance of a suppos- edly long-extinct survival, was echoed by the Victorian historian...
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Novel (2011) 44 (2): 165–185.
Published: 01 August 2011
... seriously years later—that Milton is at his best when he is talking about the devil. In the preface to Serious Reflections, Crusoe claims Don Quixote and the teach- ings of Jesus as his literary predecessors (51, 53), but it is in the “Vision” at the end of Serious Reflections that Defoe comes...
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Novel (2005) 39 (1): 48–74.
Published: 01 May 2005
...-and the intimacy of the preacher-that give Dinah's sermon its discomfiting effectiveness within her circle of listeners. Dinah believes in visible manifestations of Jesus (31), and ar- gues that the poor in particular need to cultivate their awareness of God's grace, to work against their reasonable fears...
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Novel (2015) 48 (3): 344–362.
Published: 01 November 2015
... of the novel's action. Tranquilina holds Turtle's body in a pose recalling the pietà, a radical resignification of that image, as Turtle maintains the posture of the dead Jesus, with Tranquilina occupying Mary's role. That Turtle and Tranquilina are taken for dogs by the QA amplifies the grim foreclosure...
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Novel (2006) 39 (2): 204–220.
Published: 01 August 2006
... it is subversive on one hand, the portrait is as conformist as Tom's emulation of Jesus on the other. Ironically, whereas whites imitated blacks through blackface, Tom is imitating white culture by blackening George Washington. But if the portrait represents hybridity, it can also suggest Stowe's belief...
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Novel (2021) 54 (1): 19–42.
Published: 01 May 2021
... clear in the last chapter that Zuratas, the storyteller, is telling these stories and mixing Western Jewish allusions into them, such as references to Franz Kafka's protagonist Gregor Samsa and to Jesus Christ. It also becomes clear in the epilogue that after seeing a photograph of an hablador...
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Novel (2013) 46 (1): 26–49.
Published: 01 May 2013
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Novel (2000) 34 (1): 28–55.
Published: 01 May 2000
..." or "to acquire a saving interest in the Blood of Jesus" (qtd. in Spring 39). This economic and spiritual equation cut both ways, as it also lent a providential connotation to the operations of the markeL5 Oliver Twist draws most overtly on the model of the didactic tracts by provid- ing negative...