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Novel (1 May 2007) 41 (1): 173–176.
Published: 01 May 2007
...STUART BURROWS MITCHELL BREITWEISER, National Melancholy: Mourning and Opportunity in Classic American Literature (Stanford UP, 2007), pp. 336, cloth, $60.00. Copyright © Novel Corp. 2007 2007 Looking Back hVTCHELL BREITWEISER, National Melancholy...
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Novel (1 May 2018) 51 (1): 127–131.
Published: 01 May 2018
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 397–408.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Anna Kornbluh As the paradigmatic trend in literary study at present, “postcritique” implies that a great epoch of critique has come to a close. Taking the charge to look back over fifty years of Marxist theory of the novel, this polemic argues that critique cannot come to a close because it has...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 183–189.
Published: 01 August 2009
... of the imagination, literary critics sought to emphasize the palimpsestic nature of text by pointing to the unsayable and the indeterminate, and they devalued that which appeared mimetic, no matter what the text itself looked like. I explore the question of genre or narrative mode with special...
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Novel (1 May 2013) 46 (1): 116–132.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Joshua Gang What would modernist fiction look like if it were mindless and had no access to mental states? While modernism is often understood as a psychological turn inward, this article shows how introspective psychology competed against other psychological discourses—and how writers such as...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 366–372.
Published: 01 November 2009
... Lukács's interconnected blind spots were modernist form and imperial history, this essay looks to some of the central concepts of The Theory of the Novel, The Historical Novel , and Studies in European Realism for a broader, twentieth-century, and global frame of reference. To that end, it builds on two...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 393–399.
Published: 01 November 2009
... depicting what was, what happened. In this piece, however, I show how much contemporary narrative photography challenges precisely those views of photography that are most frequently found within fiction itself. Looking both at staged photography of the late 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s and at more recent...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 207–215.
Published: 01 August 2009
...Rita Barnard If, as Benedict Anderson has argued, the realist novel has a particularly close relationship to the nation, what kind of narrative form would be best suited to transnational or even global fictions? This essay proposes a few answers to this question by looking first at what Roger Ebert...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 216–222.
Published: 01 August 2009
... temporality of jazz or, more specifically, between prolepsis and parabasis. My essay looks at Paul de Man's and Georg Lukács's assertions that the novel is an essentially proleptic form and argues that the specific form of prolepsis it brings with it from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is out of...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 83–92.
Published: 01 May 2010
..., repurposing the period look, and enhancing the novels' romance plots, the Austen franchise now attempts to reach a largely female audience across a wide range of exhibition sectors, including in ancillary markets. Indeed, the Austen boom has also gone global, as filmmakers incorporate and indigenize Austen's...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 332–336.
Published: 01 August 2009
... culturally powerful at any given historical moment, it is necessary to look at the culture surrounding the production of that novel, and to do so in a way that takes into account the historical conditions that produced or made possible that particular cultural configuration. The modernist novel was perfectly...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 355–359.
Published: 01 August 2009
... and individuation are analogous to the source of sovereignty itself, “man's mind alone.” When Verney later exclaims “Thou, England, wert the triumph of man!” what makes England and mankind look like synonyms is this model of sovereignty as isolation leading to extension, individuation become...
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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 2014) 47 (1): 11–23.
Published: 01 May 2014
... a “caucus-race” is doing in Wonderland, this essay looks at the history of the caucus, recent political theories of democracy, Lewis Carroll's mathematical work on the theory and practice of elections, and, finally, his literary thinking about what it might really mean to live democratically...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 24–42.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Nancy Armstrong This essay looks at the form of sovereignty that Alexis de Tocqueville saw as uniquely American in relation to the form of self-sovereignty that had developed in eighteenth-century England and France. By 1840, American democracy had, in Tocqueville's view, become the perfect...
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Novel (1 August 2014) 47 (2): 224–241.
Published: 01 August 2014
...,” looks not just overtly Malthusian but deterministic in every sense: a brutal lesson in the impossibility of equality. Whether one approaches it, via Michel Foucault, as an illustration of power's inexorable grasp on life or, via Georg Lukács, as symptomatic of naturalism's dehumanizing ideological bent...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 167–185.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Elizabeth Maddock Dillon This article turns to the space of the colony in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world to offer an alternative theory of the novel—one that defines colonial geographies as constitutive of the novel as a genre rather than as marginal and inessential. In looking to such...
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Novel (1 August 2011) 44 (2): 165–185.
Published: 01 August 2011
... Adventures of Robinson Crusoe , and The Serious Reflections during the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe . The essay sets out to rediscover irony in the Crusoe novel itself—particularly the irony that gathers in its most religiously charged scenes—rather than looking for it, as most critics...
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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 13–18.
Published: 01 May 2012
... understand what factors influence a writer's decision about which characters will carry on complex mind-reading reflections and which will have to settle for simpler ones, we have to look into historically contingent genre conventions and contemporary ideological preoccupations of the society. I conclude by...
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Novel (1 August 2011) 44 (2): 186–207.
Published: 01 August 2011
... the limitations and plasticity of the realist mode. I look specifically at moments of self-referentiality in social realist writing as well as in the repeated claims by writers themselves about the mimetic purpose of social realism. In this way, I show how literary realism in the colony lived the dual...