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Novel (2005) 39 (1): 135–137.
Published: 01 May 2005
...JONATHAN H. GROSSMAN DANIEL HACK, The Material Interests of the Victorian Novel (Charlottesville: U of Virginia P, 2005), pp. 240, cloth, $39.50. Copyright © Novel Corp. 2005 2005 Materialities of Writing DANIEL HACK, The Material Interests of the Victorian...
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Novel (2018) 51 (1): 101–116.
Published: 01 May 2018
...Héctor Hoyos Abstract New materialist approaches to the novel call into question the hermeneutical value of suspicion and critique. Meanwhile, historical materialism tends to neglect aspects of form, focusing instead on social function. Drawing from Las comidas profundas (1997), by Cuban writer...
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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 383–398.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Kate Wilkinson Abstract Daily communication today is predominantly digital, but contemporary novels continue to be interested in paper letters. Why? What do letters, written on paper, offer to the novel in the twenty-first century? This essay explores the material letter's contemporary value...
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Novel (2022) 55 (3): 388–405.
Published: 01 November 2022
... has reached its limit. It is now blocking the kinds of political action that will be necessary to slowing the pace of climate change and building material conditions for collective flourishing. This is a moment for novel critics, then, to rethink our relationship to endings. The nineteenth‐century...
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Novel (2016) 49 (3): 504–518.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Christina Lupton This article asks what it means to consider a twenty-first-century novel as a machine able to talk about its own materiality. Is it a series of keystrokes or digital files or marks on a page? If, as Friedrich Kittler presumes, digital technology has boosted the autopoietic...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 442–459.
Published: 01 November 2019
...: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network advocates considering forms in terms of their affordances, “the potential uses or actions latent in materials and designs” (6). This depends, however, on the reliable identification of forms in a particular text, activity, or material; and the critical response to John...
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Novel (2011) 44 (2): 186–207.
Published: 01 August 2011
... of representing the material world and taking on a materiality of its own, as language marked by aspiration and potentiality. This “projective realism” is epitomized by Ahmed Ali's 1940 novel Twilight in Delhi. Twilight , by offering an interpretation of history as a performance, a series of snapshots...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 360–379.
Published: 01 August 2022
... ), and operates as credit for labor that must still be delivered ( The Cockroach ). However, as these novels also indicate, money's social field does not free it of its material debts to labor, for the material must ultimately underwrite fictitious capital. Remainder develops this field aspect of money...
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Novel (2013) 46 (2): 234–252.
Published: 01 August 2013
...Kate Marshall This essay makes the case for a reconsideration of Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy within the history of the modernist novel and its medial legacies by attending to the complex relationship enacted throughout the text between material forms and structures of interiority...
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Novel (2013) 46 (2): 253–274.
Published: 01 August 2013
...Elizabeth Outka This article takes up Rita Felski's recent call to modernists to explore how Bruno Latour's latest work on actor-network theory might be adapted for literary studies. It examines two accounts of World War I soldiers who (allegedly) return from the dead in material form: Virginia...
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Novel (2013) 46 (3): 438–452.
Published: 01 November 2013
...John Lurz This essay reorients discussions of Daniel Deronda from its rather tortured generic classifications to a more focused awareness of the novel's particular material medium of transmission in the book. It contrasts the investment in generic forms evinced by Gwendolen and Daniel in the first...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 85–102.
Published: 01 May 2015
... conventions in Conrad's earlier novels (such as Lord Jim ) by constructing a narrative in which development has been relocated from the interesting individual to what the novel calls “material interests” and what Conrad elsewhere terms “political institutions.” Nostromo' s flattened characters, proliferation...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 423–430.
Published: 01 November 2009
... Americans and abolitionists found in Bleak House a material and imaginative resource for their efforts to tell the stories they wanted to tell and build the communities they sought to build. They did so even though Bleak House not only fails to imagine a community that includes Africans, African Americans...
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Novel (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...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 304–310.
Published: 01 August 2009
... at the close of the nineteenth century via corsetless ingenues somnambulating alone in public after dark. These popular fictions converge with material culture in the dress reforms of fashion designers to advance women's increased mobility and sexual license—but at a cost. Together they connect women...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 517–523.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Caroline Levine This essay asks what the form of the long Victorian novel is peculiarly capable of accomplishing. It introduces the term affordance , from cognitive psychology and design, which refers to the range of potential actions and uses latent in objects and materials. What potentialities...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 157–162.
Published: 01 May 2010
... capable of novelty, of imagining new forms of subjectivity, material relations, and social systems? © 2010 by Novel, Inc. 2010 Novel Futures Annette Van In buying futures, desire is key. In whose (or what’s) interests are these futures being sold, bought, and traded...
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Novel (2012) 45 (2): 301–326.
Published: 01 August 2012
... that narratives of the nation-state ( devlet ), bound to the secularization thesis, have often been contested by Ottoman, Islamic, and Sufi contexts (signifying din ). I argue that the unresolved opposition between the secular, material narratives of devlet and the sacred, redemptive narratives of din...
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Novel (2010) 43 (3): 483–499.
Published: 01 November 2010
... the novel as a genre, but because it circulates as a highly institutionalized material artifact, which has thus far been presented and understood in questionable ways. Indeed, whether seen as a text or a book, or both, Diary obliges us to confront the central challenges facing literary criticism today. ©...
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Novel (2011) 44 (3): 354–381.
Published: 01 November 2011
... with the material conditions that surrounded its publication in 1880, exposes a wider range of approaches to literary authorship and acceptable literary practice in nineteenth-century Quebec than literary historians have heretofore considered appropriate. The author shifts attention away from the Romantic...