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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 347–368.
Published: 01 November 2019
... literature into the mechanism of the world literary system, writers and translators transformed localism into an assimilable cult of culture. By looking at the shift of value in Chinese literature in the 1980s in relation to a change of consciousness in Euro-American literary culture in the same period...
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Novel (2018) 51 (3): 438–460.
Published: 01 November 2018
... that attend upon this place. What might it mean, in fact, for Foe' s ending to cross the Novel's thresholds only to stage a total “blackout” of the realist novel's meaning-producing mechanism and the story of individual experience the genre has valorized? This article draws on Coetzee's unpublished notebooks...
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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 360–382.
Published: 01 November 2020
... opt instead for risk-averse and mechanical-like behaviors that are antonymous to change. This, however, is not a solely aesthetic phenomenon, and the essay examines the figure of the nonactor in Ishiguro's novels as part of a broader turn toward nonaction. It does so by considering this figure...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 63–84.
Published: 01 May 2015
... the same dynamic potential of network form to put in motion the mechanisms of social life. Taking a novel form traditionally organized around the story of a self, Dickens used serial publication to incorporate variety, change, and new combinations of radically heterogeneous characters into each new...
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Novel (2015) 48 (3): 400–420.
Published: 01 November 2015
... of speaking. I argue, however, that rather than using narrative to literalize figurative phrases, ironically displaying hidden social mechanisms, Crane's fiction is directly concerned with the processes by which such phrases are themselves born and naturalized in narration. These rhetorical processes...
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Novel (2014) 47 (1): 149–166.
Published: 01 May 2014
... both to legitimize “the People” of democracy and to manage the inherent instability in that category, and dominant theoretical models for explaining literature's democratic potential have also relied on and naturalized those mechanisms. Yet Krik? Krak! indexes the many exclusions smuggled in through...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 190–195.
Published: 01 August 2009
... exploration in media related to “The Work of Art in the Age of Its Mechanical Reproducibility.” Mid-twentieth-century arguments concerning “the death of the novel” in the West arise in relation to the diminished place of the book in the age of cinema and then later TV. Likewise, if they are to gain full...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 423–430.
Published: 01 November 2009
... the surprisingly extensive antebellum engagement with Bleak House on the part of African Americans and abolitionists, I show how such a combination of methods enables us to tease out the determinants, mechanics, and implications of readerly identification and appropriation across racial and national lines. African...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 23–30.
Published: 01 May 2010
... argued is the novel's tendency to “disintegrate into disparate, heterogeneous parts” ( Theory of the Novel ), this essay explores the mechanisms by which both photography and the novel stage their own totality. In doing so, I follow theorists of the novel such as Michael McKeon and Terry Eagleton as well...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 504–510.
Published: 01 November 2009
... confronted with its own uncanny mirror image and the self confronted with a mechanically iterable verbal signifier. Thus the essay begins with the premise that the inhuman is constituted through a subjection to—as Jacques Lacan might say—the itinerary of the signifier. But since this is a fate that could...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 337–342.
Published: 01 August 2009
... toward using mechanical philosophy in science, the disciplining of the body in order to maximize production and reproduction, and the increasing popularity of novel reading. Sterne's novel features stopped clocks, broken machines, and stories that, despite titillating beginnings, fail to satisfy...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 349–354.
Published: 01 August 2009
... and Crake and other recent novels are reversing this process, drawing the fleshly reality of suffering to the immediate present of the text through various mechanisms of form and content. Placing this shift in relation to poststructuralist theory, I argue that maintaining an ethical distance from...
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Novel (2012) 45 (2): 276–300.
Published: 01 August 2012
... that enable them to be grouped across standard literary-historical periods. Each text draws on allegory to dramatize how brute physicality emerges with an almost mechanical inevitability in conditions of imperial transition. Whether it arrives as a dark double (Stevenson), an atavistic exception (Agamben...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 148–150.
Published: 01 May 2015
... Coale argues that the twentieth century is the quantum era, riddled with all of the indeterminacies, blurriness, and entanglements that he attributes to quantum theory, which he describes as the “philosophical basis for quantum physics” (1). He acknowledges that “to truly understand quantum mechanics...
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Novel (2013) 46 (2): 336–339.
Published: 01 August 2013
... of this posthuman condition, arguing that the human-mechanical forms of identity described by such contemporary theorists as N. Katherine Hayles and Donna Haraway are as much a product of Victorian culture as they are of postmodernism. In this sense, The Lives of Machines is first an ambitious “recu...
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Novel (2012) 45 (1): 144–147.
Published: 01 May 2012
... but also a textual methodology for Victorian novels” (2). Because both claim to apprehend through vision, the realist novel and the medical case study share an investment in the detached, clinical gaze, or what Kennedy labels “the ideal of mechanical observation” (6). This “gaze” ideally aims...
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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 261–283.
Published: 01 August 2019
... particle, according to quantum mechanics, can be located in a fuzzy mixture of here and there, yet we don't see such behavior in the big, everyday world. But exactly where is the border? And, of vital importance, how do the two sets of rules interface when the big world of the everyday confronts...
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Novel (2013) 46 (1): 50–72.
Published: 01 May 2013
... : MIT P , 1994 . Stewart Larry . The Rise of Public Science: Rhetoric, Technology, and Natural Philosophy in Newtonian Britain, 1660–1750 . Cambridge : Cambridge UP , 1992 . Vaucanson Jacques de . An Account of the Mechanism of an Automaton, or Image Playing on the German-Flute...
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Novel (2020) 53 (2): 295–298.
Published: 01 August 2020
... in constructing a credible fictional world. Instead, she argues, these more mechanical modes of character construction are concerned with the mechanization of Victorian life—and, equally so, with the blurred boundaries this mechanization creates between the human and the automaton. Each chapter explores...
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Novel (2004) 38 (1): 57–83.
Published: 01 May 2004
...: Indiana UP, 1991 . Cohan , George M. , and George J. Nathan “The Mechanics of Emotion.” McClure’s ( November 1913 ). Dale , Alan . Comedy Is a Man in Trouble: Slapstick in American Movies . Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2000 . Douglas , Ann . The Feminization of American...