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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 1–22.
Published: 01 May 2019
...John Kucich Abstract Generic innovation has the potential to create strong new frameworks for political discourse. Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South hybridizes two nineteenth-century narrative genres—political melodrama and domestic fiction—to invite readerly involvement in the creation of new...
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Novel (2018) 51 (1): 79–100.
Published: 01 May 2018
... melodrama, epic, and, in this case, romance) that the realist tradition had ostensibly superseded. Understanding how the formal expansiveness of literary genres can be mobilized strategically, it concludes, affords a critical perspective for analyzing the Anthropocene—a concept whose narrative...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 112–122.
Published: 01 May 2017
... styles and markets is subdued through melodrama's focus on affective rather than taste-making practices, appearing as a viable metaphor of the fate of book-objects in a zero-sum marketplace. This article focuses on Rich and Famous , which explores the question of affinity between women, lowbrow...
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Novel (2013) 46 (2): 323–327.
Published: 01 August 2013
.... These include the subgenre of nautical melodrama in its heyday, the play of Heathcliff and Cathy in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, the American nature writing of Scottish émigrés John Muir and Robert Louis Ste- venson, and the life and death of Oscar Wilde. These four readings follow a chapter theo...
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Novel (2021) 54 (2): 227–247.
Published: 01 August 2021
....” The novel is not the genre around which discussions of recognition typically take place. From Aristotle's discussion of tragedy in the Poetics to nineteenth-century melodrama, that distinction has belonged to drama, a genre in which moments of recognition are often stark and immediately transformative...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 308–321.
Published: 01 August 2018
... in the elaborate psychological structure it is able to build upon them. In this way, the entire text mimics the action of book 2, where Maggie refuses her role in the melodrama, only to engage in a cruel, if immensely subtle, manipulation of Charlotte Stant into defeat. The novel, that is to say, is antitheatrical...
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Novel (2018) 51 (3): 502–524.
Published: 01 November 2018
... favorite notion is that singing tends to empty sounds of semantic meaning, to the point where they effectively become music” ( 144 ); to the point, that is, where meaning is the afterthought of utterance, which is precisely the sonic realm exploited by the declamatory qualities of the melodrama...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 188–209.
Published: 01 August 2018
... inadvertently formed a substantial network of like-minded arguments on the power of emotion, sentimentality, morality, melodrama, or what I call epistemological affect. Nicole Eustace's Passion Is the Gale: Emotion, Power, and the Coming of the American Revolution ( 2008 ) argues that popular discourse...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 393–399.
Published: 01 November 2009
... Works Cited Bright , Susan . Art Photography Now . New York: Aperture, 2005 . Edwards , Kathleen . Acting Out: Invented Melodrama in Contemporary Photography . Seattle: U of Washington P, 2005 . Edwards , Kim . The Memory Keeper's Daughter . New York: Penguin, 2005...
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Novel (2002) 36 (1): 126–128.
Published: 01 May 2002
... and a melodrama about the ill-fated Franklin expedition to the Arctic, The Frozen Deep. But Collins was also beginning to prosper under his own name-The Woman in White came out in 1860-and, as Lillian Nayder tells the story, he increasingly chafed at Dickens's heavy-handed editorial authority...
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Novel (2007) 41 (1): 166–168.
Published: 01 May 2007
... on the pleasures of melodrama, Lesjak reads &IS relation in the novel's well-known generic swerve as Mary rushes to save Jem at his trial. Melo- drama, Lesjak reminds us, dramatizes working class oppression, while vitiating working- class agency. She argues, however, that Mary Barton does not simply erase...
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Novel (2012) 45 (1): 140–143.
Published: 01 May 2012
... working-class men were eventually given the vote by the 1867 Reform Act, the debate that forms the deep background for all of Daly’s readings.) The Colleen Bawn uses melodrama to investigate a cross-class liaison; the “rescue” of the peasant girl by a gentle- man is perhaps a compensatory fantasy...
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Novel (2001) 34 (3): 411–433.
Published: 01 November 2001
... marry a pair of lovers-is magnetically repellant, both absorbing and unbearable. Its relentless melodrama forces the reader's sympathies, and yet the novel confounds such sympathies by shifting into a preposterous alienation from that melodrama and the persons in- volved. The radical deflection...
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Novel (2018) 51 (1): 132–135.
Published: 01 May 2018
... contradiction through affect, or what in other contexts comes under the heading of melodrama. So while not a staunch partisan on this point—readers will marvel at his equanimity—Jagoda wants to push past history, infrastructure, and the sciences of control, swinging our collective attention back toward...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 139–142.
Published: 01 May 2016
.... The modernists shunned romantic excess and melodrama, thus were suspicious of the grand sweeping worldview that gives us the tearful recognition scenes in Charles Dickens or the coups de théâtre in Victor Hugo. Deprived of such events, the modernist novel tends to plotlessness and presents the novelist...
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Novel (2014) 47 (3): 481–484.
Published: 01 November 2014
..., and melodrama and then moving to nontheatrical perfor- mances. Most sustained is Rigney’s analysis of the craze for medieval ‘‘tourneys’’ based on Ivanhoe after the Civil War in the American South, which, unlike theatrical adaptations of Scott’s novel, entirely ignored Rebecca in favor of the Saxon Rowena...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 83–92.
Published: 01 May 2010
... the female spectator is a member of a highly prized demographic as well. Although Hollywood genre flicks (horror, the western, road pictures) attract teenage male viewers, the woman’s film (the melodrama or romance) seduces female spectators to the theater and later to the ancillary market and its...
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Novel (2011) 44 (1): 121–125.
Published: 01 May 2011
... rhythm of American melodramas and detective thrillers” (68); it was a style that departed radically from every type of theatrical naturalism, but more important it challenged the very notion that modernity still allowed for the “somber interiority of bourgeois psychology” in the first place (68...
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Novel (2021) 54 (2): 310–314.
Published: 01 August 2021
... of the masses of print. He is not writing a melodrama with data as the villain, hoping unfettered aesthetics will come to the rescue. Lee's persona is the “historically minded scholar seeking intellectual orientation and some measure of emotional reassurance,” one who is curious about a complex cultural history...
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Novel (2015) 48 (2): 281–285.
Published: 01 August 2015
...Scott Selisker The particular brand of professional-managerial “cool” that pertains to the covert sector is furnished through the contemporary counterterrorism and spy films and television that Melley analyzes as “geopolitical melodrama” in his final chapter. Jack Bauer of 24 and Tom Clancy's...