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Novel (1 August 2016) 49 (2): 398–402.
Published: 01 August 2016
... literary scholars such as Keen have paid close attention to nineteenth-century mental science and pre-Freudian psychology. I say “again” a hot topic because such analyses started a century and a quarter ago. James Sully, the psychologist, analyzed George Eliot's fiction in an 1881 essay published in the...
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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 13–18.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Lisa Zunshine My essay emphasizes the social aspect of our engagement with fictional narratives by drawing on cognitive scientists' research into “theory of mind,” also known as “mind reading”: our evolved adaptation for explaining people's behavior in terms of their mental states, such as thoughts...
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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 May 2018) 51 (1): 17–35.
Published: 01 May 2018
... performs this constitution of character through collectivity, it disrupts both the interiorized mental procedures of Millian liberalism and our own critical practice of reading characters as metaphysically more than the cultural information of which they are composed. By unleashing statistical sciences...
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Novel (1 November 2018) 51 (3): 482–501.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Hannah Walser Abstract Whether identified as “genies,” “little men,” or simply “les moi,” a vast horde of personified mental faculties populates In Search of Lost Time , responsible for behaviors too instantaneous or too ingrained to come under conscious control. Representing automatic neural...
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Novel (1 November 2010) 43 (3): 443–465.
Published: 01 November 2010
... it as both disabling and enabling and deploys it as a claim to modernity and a rejection of and retreat from the modern world. The essay argues that the novel is prescient in its postmodern playfulness, offering a representation of mental illness detached from its specifically psychiatric or broadly...
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Novel (1 November 2014) 47 (3): 443–459.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Scott Selisker This article describes how the novelist David Mitchell employs the “ topos of the cult,” a set of conventions that describe a mental state of unfreedom, in the novels Ghostwritten (1999) and Cloud Atlas (2004). This figuration of an unfree form of society—characterized by a group's...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 38–46.
Published: 01 May 2010
... others is the best way for individuals to participate in a community without becoming rigidly committed to oppressive everyday social roles. Mill's initial disparagement of fiction as “a series of states of mere outward circumstances” belies his eventual conviction that the mental representation of...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 45–62.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Matthew Sussman For many readers, “stupidity” in Henry James signifies mental slowness, poor taste, or even moral delinquency. However, James also conceived of stupidity as a positive virtue because it promises to deliver the individual from the “ordeal of consciousness” associated with...
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Novel (1 May 2005) 39 (1): 138–141.
Published: 01 May 2005
... and clear. Each chapter focuses on the particular difficulties of conceptualizing mental labor and, as a whole, the book uses a chronological schema to outline the shifts that take place in this conceptualiza- tion hmBronte's The Professor ('1847) to Dickens's David Copperfield (1847-50) to...
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Novel (1 November 2013) 46 (3): 474–477.
Published: 01 November 2013
.... Acting involuntarily and inexplicably, Newman’s decision originates in an unconscious mental process, just as James, in recollecting the imaginative germ of New- man’s transformative experience in The American, recalls his own creative process. It was, Ryan notes, “non-volitional, unconscious...
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Novel (1 November 2013) 46 (3): 457–459.
Published: 01 November 2013
... subjectivity in the writing of the eighteenth century (see Lynch). Jonathan Kramnick takes this rich mine of criticism into a significant new vein as he explores the ways in which cognition and ideas of mental causa- tion were understood to be themselves external forces in the British philosophy, poetry...
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Novel (1 August 2015) 48 (2): 289–291.
Published: 01 August 2015
... lending out one's mind to another: in reading, he writes, “I am thinking the thoughts of another. . . . I think [those thoughts] as my very own” ( Poulet 55–56 ). For D. A. Miller, by contrast, it feels like a confirmation of our identities as liberal subjects—that is, subjects “whose private life, mental...
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Novel (1 August 2017) 50 (2): 312–315.
Published: 01 August 2017
... comparison with regular old murderers. To save the rationality of the conclusion, then, mental pathologies must either be revealed as false solutions (as in the case of Christie, whose killers are invariably in their right minds) or, ultimately, be subjected to the same field of cause-and-effect that governs...
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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 152–157.
Published: 01 May 2012
... responsibility and attach further consequences to it. In moral terms, these are questions of blame. Harm’s Way pictures a world in which blame couples with accident and has nothing necessar- ily to do with agency, mental state, or intent—all sacred signatures of Western autonomy, subjectivity, and...
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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 19–22.
Published: 01 May 2012
...? What Can Reading Do? KATE FLINT Reading, the pieces in this Novel forum remind us, is a paradoxical business. Let’s take stock. It encourages one to be passive, absorbed, still, with one’s thoughts and mental images invisible to others. Yet reading is a potential provocation, a spur to...
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Novel (1 August 2000) 33 (2): 256–258.
Published: 01 August 2000
... surrender to the con- straints of the status quo, and as a means of finding identity, agency-and yes, even plea- sure-within those constraints. In her readings of both canonical and lesser-known senti- mental texts, Noble's rigorous rethinking of female masochism allows for a nuanced exploration...
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Novel (1 May 2000) 34 (1): 123–125.
Published: 01 May 2000
..., from which science, art, and literature draw, represents Flint's most compelling depiction of a Victo- rian interdisciplinarity. Reading Eliot's The Lzffed Veil alongside medical texts on transfu- sion, Flint offers a wonderful link between mental prevision and the medical imagination when she...
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Novel (1 August 2013) 46 (2): 297–301.
Published: 01 August 2013
... and greasy as an old fustian jacket from being thumbed, of the works of Boz—and even stray leaves, sacredly preserved—are spelt out and sobbed over by the family circle” (329). Their empha- sis on a shared stock of mental associations, in conditions ranging from metropolitan jour- nalism to...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 431–436.
Published: 01 November 2009
... human mentalities. I cannot attempt here to recount the eventual demise of this doctrine, which turned out to suffer from a debilitating logical circularity, or, more significantly, to try to explain where it came from in the first place and what gave it its tremendous grip on the intel- lectual...