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Novel (1 August 2011) 44 (2): 229–248.
Published: 01 August 2011
... people who read his novels and through the way he constructs characters within them. As twenty-first-century readers, we may assume that there have always been adults-only books, and that we recognize them when we see them because they foreground things like sex and formal complexity while minimizing...
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Novel (1 August 2018) 51 (2): 210–225.
Published: 01 August 2018
... choices in radically minimal and/or highly codified settings. I focus here on the most prevalent cultural form in the microeconomic mode, the survival game, as manifested in Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel Gone Girl (2013). By examining the novel's use of the survival game as a response to the...
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Novel (1 November 2016) 49 (3): 467–485.
Published: 01 November 2016
... keep its surface unbearably visible, thereby rendering interpretation unsatisfyingly tentative. Copyright © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 Henry James The Ambassadors minimalism advertising style What is a “minimalist” novel? This essay offers an answer to that question by...
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Novel (1 August 2004) 37 (1-2): 209–211.
Published: 01 August 2004
..., equivocal confession[s]" (110); the stigmatizing of certain characters, especially but not solely transgressive women; and what Hertz calls Eliot's "persistent drive towards rudi- mentary structures" (141)-that is, structures of "minimal distance or difference" (140) or "small, minimally...
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Novel (1 November 2007) 40 (3): 303–304.
Published: 01 November 2007
... accessibly articulate analogue to a member of our family whom I cannot help but think we abandoned.' This isn't the first time Ishiguro's narrator, whose deadpan minimalism is closer to silence than speech, has left me feeling speechlessly sad. And on my own: as if the programmatic situation...
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Novel (1 November 2006) 39 (3): 439–442.
Published: 01 November 2006
... "goodness" and "honesty," cannot ac- count for his guilt and withdraws further and further into a sense of persecution and paranoia. Rousseau remains haunted by his actions because he has minimized whatever is ethically dubious in his story. O'Rourke comes back, of course, to the mu& written about...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 123–125.
Published: 01 May 2015
... books that fit this description. These books feature extensive social microcosms with minimal personal relations among the members, organized around a threat of totalizing authority—as in Moby-Dick , Dos Passos’s USA trilogy, or Gravity’s Rainbow . These four categories provide the structure of...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 326–331.
Published: 01 August 2009
... might be analytically useful, it is, for the Victorian critic, the shortest possible unit in which the effect of a text can be felt by a reader. It is not maximal so much as minimal—thus the frequent tone of apology, as in Bagehot’s review, that the excerpts are not longer than they are. (As an...
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Novel (1 May 2004) 38 (1): 121–123.
Published: 01 May 2004
... commentaries on miscegenation question readings that minimize the abuse of white male patriarchal power and suggest instead that male desire explains the presence of mixed race children in the plantation south. Laws and codes governing enslaved peoples' lives, not only provide the context for the text...
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Novel (1 November 2012) 45 (3): 470–474.
Published: 01 November 2012
..., there are only “minimal instances of genuine eroticism between men and women; men themselves are infrequently depicted as objects of desire” (36). Where does Eros go? Into luxury items. Chick lit is defined by “the importance accorded to consumption, particularly the ability to select the...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 131–135.
Published: 01 May 2015
... “Cubist imagination” and Coetzee's “politics of minimalism” as well as his portrayal of McEwan as a “reluctant impressionist.” Following in the footsteps of T. S. Eliot's “Tradition and the Individual Talent” (1921) rather than Harold Bloom's Anxiety of Influence (1973), both of which were notably...
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Novel (1 November 2015) 48 (3): 381–399.
Published: 01 November 2015
... patriarchies to further delimit women's already minimal property rights. 3 While significant legislative amendments were made in the twentieth century to provide greater economic protections for women, particularly regarding the right to inherit family property and the right to divorce, the economic and...
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Novel (1 August 2006) 39 (2): 299–302.
Published: 01 August 2006
... incidental list in Wright's autobiographical work Black Boy, JanMohamed reads each of these items as a "designation of a sensual experience" and an "act of erotic suturing that sequentially but discretely and minimally reattaches the subject to a life that he has mme close to losing" (150). Such deft...
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Novel (1 November 2008) 41 (2-3): 382–387.
Published: 01 November 2008
... entails a diminished reliance on the conceptual opposition be- tween modernism and postmodernism, since it is only by exploring the former's genuine affinities with "assemblage, pop, minimalism and the underground" (which are custom- arily considered to be exponents of a new or postmodern...
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Novel (1 August 2010) 43 (2): 366–370.
Published: 01 August 2010
... to the survival of the new nation-state and their minimal prescribed role in its formation and elaboration” (22). In the face of such realization, Rowson’s writing demonstrates the effects of failure and the practicalities of carrying on. Charlotte Temple was the first of Rowson’s attempts...
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Novel (1 November 2011) 44 (3): 483–487.
Published: 01 November 2011
... glib phrase—a satirical wink at the show’s own critical reception as a social-problem narrative worthy of Dickens. In this character’s idiom, “Dickensian” becomes a catchword for formu- laic tales of the abuse and neglect of innocents, requiring minimal research and only the most superficial...
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Novel (1 November 2018) 51 (3): 375–398.
Published: 01 November 2018
... organic community or culture with its own repository of storytelling tradition” ( 236 ). If minimalism allowed white writers to think of their writing as craft, maximalism urged ethnic writers to think about their writing as ventriloquism. While the emphasis on voice was precipitated by gains in...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 18–22.
Published: 01 May 2010
... this correlation, concluding that “the desire of the text (the desire of reading) is hence desire for the end, but desire for the end reached only through the at least minimally complicated detour, the intentional deviance, in tension, which is the plot of narrative” (104). His model accounts...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 163–168.
Published: 01 May 2010
... citizenry, some of whom are Chinese people who have contributed greatly to Jamaica but whose efforts are often minimized in the pages of history and literature” (“Dynamics” 189). Powell’s work recognizes Jamaica as a multicultural social, political, and economic space and therefore both consults and...
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Novel (1 May 2000) 34 (1): 77–97.
Published: 01 May 2000