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Novel (2018) 51 (1): 101–116.
Published: 01 May 2018
... Antonio José Ponte, and Cuban Counterpoint: Tobacco and Sugar (1940, trans. 1995), by anthropologist Fernando Ortiz, the essay charts a third approach, transcultural materialism, that reconciles the two tendencies. Works written in this mode deploy narrative and literary language to articulate labor...
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Novel (2022) 55 (3): 547–565.
Published: 01 November 2022
... by Duke University Press 2022 verbal form multi‐plotting narrative counterpoint embedded reading fictive systems Life imitates art, quipped Oscar Wilde. But if such art is the new virtual reality (VR) sort—which virtualizes pictures as inhabitable space—then the witty inversion loses its...
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Novel (2012) 45 (3): 461–465.
Published: 01 November 2012
... philological endeavor of the Oxford English Dictionary. GoGwilt’s introduction treats modernism and the OED as contemporaneous, but opposing, philologi- cal projects. Conrad’s, Rhys’s, and especially Pramoedya’s oeuvres serve as counterpoints to the colonial philological model metonymized by the OED...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 107–115.
Published: 01 May 2010
... inarticulate by conventional standards (“he was so unhappy as to have very little choice in [words]” [1.21.74–75 serves from the start as Tristram’s foil, as not only source but also analogue and counterpoint for both the matter and the manner of his nephew’s narrative. Like Tristram’s, Toby’s...
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Novel (2008) 41 (2-3): 374–377.
Published: 01 November 2008
... on Britain's Empire in Asia comes as a startling and welcome counterpoint. Sanjay Krishnan's project goes beyond for-and-against studies of socio- economic globalization or analyses of transnational cultural formations. This is a much more radical argument that has the potential to change the terrain...
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Novel (2012) 45 (1): 133–135.
Published: 01 May 2012
... fear or hope, gives it the consecration of form; meaningless as meaningless becomes form” (qtd. 61). If sheer form decomposes the novel’s drive toward narrative completion and social composition, in Poe we have the limit case: a text in which there is nothing but decomposition itself...
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Novel (2009) 42 (1): 131–133.
Published: 01 May 2009
..., some focusing on gender, race, and sexuality (Anne McClintock’s Imperial Leather), others on discourses of power and knowledge (Thomas Richards’s The Imperial Archive), and still others on form and narrative (Suvendrini Perera’s Reaches of Empire), to name a few. In the years since the opening...
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Novel (2023) 56 (2): 332–336.
Published: 01 August 2023
... of repression and fugitivity. Concerned with the fiction of his legal personhood, “Equiano makes police most visible as a violent and capricious counterpoint to an imagined world of formal legal procedure” (206). This imagined world never materializes. Instead, as the meandering narrative form of Equiano's...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 162–165.
Published: 01 May 2016
... the volume as defined ‘by practice’” (19) and makes “ the black woman . . . a multivalent, shifting, complex term” (20). Thorsson links Bambara's editorial organization of that anthology to the narrative organization of her prismatic novel The Salt Eaters in chapter 1. Here Thorsson shows that Bambara...
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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 156–160.
Published: 01 May 2019
... of the novel's characters cannot be contained by any national imagination, even while the geographic center of gravity of all the narratives—the home village of the narrator—remains unchallenged. The antagonism Oz raises becomes conspicuous when juxtaposed with the treatment of the fiction of the Israeli...
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Novel (2012) 45 (2): 159–164.
Published: 01 August 2012
... disappointment that always accompanies the solution. In Martin’s reading, the narrative economy of detective fiction enables the genre to render our preoccupations in a particu- larly transparent form, making visible the simultaneity of “understanding Verstand—with “understanding’s bottomless regret...
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Novel (2013) 46 (1): 144–146.
Published: 01 May 2013
... order into which they are introduced rather than for their disruptive or uncanny properties. Handheld, portable, user friendly, these media are all ordinary and extraordinary, binding and estranging, in equal measure. If it were oth- erwise, they would not be so narrative ready, so easy...
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Novel (2022) 55 (1): 140–145.
Published: 01 May 2022
... nearer six than three hours in delivery; whereas all that part of the book which is Marlow's narrative can be read through aloud, I should say, in less than three hours.” It's as if Conrad, in 1903, was already imagining radio drama. In Radio Empire , Daniel Morse thinks through the formal...
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Novel (2022) 55 (1): 151–154.
Published: 01 May 2022
... to coercion, force, as in the nightmare of He Knew He Was Right . The kernel of erotic certainty might not be digestible by narrative. For Trollope, “the very first-person insistence of erotic desire might in fact trump, challenge, or eliminate the third-person perspective of ethical reasoning...
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Novel (2010) 43 (3): 510–514.
Published: 01 November 2010
... concepts of culture in the context of literary history. More than once the book’s foregrounding of Boas provides insightful counterpoints to entrenched readings 512 novel | fall 2010 of individual works and established narratives in U.S. literary history. Douglas claims, for example...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 497–503.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Susan S. Lanser Scholars have rightly argued that one underpinning of the novel as it “rises” in the eighteenth century is its investment in consolidating heteronormativity. Reading narrative form as a site of sexual content, however, makes the case for a sapphic undertext embedded primarily...
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Novel (2013) 46 (2): 193–213.
Published: 01 August 2013
...), and A Christmas Carol (1843) I identify a pattern where old men not only function as a counterpoint to the developmental plots of youth but also serve as imaginative catalysts for the literary reconfiguration of the social. Built into Dickens’s realism is that discarded remainder, a narrative compulsion...
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Novel (2021) 54 (1): 121–129.
Published: 01 May 2021
..., a crucial cluster of English words—he highlights industry , democracy , class , art , and culture —drastically changed their meanings as new conditions of life emerged. These terms already suggest an exemplary narrative of modernity: as industry and democracy remade the world, a new class challenged...
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Novel (2023) 56 (1): 39–61.
Published: 01 May 2023
... . . . yet which still thinks in terms of totality” ( Theory 56). If the “totality” that Dostoevsky constantly invokes seemed beside the point to Lukács and Bakhtin, this is partly due to the Symbolist critics who framed Dostoevsky's legacy, reading for elements of his narratives that seemed poised to break...
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Novel (2017) 50 (3): 375–387.
Published: 01 November 2017
... American Studies Department at Harvard University, echoed my mother's enthusiasm and sense of racial pride. “This is a great day for African-Americans, and for Americans in general,” he told the New York Times . “Just two centuries ago, the African-American literary tradition was born in slave narratives...