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Novel (2012) 45 (1): 56–70.
Published: 01 May 2012
... in. Phelps's text vacillates between tenses, seeking to make all people inhabit the present; however, narration depends on keeping these time frames discrete, and as the religious goal of the novel is achieved, its narrative cohesion is undermined. © 2012 by Novel, Inc. 2012 Duke University Press...
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Novel (2011) 44 (2): 329–332.
Published: 01 August 2011
...Philip Steer SCHOENE BERTHOLD , The Cosmopolitan Novel ( Edinburgh : Edinburgh UP , 2009 ), pp. 216 , cloth, $79.00 , paper, $34.00 . © 2011 by Novel, Inc. 2011 Duke University Press Cosmopolitan Narration berthold schoene, The Cosmopolitan...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 278–283.
Published: 01 August 2009
...Patricia E. Chu This essay discusses Jeffrey Eugenides's novel Middlesex as a project in the American immigrant tradition, about the (self) making of its protagonist. The project is narrative (Callie/Cal is the narrator, even of things that happened before she/he was born), biological (Cal must...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 497–503.
Published: 01 November 2009
... in narration rather than in event and sometimes in a contest between the two. This sapphic structuring of the novel first takes form in seventeenth-century erotic fictions, but more surprisingly, it also characterizes such eighteenth-century domestic novels as Eliza Haywood's The Masqueraders , Frances...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 343–348.
Published: 01 August 2009
...Ian Duncan This essay analyzes the challenge issued by James Hogg's The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824) to the liberal regime of early nineteenth-century British fiction. Hogg's novel narrates the formation and dissolution of the fanatic whose subject position...
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Novel (2014) 47 (2): 210–223.
Published: 01 August 2014
...Elaine Freedgood Does the novelist, like the philosopher, need her “poor”? In this essay, Elizabeth Gaskell's Mary Barton is the test case for the idea that narrators (and, by extension, novelists) need their characters to be poor—intellectually, physically, spiritually—that narrators might remain...
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Novel (2017) 50 (2): 217–235.
Published: 01 August 2017
...Matthew Fellion This essay uses the concepts of the pharmakos and the pharmakeus from Derrida's “Plato's Pharmacy” to describe the relationship between George Eliot's scapegoated characters and the narrators that structure her novels' systems of value. Focusing in particular on Hans Meyrick...
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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 23–43.
Published: 01 May 2019
... the narrator's attention, and the town's gossip, away from his secret engagement to the impoverished Jane Fairfax. In these oft-ignored and easily forgotten scenes, Frank performs an astonishing ontological trespass: flaunting his plot only to better conceal it, the literary character seems nearly possessed...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 292–307.
Published: 01 August 2018
... of author and narrator, revealing the degree to which an authoritative figure—the author—lies behind an apparent lack of ideological interest or direction, figured in the novel through its development of a radically passive narrator. The novel therefore demonstrates formally how political authority seizes...
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Novel (2020) 53 (1): 16–36.
Published: 01 May 2020
... the circumstances of its production). The author then argues that Ellison's novel models a contemporaneity that cannot be equated to either the assertion or disavowal of contemporaneousness. At the heart of this account stands the narrator's sense that he “must emerge,” which follows from his perception that he has...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 387–392.
Published: 01 November 2009
... as a consequence of investing it with a libidinal charge. Lethem's novel Motherless Brooklyn (1999) offers a case study in which the narrator Lionel's Tourettic tics gain significance not for some psycho-biographical cause they reveal but for their effects, on the reader as much as on the world of the text itself...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 216–222.
Published: 01 August 2009
... temporality and novelistic temporality is parabasis, the punctual interruption of the distinction between the time of narration and the time of the narrative. Building on Samuel Floyd's theorization of jazz temporality, I limn the outlines of jazz's distinct form of parabasis and use de Man's theorization...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 451–459.
Published: 01 November 2009
..., particularly the originary symptoms of affect in a character or narrator, as opposed to the secondary response in a reader. Why is it necessary for the novel to record these originary symptoms at all when affect could be produced in the reader by other means? The textual record of the sensation novel, which...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 467–473.
Published: 01 November 2009
... juxtaposes a mother's oral storytelling with a son reading the first page in his Igbo primer, the first book ever to enter the family compound. The novel narrates the coming of literacy to Igboland by focusing on three quite different images: the python in a box as an image for the book...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 490–496.
Published: 01 November 2009
... with nineteenth-century arguments over whether the novel reader was (erotically) entranced or (intellectually) edified. My claim is that the reader of Eliot is always both, and that implicit in Eliot's method of narrating character is the idea that novel reading offers access to a form of insight through...
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Novel (2014) 47 (2): 224–241.
Published: 01 August 2014
... in such unnecessary lives as those that populate naturalist fiction. Hardy's characters exceed any assigned social position, yet the surplus that shapes their stories is not just demographic; it is a surplus of words and meanings, a deliberate crowding of figural space that compromises the narrator's prescriptive...
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Novel (2014) 47 (2): 261–283.
Published: 01 August 2014
... detained by his master while resident in England. In its popular reception, the Somerset ruling initiated a series of both literary and legal precursors for Coetzee's narrator in Waiting for the Barbarians , a figure we can call the “chastened magistrate,” also representing the establishment under British...
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Novel (2016) 49 (2): 236–261.
Published: 01 August 2016
... improvisers of the new. Characters such as Toloki in Zakes Mda's Ways of Dying (1995), Ahl in Nuruddin Farah's Crossbones (2011), and Kotchikpa, the boy narrator in Uwem Akpan's “Fattening for Gabon” (2008), each navigate a terrain of insecurity to improbable ends. They challenge us to rethink our assumptions...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 18–44.
Published: 01 May 2015
... that others are with us, narrating and experiencing our lives alongside us, even when we are alone. Analyzing Tess alongside Winnicott's relational solitude reframes many of the perceived failures of the novel—its stylistic incongruities and particularly the often-criticized “uneven” characterization of Tess...
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Novel (2015) 48 (3): 323–343.
Published: 01 November 2015
... incompatibility of modernity and tradition, the West and the rest. This is best seen in his inability to narrate the story of those “unconscious pilgrims of an exacting belief” that occupy the absent center of his text, precisely those subjects who are the focus of Ghosh's story of a repurposed slave ship...