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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 460–466.
Published: 01 November 2009
... life, with its affinity for protracted descriptive pauses, more distorting still. Natural history influenced these descriptive practices; this essay argues that nineteenth-century novelistic description borrowed both a structure and an ethical justification from the observational practices of natural...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 82–94.
Published: 01 May 2016
... to that of a scientist whose aim is to study “natural man, governed by physical and chemical laws, and modified by the influences of his surroundings” ( 23 ). The natural and social history of the Rougon-Macquarts spans the length of twenty novels, each an experiment designed to observe the social expression...
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Novel (2022) 55 (3): 444–462.
Published: 01 November 2022
..., the phenomenology of the novel as form. Copyright © 2022 by Duke University Press 2022 typicality phenomenology Jane Austen natural history Georg Lukács This essay will examine the phenomenon of typicality as a horizon of the novel's activity. I hope to suggest that this feature makes the novel's...
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Novel (2023) 56 (2): 186–207.
Published: 01 August 2023
... that people think are made up are actually true,” 14 but it is the nature of fiction that makes people assume that what happened was made up ( Greenidge ). The transition of the shooting of Marley from history to fiction comes at the cost not of referentiality, as Lazar suggests, but of the appearance...
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Novel (2011) 44 (2): 249–267.
Published: 01 August 2011
... in Pierre , we find incest occupying an important threshold between significance and sound, between meaning and unmeaning. The first part of the essay reveals that Melville borrows from Poe a gothic “sound” that emphasizes the physical nature of language. The second part of the essay explores the history...
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Novel (2018) 51 (3): 461–481.
Published: 01 November 2018
...-aesthetic variations in settler-colonial realism can be understood as differing responses to the representational tensions of frontier history. Moreover, I argue that one of Lukács's critical distinctions—between reifying “naturalism” and critical “realism”—provides a tool for elucidating varying modes...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 443–450.
Published: 01 November 2009
... that clearly fascinated Defoe? How might novelistic emplotment, and specifically the always lingering question of providence in Defoe, register the gradual disenchantment of nature and history? The essay ends with a consideration of three works that Defoe composed immediately after the 1703 hurricane...
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Novel (2015) 48 (2): 167–189.
Published: 01 August 2015
... inconclusive search for shards of messianic time in the “formlessness” of history, Badiou observes that revolutionary “truth-events” are not “naturally” or self-evidently part of a historical situation, of what Badiou calls a “multiple of [empirical] facts” ( 180 ). The event's “ belonging to the situation...
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Novel (2020) 53 (2): 254–273.
Published: 01 August 2020
... marriage rituals, spurred by an unconsummated affair between Newland Archer and his wife's cousin Ellen Olenska, follows Goldman in positing an antagonism between the hierarchies of marriage and the equalizing nature of love. For Wharton, however, this antagonism will not be resolved with free love one day...
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Novel (2022) 55 (1): 61–94.
Published: 01 May 2022
... investment in allegory and metonym, pressed into the service of a totalizing metaphor for the wholesale corruption of a society that must be entirely dissolved. Drawing on the work of Anne‐Lise François, the article suggests that, more specifically, the history of decolonization and the literature...
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Novel (2015) 48 (3): 421–445.
Published: 01 November 2015
... to make distinctions of taste in reading various environments and scenes. The essay interprets Victor Frankenstein's artistic and scientific endeavors as a form of history painting that cannot rid itself of the “debased” genre of still life, namely, rhyparography (the painting of waste and filth). Indeed...
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Novel (2021) 54 (2): 296–299.
Published: 01 August 2021
... finds it to be falling apart (75). Under such pressure, the realism that is produced as a sort of rescue operation now “reverts to its primal strangeness” (4). This reversion is connected to (or perhaps derives from) a shift of emphasis in natural history happening around 1800, when all organic beings...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 26–48.
Published: 01 May 2016
... If we consider Michel Foucault's partition between natural history (premised on the comparison and ordering of given organisms) and biology (predicated on the establishment of analogies between organic structures), we may think that accrued visibility—aided by the development of mechanized technologies...
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Novel (2010) 43 (2): 330–335.
Published: 01 August 2010
...: A Critical Introduction . London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2000 . Rogoff , Irit . Terra Infirma: Geography's Visual Culture . London: Routledge, 2000 . Secord , James A. Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception, and Secret Authorship of Vestiges of the Natural History...
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Novel (2009) 42 (1): 1–22.
Published: 01 May 2009
... . ———. “The Natural History of German Life.” Selected Critical Writings . Ed. Ashton , Rosemary . Oxford: Oxford UP, 2000 . 260 -95. ———. Silas Marner . London: Penguin, 2003 . Ferguson , Niall , ed. Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals . 1997. New York: Basic, 1999...
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Novel (2016) 49 (2): 183–201.
Published: 01 August 2016
... . The Camera as Historian: Amateur Photographers and Historical Imagination, 1885–1918 . Durham : Duke UP , 2012 . Eliot George . “ Natural History of German Life .” 1856 . George Eliot: Selected Critical Writings . Ed. Ashton Rosemary . Oxford : Oxford UP , 2000 . 260 – 96...
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Novel (2012) 45 (1): 31–55.
Published: 01 May 2012
..., Vol. III” (1856) . George Eliot: Selected Essays, Poems, and Other Writings . New York : Penguin Classics , 1990 . 367 – 78 . ———. “The Natural History of German Life.” George Eliot: Selected Essays, Poems, and Other Writings . New York : Penguin Classics , 1990 . 107 – 39...
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Novel (2000) 33 (3): 307–327.
Published: 01 November 2000
.... Stephen Gill. New York: Penguin Books, 1985 . Eliot , George . “The Natural History of German Life.” 1855 . The Essays of George Eliot . Ed. Thomas Pinney. New York: Columbia UP, 1963 . Eliot , George . Silas Marner . 1861 . Ed. Q.D. Leavis New York: Penguin, 1985 . Ermarth...
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Novel (2005) 38 (2-3): 235–253.
Published: 01 November 2005
...: A Casebook . Ed. David Lodge. London: Macmillan, 1991 . 137 –56. Borges , Jorge Luis , “Funes, His Memory.” Collected Fictions . Trans. Andrew Hurley. New York: Viking, 1998 . Eliot , George . “The Natural History of German Life.” Essays of George Eliot . Ed. Thomas Pinney. London...
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Novel (2015) 48 (2): 261–279.
Published: 01 August 2015
.... In their introduction to the volume Natural Histories of Discourse , Michael Silverstein and Greg Urban note that “[t]o equate culture with its resultant texts is to miss the fact that texts (as we see them, the precipitates of continuous cultural processes) represent one, ‘thing-y’ phase in a broader...