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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 167–185.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Elizabeth Maddock Dillon This article turns to the space of the colony in the eighteenth-century Atlantic world to offer an alternative theory of the novel—one that defines colonial geographies as constitutive of the novel as a genre rather than as marginal and inessential. In looking to such...
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Novel (1 August 2015) 48 (2): 243–260.
Published: 01 August 2015
...Rebecca C. Johnson Taking as a case study the first known novel to be originally written in Arabic, Khalīl al-Khūrī’s Alas, I Am Not a Foreigner , this essay addresses the centrality of translation to the Arabic novel as it circulated in transnational Arabic print networks as part of both Arab...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 1–10.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Franco Moretti My essay poses three questions: Why are novels in prose? Why are they so often stories of adventures? Why was there a European but not a Chinese rise of the novel in the course of the eighteenth century? Disparate as they may sound, the questions have a common source in the guiding...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 245–252.
Published: 01 August 2009
...George Boulukos The rise of the middle class in eighteenth-century England has long been called into question in British historiography. This essay, following the lead of Dror Wahrman's Imagining the Middle Class , reads the significance of claims linking the novel and the middle class rather than...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 460–466.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Amy M. King Our canonical accounts of the novel form, arising out of formalist, psychoanalytic, structuralist, or Marxist interpretive practices, tend pervasively to occlude or ignore altogether one of its most salient elements: description. From Propp's schemas of narrative “functions” to Peter...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 337–342.
Published: 01 August 2009
... do not exemplify narrative desire, as Peter Brooks argued in Reading for the Plot as much as frustrate it. A close reading of Tristram Shandy shows that Laurence Sterne intended his novel to resist what he saw as a series of related mid-eighteenth-century cultural developments: a paradigm shift...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 531–537.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Mary Helen McMurran Nearly a quarter century after Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities , the novel seems to be less a national subject than a flexible citizen. But before Ian Watt's The Rise of the Novel , most novel histories took the mobility of prose fictions for granted; writers had long...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 538–545.
Published: 01 November 2009
..., and George Eliot's Middlemarch stakes its claim as a novel not only alongside, but also beyond, sensibilities and modes sociological, that other explorer of the “new social continent.” This essay shows that the novel's desire to secure its difference from sociological practices is strong enough to...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 124–131.
Published: 01 May 2010
... as a (compensatory) response to the burdens of everyday existence in urban-industrial modernity. Here again the thesis is that the writer's mournful negation of his own project generates a perspective that parallels Benjamin's brief speculations on the folkloric genre. © 2010 by Novel, Inc. 2010...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 140–147.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Charlotte Sussman This essay argues that the problem of witnessing in the Romantic-era novel is caught up with the problem of moral epistemology and that both are inflected by temporality. Focusing on Charles Maturin's 1820 gothic Melmoth the Wanderer , this essay argues that, like many of the...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 157–162.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Annette Van This essay speculates about the future of the novel and the novel's futurism, focusing on the ethics of this form given its historical links to the emergence of the Enlightenment subject under capitalism and the nation-state. Do we still need or desire the novel? Is the novel still...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 169–175.
Published: 01 May 2010
... can openly address anyone, at periodic intervals, with dispatch and presumptive privacy. This new technology for ordinary communication at a distance influenced the novel in many ways. Novels were cast in the form of correspondence by letter; the post facilitated the dissemination of physical novels...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 176–183.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Sarah Winter This essay identifies a new subgenre of the novel, the novel of prejudice, which appears at the end of the eighteenth century. Modeling an awareness of prejudice as an ethical and political problem of modernity distinct from the reader identification and empathy associated with...
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Novel (1 August 2012) 45 (2): 165–183.
Published: 01 August 2012
...Theodore Martin What does it mean to read like a detective? While critics have long seen the detective novel as a model for hermeneutic suspicion (the familiar spatial binaries of surface/depth, concealed/revealed), this essay proposes that there is something more timely at work in detective work...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 1–10.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Nancy Ruttenburg © 2014 by Novel, Inc. 2014 Duke University Press This content is made freely available by the publisher. It may not be redistributed or altered. All rights reserved. Works Cited Adams Henry . The Education of Henry Adams. Adams: Novels, Mont Saint Michel and Chartres...
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Novel (1 August 2014) 47 (2): 187–195.
Published: 01 August 2014
...Timothy Bewes The introduction to Novel 47.2: Jacques Rancière and the Novel considers some of the implications of Jacques Rancière's writings on literature and politics for the novel. It addresses this question with reference to Rancière's analysis of the literary “regime” (in The Politics of...
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Novel (1 August 2014) 47 (2): 196–209.
Published: 01 August 2014
... of sacrificing the social and literary character who haunts modern fiction: the child of the plebeian who, like Emma Bovary or Septimus Warren Smith, proves able to live any form of experience. © 2014 by Novel, Inc. 2014 Duke University Press Works Cited Auerbach Erich . Mimesis: The...
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Novel (1 August 2014) 47 (2): 224–241.
Published: 01 August 2014
...Emily Steinlight Thomas Hardy's novels are notorious for the grim inevitability with which their characters fall prey to biological and sociological forces beyond their control. Jude the Obscure in particular, culminating in the suicide of its protagonist's children “because we are too menny...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 43–56.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Ban Wang During his tenure in the Lu Xun Academy in Yan'an, the center of the Chinese Revolution, the novelist Zhou Libo ran a seminar on world literature. While teaching masterpieces of European novelists, Zhou developed a theory of the novel that inherited themes of liberal humanism and...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 57–66.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Alan Tansman This essay concerns three of Japan's most famous novels and one propaganda tract, all written with pedagogical intent. Each crafted a sense of what it means to be a human being open to or closed down from the social and political world. Each was written during a critical turning point...