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Novel (2013) 46 (3): 438–452.
Published: 01 November 2013
...John Lurz This essay reorients discussions of Daniel Deronda from its rather tortured generic classifications to a more focused awareness of the novel's particular material medium of transmission in the book. It contrasts the investment in generic forms evinced by Gwendolen and Daniel in the first...
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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 261–283.
Published: 01 August 2019
...Brady Harrison Abstract The article explores the so-called quantum measurement problem, or the collapse of a wave function in the act of observation, as a reading and interpretive strategy. In particular, the article argues that the Maltese falcon, if it exists at all, does not exist in Dashiell...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 442–459.
Published: 01 November 2019
...: Whole, Rhythm, Hierarchy, Network advocates considering forms in terms of their affordances, “the potential uses or actions latent in materials and designs” (6). This depends, however, on the reliable identification of forms in a particular text, activity, or material; and the critical response to John...
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Novel (2011) 44 (3): 444–465.
Published: 01 November 2011
... protagonist quite literally practices a form of personal self-rule—one that marks out his difference from those around him—while also denying the reader easy access to his particular version of events. However, in light of the Ojibwe author's advocacy of close reading and New Critical approaches to Native...
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Novel (2015) 48 (3): 446–464.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Ryan Canlas This essay reads Jean-Paul Sartre's notion of literary “engagement” alongside Hannah Arendt's writings on literature as a way of establishing the importance that both writers accord to the practice of reading literature as a form of aesthetic judgment. By paying particular attention...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 272–291.
Published: 01 August 2018
... (1996), Super-Cannes (2000), Millennium People (2003), and Kingdom Come (2006) as a programmatic fictional project. It identifies five key formal and thematic elements of the late sequence, paying particular attention to the question of setting. In Ballard's late fictions, the gated enclave figures...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 362–373.
Published: 01 August 2018
... dramatized in novels like Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man (1952) and Richard Wright's The Outsider (1953)—stresses the (long-denied) depth and complexity of black subjectivity, the former eschews considerations of black particularity for a punitive, state-sponsored approach to racial injustice. Confused...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 322–338.
Published: 01 August 2018
...Lily Saint Abstract This essay challenges recent theories of world literature that argue that the global anglophone novel, in particular, instantiates empathic, ethical connection across and beyond nation-states. Taking cues from Teju Cole's Open City , it understands the urge to connect...
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Novel (2018) 51 (3): 461–481.
Published: 01 November 2018
... colonialism. Approaching the novel from the perspective of settler colonialism offers new ways to consider classic theories of realism and, in particular, reframes Georg Lukács's concept of reification—and the critical distinction between realism and naturalism he derived from it—as an unexpectedly useful...
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Novel (2018) 51 (3): 438–460.
Published: 01 November 2018
...J. S. Bolin Abstract The end of a novel is the site of particular epistemic privilege. If the form is governed by a biographical master plot, the “meaning of the life,” as Benjamin has it, is “revealed only in [the] death” that is the plot's narrative limit—and beyond this limit “the novelist...
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Novel (2018) 51 (3): 417–437.
Published: 01 November 2018
... calcification. In particular, I examine the uses to which the tropes of mutation and the figure of the mutant are put in a number of recent Johannesburg narratives. Mutation here is a logic of discontinuous transformation, distinct from “hybridity,” concerned less with mimicry and in-betweenness than...
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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 64–83.
Published: 01 May 2019
... and erudite paratext, to acknowledge readers without delimiting their scale. Drawing on reading history and political literary theory, in particular the work of Jacques Rancière, the essay argues that this shift democratizes address. Democratic address capitalizes on the indiscriminate relationship between...
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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 240–260.
Published: 01 August 2019
... through his own conflicting wartime experiences of fellow feeling, but it also offers a sustained reflection on the implications of a broader crisis in empathy on a narrative level around the Second World War. The article characterizes Zweig's particular approach to narrative empathy in terms...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 386–405.
Published: 01 November 2019
... apart from the privatizing drive that seeks to corporatize all civil society. This ambition to differentiate the novel from the primary ideology of this period has been marked by the emergence of a particular mode of critical rejoinder to the pervasive corporatist mind-set, a mode called limit thinking...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 347–368.
Published: 01 November 2019
.... It argues that, in the mid-1950s, these writers politicized their discourse on culture partly under the influence of Mao's “Talks at the Yan'an Forum on Literature and Art.” In particular, they translated the tension between the state and the local, which is intrinsic to Mao's “Talks,” into the dialectical...
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Novel (2020) 53 (1): 1–15.
Published: 01 May 2020
... of periodization, Fredric Jameson: in particular, with his account of the relationship between spatiality, temporality, and the utopian impulse. Copyright © 2020 David Sergeant 2020 planetarity scale affect narrative spatial How to do justice to the interconnectedness of the world without tipping...
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Novel (2020) 53 (1): 37–56.
Published: 01 May 2020
... to be one's own. But although the bildungsroman as a genre is often thought to be concerned with the formation of an individual subject, the concept of Bildung articulated by Goethe and his Weimar associates in the 1790s in fact assigns a particular importance to the idea of vicarious experience...
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Novel (2020) 53 (2): 213–234.
Published: 01 August 2020
... of siblings: the Victorian family chronicle. Family chronicles understand their large families as systems; they celebrate the replaceability of relationships rather than the irreplaceability of individuals. By insisting that a flourishing group can function in the absence of any particular person...
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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 383–398.
Published: 01 November 2020
.... These correspondences derive, this essay argues, from the letter's material properties, which underlie its ability to function as metaphor. The letter's temporal structure of delay and the silences and instability that delay produces, in particular, have productive affinities with the workings of the differend...
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Novel (2021) 54 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 May 2021
... that apprehends architecture with the auditory imagination traditionally exerted toward literature. While the article explores Woolf's particular invocations of auditory science in her formal innovation, it also aims toward a widely applicable critical approach to the inaudibilities of the novel. Copyright ©...