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Novel (1 May 2013) 46 (1): 50–72.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Joseph Drury The performative dimension of Fielding's fiction has often frustrated the attempts of critics to read the machinery of his plot through the lens of rationalist Enlightenment philosophy. Rather than a deity or benevolent magistrate, Fielding's narrator has seemed more like a trickster...
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Novel (1 May 2019) 52 (1): 23–43.
Published: 01 May 2019
... 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 by a...
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Novel (1 May 2009) 42 (1): 86–108.
Published: 01 May 2009
... coincidence that they were written at the same time. While the constitution attempts to fix a version of Irish identity preferred by the state, At Swim-Two-Birds _draws on constitutional rhetoric to stress performativity and the flexibility of identity, a utopian dimension that proves unsustainable in the...
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Novel (1 August 2010) 43 (2): 227–250.
Published: 01 August 2010
... individualism, the current essay argues that Dickens's fiction instead performs an ongoing and intentionally failed experiment in population management. The Dickensian novel generates an apparent surplus of biological life that allows its narratives to reconstitute the social body in new terms; rather than...
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Novel (1 August 2011) 44 (2): 186–207.
Published: 01 August 2011
... life of representing the material world and taking on a materiality of its own, as language marked by aspiration and potentiality. This “projective realism” is epitomized by Ahmed Ali's 1940 novel Twilight in Delhi. Twilight , by offering an interpretation of history as a performance, a series of...
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Novel (1 May 2018) 51 (1): 17–35.
Published: 01 May 2018
... performs this constitution of character through collectivity, it disrupts both the interiorized mental procedures of Millian liberalism and our own critical practice of reading characters as metaphysically more than the cultural information of which they are composed. By unleashing statistical sciences...
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Novel (1 November 2018) 51 (3): 502–524.
Published: 01 November 2018
... to a referential world, with James the novel itself becomes the aural experience of a textual performance in the declamatory tradition of the Théâtre Français—ultimately operatic at that. His late practice of dictation may be best understood as a kind of recitative—and justly as he learned to manage...
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Novel (1 May 2019) 52 (1): 84–106.
Published: 01 May 2019
... Russell Hochschild calls “emotional labor,” the act of performing an inauthentic feeling publicly for money. Like modern caregivers, Lucy Snowe expresses a sense of invisibility and stress over her cultural alterity. When Madame Beck's surveillance forces Lucy to enact her teacherly persona constantly...
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Novel (1 May 2019) 52 (1): 1–22.
Published: 01 May 2019
... their intrinsic limitations while calling attention to the new conceptual work each genre's conventions might perform in unexpected narrative contexts. In its approach to generic hybridization, North and South typifies Condition of England novels, which routinely relocate existing generic conventions of...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 268–277.
Published: 01 August 2009
... fetish that disavows the disarticulating force of rhetoric itself. Linking Trollope's autobiography and novels to discourses on shoes and utility by Jacques Derrida and Martin Heidegger, this essay draws out the compatibility of uselessness and value that Trollope performs even while explicitly...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 148–156.
Published: 01 May 2010
... “the Black Box,” the perfect elevator. The novel announces its participation in the tradition of African American literature by performing numerous standard tropes; it responds to the call of antebellum slave narratives by linking literacy and freedom and addresses topics such as double consciousness...
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Novel (1 November 2016) 49 (3): 504–518.
Published: 01 November 2016
... “future anterior” of the page, it argues for the view of the book that opens up once a technology is no longer in use as a primary medium. By this logic, if novels like Remainder and The Accidental perform the space of new media, it is not because they describe or actively cede a role to electronic text...
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Novel (1 May 2011) 44 (1): 159–163.
Published: 01 May 2011
... that “America’s first black Nobel Laureate wasn’t Toni Morrison—it was William Faulkner” (x). This is but one such stunning conclusion one might draw from Duvall’s study of what he calls “whiteface minstrelsy.” Whiteface minstrelsy, put simply, is the cultural performance of whiteface by...
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Novel (1 November 2012) 45 (3): 483–486.
Published: 01 November 2012
... of visual and literary culture” (234), Lukasik charts a shift in cultural logic that relocated the idea of social dis- tinction from genteel performance and disciplined moral action (exemplified in Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography) in the eighteenth century to the fixed categories of racial...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 452–464.
Published: 01 November 2017
..., countless fleeting messages. Miley Cyrus's erotic performance with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards ( VMA ) on August 25, 2013, prompted a record 302,000 tweets per minute, while Justin Timberlake's ballyhooed reunion performance with his partners NSYNC came in a poor second with a mere 200,000...
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Novel (1 November 2005) 38 (2-3): 291–294.
Published: 01 November 2005
... notions of politeness" (27), focusing specifically on the potential of the "performing body . .. to symbolize and broadcast a particular society's notions of civility" (34). The book is of value for its scholarship on an array of interesting non-canonical texts that help round out one's picture...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 216–222.
Published: 01 August 2009
... that “all aesthetic forms are a response to a fundamental dissonance of existence” (62). Lukács’s formulation pushes us to think of jazz and the novel as performing similar functions. Both respond to a “dissonance of existence”; for Lukács, the primary way aesthetic forms do so is through their...
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Novel (1 May 2011) 44 (1): 121–125.
Published: 01 May 2011
... insist that “modernism is so much business as usual,” Nie- land wants instead to look back on scenes of performative virtuosity and extreme emotion in modernist expression and see them for the curiosities they were as part of “modernism’s reinvention of the life of the feelings” (6, 9). That Nieland...
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Novel (1 November 2015) 48 (3): 482–484.
Published: 01 November 2015
... address as a “curse,” a particular kind of performative speech that works as “an invocation of a transcendent justice,” Smith is attempting to identify “a certain structure of vatic address and collective reception that belonged to the period's repertoire of contestation” (20). The curse makes itself felt...
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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 1–2.
Published: 01 May 2012
... : Johns Hopkins UP , 1987 . 11 – 16 . Sedgwick Eve Kosofsky . “Paranoid Reading and Reparative Reading, or, You're So Paranoid, You Probably Think This Essay Is About You.” Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity . Durham : Duke UP , 2003 . 123 – 51...