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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 116–123.
Published: 01 May 2010
..., dwelling on each image—the more we have had to say. Canonization, the vector of less, and close reading, the vector of more, are thus the paradoxical countermovements of the modern literary system. Ideology has also served that system well, sharing with close reading the logic of the physical: to grow by...
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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 71–93.
Published: 01 May 2012
... Fang to explore the perspective of a body that is intimately connected to its surrounding environment. London's preoccupation with canine embodiment, I propose, informs his human-centered novel Martin Eden, which suggests the ethical significance of physical sensibilities that humans share with animals...
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Novel (1 November 2011) 44 (3): 402–423.
Published: 01 November 2011
... reconstituted into the bodies of others, then the physical resurrection, materialist psychology's answer to the charge of irreligion, must be an impossibility. But Bleak House also registers the different ways that the corpse was figured by those with concerns other than psychological controversy—including...
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Novel (1 August 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...
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Novel (1 November 2012) 45 (3): 389–408.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Deborah Lutz Heathcliff is in love with someone who has died. This love is steeped in the evangelical death culture of the time, particularly the treasuring of the physical manifestations of dying and the body: a reverence for relics. Understanding mortality—and, in fact, the love between Catherine...
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Novel (1 August 2018) 51 (2): 226–249.
Published: 01 August 2018
... novels about mediation by Tom McCarthy including Satin Island , C , and Remainder . After establishing the role of mediation in wartime activities across periods of imperial rule, the essay underscores these texts’ varied obsessions with physical channels, technological apparatuses, and built...
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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 August 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 (1 August 2012) 45 (2): 276–300.
Published: 01 August 2012
... enable them to be grouped across standard literary-historical periods. Each text draws on allegory to dramatize how brute physicality emerges with an almost mechanical inevitability in conditions of imperial transition. Whether it arrives as a dark double (Stevenson), an atavistic exception (Agamben), or...
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Novel (1 May 2016) 49 (1): 49–64.
Published: 01 May 2016
... metempsychosis that scholars have largely ignored: even though Lee's character undergoes radical change each time he enters a new body, aspects of original character always persist despite his new physical circumstances. Through these incongruities between Lee's spirit and matter, the novel explores the...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 148–150.
Published: 01 May 2015
... Coale argues that the twentieth century is the quantum era, riddled with all of the indeterminacies, blurriness, and entanglements that he attributes to quantum theory, which he describes as the “philosophical basis for quantum physics” (1). He acknowledges that “to truly understand quantum mechanics as...
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Novel (1 May 2019) 52 (1): 136–139.
Published: 01 May 2019
... hardware vividly captures the bleak view of the physical world of objects that new materialists such as Jane Bennett and Karen Barad think we moderns have inherited from the Enlightenment. Philosophers from Descartes onward are accused of being conspiracy theorists, like Morpheus and his crew, who stripped...
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Novel (1 May 2019) 52 (1): 170–174.
Published: 01 May 2019
... literary work (often within the rapidly changing media environment) rather than to the integration of a book's physical attributes and the project of its interpretation. John Lurz pursues this latter conjunction, emphatically expanding the purview of both media and literary studies to embrace the material...
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Novel (1 May 2002) 36 (1): 111–118.
Published: 01 May 2002
... and perspectivalist forms to Einsteinian relativity under the rubric of "radical thought." Herbert also wants to show that there is no way to grasp modern physics with- out understanding the "overwhelmingly ethical character" (xiii) of the matrix of relativist thinking from which it emerged...
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Novel (1 May 2004) 38 (1): 111–113.
Published: 01 May 2004
... sean real. And in- deed, the book alternates somewhat uncomfortably between historical/ cultural explana- tion and phenomenological assertion (more on this below). Asserting that the ''human investment in the physical world" is not reducible to the logic of consumer capitalism (5), Brown...
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Novel (1 May 2009) 42 (1): 141–144.
Published: 01 May 2009
... uncontrolled mental functions with free and pleasurable sensuous activity,” Austin explains, but exercise alone is not at issue (11). Aus- tin describes two distinct forms of memory: a purely mentalist one and a second embod- ied form that exists outside consciousness, as in a physical reflex or the habits...
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Novel (1 November 2013) 46 (3): 457–459.
Published: 01 November 2013
... theorized. But it has become increasingly clear that the story of inner life is one of the external, too, with a younger generation of scholars showing us how literary conventions surrounding external detail (in delineating physical character, for example) played a role in the construction of...
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Novel (1 November 2016) 49 (3): 486–503.
Published: 01 November 2016
... sound and the body of the vehicle for the organs of hearing and speaking, so that communication is just as physically mediated as ever. As outlandish as Tucker's theory of spiritual communication seems, his posthumously published philosophical text articulates one of the central dilemmas of novels...
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Novel (1 November 2014) 47 (3): 477–480.
Published: 01 November 2014
... cathected the text in pro- portion as they disownedthe book’’ (4). To preserve the text’s transcendent ability to cultivate deep, self-knowing subjects, they disavowed the physical substance and multiple uses of its delivery system—the book itself. Price dislodges reading from its unexamined throne...
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Novel (1 November 2002) 35 (2-3): 193–210.
Published: 01 November 2002
... and Postmodernist Geeks.” The Disabilities Studies Reader . Ed. Davis. 348 –65. Mitchell , David T. and L. Snyder Sharon, eds. “Introduction: Disability Studies and the Double Bind of Representation.” The Body and Physical Difference: Discourses of Disability . Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P...