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Novel (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 (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 to...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 163–168.
Published: 01 May 2010
... well-theorized connection between the archive and the nation-state, diaspora novels require a transnational reading practice that encompasses multiple national archives. This critical practice opens the archive and exposes the nation-state's exclusionary investments in it. Diaspora literature thus...
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Novel (2020) 53 (1): 57–75.
Published: 01 May 2020
... transparency as a strategy for obfuscation, we can develop a new practice of reading that is capable of interpreting performances of transparency, performances that currently work to deflect suspicious modes of interpretation. This article demonstrates how James's development of a childlike reading practice...
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Novel (2017) 50 (3): 351–359.
Published: 01 November 2017
... they better understood as a loss of the critical standpoint from which ideological reading might take place? This article outlines the need for a critical practice capable of meeting the formal and ideological challenges of contemporary American fiction and takes the first steps toward imagining such a...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 116–123.
Published: 01 May 2010
... making more of itself, to flesh out the “real” by adding more layers, whether of interpretations or of consciousness. Close reading and ideology thus developed hand-in-hand with what I call the practice of “close writing.” The results were the standard forms of modern criticism, including entire books on...
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Novel (2014) 47 (1): 11–23.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Kent Puckett This essay asks why Alice's Adventures in Wonderland would feature something as practically political as a caucus. After nearly drowning in Alice's tears, the Dodo suggests to her and other animals “that the best thing to get us dry would be a Caucus-race.” In order to figure out what...
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Novel (2021) 54 (1): 1–18.
Published: 01 May 2021
... practice common to the objects of architecture and text, one that accommodates both scientific and aesthetic ends. The acoustic hermeneutic marks the convergence of oft-estranged listening practices—one that apprehends the silent materiality of the text as if it were an audible room and, conversely, one...
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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 64–83.
Published: 01 May 2019
... chart two divergent routes out of Eliot's reformulation of address. Together they reflect the tension in her work between theoretical inclusivity and high literary style—and between democratic principles of universal access and the stratification that in practice organizes a mass reading public. 5...
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Novel (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 (2018) 51 (2): 339–361.
Published: 01 August 2018
... a robust pluralist practice in fact demands categorical delineation and opposition. In this way, Zimbabwean writers' frequent reliance on binary oppositions becomes the starting point for theorizing an argumentative novel form, which responds to but may not directly reflect the anti pluralist...
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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 200–218.
Published: 01 August 2019
... knowledge itself contains contradictions. Taking Lukács's distinction between “narrative” and “descriptive” realism as a starting point, I argue that Bouvard in fact “narrates” the very changes Lukács describes, depicting a historical shift that speaks not only to changes in literary practice but to...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 442–459.
Published: 01 November 2019
... Lynch's theoretical agnosticism with respect to capital- O Ontology. Refusing anything like a full-blown theory of form, John Henry Days both practices and advocates provisional taxonomy—touching and moving on—as a way of knowing its ever-changing material. This article's analysis of the describer's...
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Novel (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 (2020) 53 (3): 452–471.
Published: 01 November 2020
... dramatizes a citizen-science response to marine debris and theorizes marine science as a mode of witnessing and a mode of reading. Furthermore, by bringing her depictions of marine science into conversation with the Zen Buddhist practice of not-knowing, Ozeki meditates upon the idea that attempts to know or...
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Novel (2014) 47 (2): 284–300.
Published: 01 August 2014
...Davide Panagia Jacques Rancière's political writings have enjoyed increased reception and engagement in the Anglo-American world. Yet few readers have paused to ask themselves what reading practices his works presume and evoke and if there is a politics to his stylistics. The conventional approach...
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Novel (2014) 47 (1): 149–166.
Published: 01 May 2014
... birth of finance capital. In the process, Danticat further destabilizes the secularism thesis and premium on democratic reason by aesthetically incarnating the affective, embodied, ritual practices that forge a community. © 2014 by Novel, Inc. 2014 Duke University Press Works Cited Agamben...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 112–122.
Published: 01 May 2017
... styles and markets is subdued through melodrama's focus on affective rather than taste-making practices, appearing as a viable metaphor of the fate of book-objects in a zero-sum marketplace. This article focuses on Rich and Famous , which explores the question of affinity between women, lowbrow and...
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Novel (2016) 49 (2): 316–342.
Published: 01 August 2016
... to realism freshly unlocked from its subordinate role in a promodernist critical climate. Both shifts—in the practice and in the theory of world realism—can be understood as post–Cold War effects. Surveying the recent rise of realism as a favored object and methodological reference point in novel...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 85–102.
Published: 01 May 2015
... institutional reproduction, Nostromo calls on tropes of nineteenth-century realism only to insist upon their inadequacy. The novel's attention to institutions as material structures (and as actors in their own right) joined to sets of values, practices, and incentives (and thus as contexts for individual action...