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Novel (2016) 49 (3): 467–485.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Emily Zubernis What is a minimalist novel? This essay approaches the question through readings of Henry James, a writer notorious for the complexity of his prose style. James's writing is never simple and rarely brief, of course, but it is often remarkably unproductive. Indeed, the very complexity...
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Novel (2023) 56 (3): 337–366.
Published: 01 November 2023
... is reinforced or foreclosed in the endless generativity of grammar. slee@stlawu.edu Copyright © 2023 by Novel, Inc. 2023 linguistics prose style Georg Lukács Theodor Adorno Otto Jespersen Our life today is shaped in such a way that glances which no one has noticed or words which have...
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Novel (2022) 55 (3): 547–565.
Published: 01 November 2022
...—with an all‐too‐real network of violence hard‐wiring them imperceptibly to each other. Beyond the latent dialectic of these disjunct prose episodes, the novel critiques a world “formed” on quite different principles, whose geopolitical systems it confronts on fiction's own resistant verbal terms. To argue...
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Novel (2013) 46 (1): 147–152.
Published: 01 May 2013
... precursors in a different way. The second chapter, “Writing and Politics after Beckett,” shares the subtitle of the book as a whole and sets out to address important questions: Why is Beckett’s prose style so important to Coetzee? and “Can we give a fuller description of how it works and what...
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Novel (2004) 37 (3): 360–362.
Published: 01 November 2004
... WoolPs own struggles with madness) leads to Woolf's more modernist experiments in Jacob's Room and Mrs. Dalioway. In these 1920s novels, Sherry suggests, Woolf more successfully resists the failing pull of the logical narra- tive by using a prose style which favors subordinate clauses over...
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Novel (2017) 50 (2): 279–282.
Published: 01 August 2017
... intimate way, on this ineradicable boundary between sound and silence, being and non-being” (38). “[T]he value of prose fiction, and of prose style, is perhaps found in the capacity not to depict bodies but to erase them, to reveal their nonbeing” (73). “[T]he novel is perhaps the exemplary form...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 May 2017
... category. Rather, “prose” is above all a medium that has become associated with one of the levels of decorum at which it may be used: the low style, or sermo humilis , of which, as we know, the New Testament (and particularly the Gospels) is the great exemplar in the European literary tradition...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 1–10.
Published: 01 May 2010
... not that verse ignores the consecutive nexus while prose is nothing but that, of course; these are just their “lines of least resistance,” to use Roman Jakobson’s metaphor; it is not a matter of essence, but of relative frequency—but style is always a matter of relative frequency, and consecutiveness...
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Novel (2023) 56 (1): 142–145.
Published: 01 May 2023
... for Nilges to discuss African American fiction in a separate chapter, given that tradition's very different relation to concerns about an endless, futureless present. One nonetheless wonders if this approach hides as much as it reveals. Whitehead's prose style, for instance, seems more indebted to DeLillo's...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 97–111.
Published: 01 May 2017
..., and subjective experience that manifest in the novel's fretful leveling of objects and experiences using the repeated, vague signifier things . Nothing , meanwhile, is frequently read as a return to the world, and the prose style, of Party Going . A group of related socialites—a young couple, their parents...
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Novel (2017) 50 (3): 351–359.
Published: 01 November 2017
... profession, voice, appearance, or prose style) resembled those of the author. Mikhail Bakhtin, a figure I had been reading compulsively for several years and whose analysis of the logic of novelistic discourse I was convinced was the key to navigating the recent turn in American fiction, describes...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 460–466.
Published: 01 November 2009
... different prose stylings and genres, one of which, cru- cially for my purposes, is a kind of amateur naturalist observation. A statistical page count of the first three volumes of Our Village reveals that 25 percent of the text is devoted to observation of nature. Embedded as they are within...
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Novel (2007) 40 (1-2): 104–124.
Published: 01 August 2007
..., oblique, circuitous, upward and downward, . . . remarkably irregular in surface" (23), and so on-seems to apply to Brown's prose style in this work. By extension, Edgar's pursuit of the inscrutable Irishman through the "desert tract" corresponds in a peculiar way to the reader's experience...
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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 383–398.
Published: 01 November 2020
.... ( Children Act 13 ) The Lord Chief Justice's praise applies as much to Fiona's professional abilities as it does to her prose style; her writing is her character. Fiona's own assessment also ties her writing and herself together, her style—and the hoped-for citations—a reflection of her ageing...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 308–321.
Published: 01 August 2018
... on the reality of moral evil . . . and by his treatment of the problem of self-sacrifice, especially the sacrifice of one's own happiness or good in recognition of some sort of requirement not relevant to one's happiness or good” (30). 3 Meissner writes: “[T]he prose style of the late phase shares...
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Novel (2012) 45 (2): 165–183.
Published: 01 August 2012
... reference point for literary fiction—as recent novels by Colson Whitehead, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Julian Barnes attest—a more experimental prose style has in turn been reappropriated by “genre” writers like Richard Price and David Peace. And such crossings of high and low are hardly...
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Novel (2010) 43 (2): 350–353.
Published: 01 August 2010
... of American prose, explored by critics such as Richard Poirier in A World Elsewhere: The Place of Style in American Literature (1973), and rejuvenates and substantiates it. While bracing, Davis’s arguments in Formalism, Experience also seem partial. If she means to address “the making of American...
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Novel (2003) 36 (2): 219–243.
Published: 01 August 2003
... standard for judging experience, he usually typifies African Americans who imitate white culture and favor assimilation. In this passage, however, Jeff Campbell approaches the "wandering" rhetoric both of Melanctha's own dia- logue and Stein's prose style. In his discussion of Melanctha as religion...
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Novel (2012) 45 (3): 327–342.
Published: 01 November 2012
... member on board the Pequod to discharge his spleen by getting caught up in delirium that promises to immerse him in a flood of intensely animating experiences. Upon boarding the ship, Ishmael reinvests his melancholia in the speculative delirium animating his prose style. Ishmael’s subjunctive...
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Novel (2014) 47 (1): 57–66.
Published: 01 May 2014
... that came to maturity after the war, a novelist whose prose style effected a transformation in Japanese letters and whose ethical concerns made him the central literary spokesman for the angst of his generation and for antinuclear politics. For Oe, the atomic bombing of Hir- oshima—in particular its...