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Novel (2020) 53 (1): 132–136.
Published: 01 May 2020
..., critics are quick to instrumentalize literature to make more ambitious claims for its political utility. The supporters of world literature insist on “ the good world literature can do ” because of “the view it gives its readers on [foreign] worlds they would find hard to see without a local and literary...
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Novel (2015) 48 (3): 446–464.
Published: 01 November 2015
... and reader, between text and world, by describing the kinds of politicization that transpire between the two. A central concept in Sartre's theory is the writer's entreaty to the reader's freedom ( “For Whom Does One Write?” 140 ). This takes place when the writer recognizes in the reader his or her capacity...
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Novel (2017) 50 (3): 452–464.
Published: 01 November 2017
... representation; it is also the shift in representative status that social media make possible. The essay traces the historical shift from the literary protagonist with whom readers identify to the cinematic celebrity to the socially manufactured subjectivity available to everyone on various social media...
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Novel (2012) 45 (1): 71–93.
Published: 01 May 2012
.... Martin Eden further expresses London's belief in the capacity of literature to encourage readers to more fully inhabit their own corporeality. © 2012 by Novel, Inc. 2012 Duke University Press Works Cited Acampora Ralph R. Corporal Compassion: Animal Ethics and Philosophy of Body...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 451–459.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Meegan Kennedy Literary critics' work on the sensation novel has often focused on these novels' purported ability to create affect—specifically suspense, shock, and fear—in their readers. This critical emphasis on how novels reproduce affect in the reader overlooks how they record affect...
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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 64–83.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Alicia Williams Abstract Whence the “dear reader”—and to where? This essay proposes that George Eliot's reformulation of nineteenth-century conventions for addressing reading audiences documents a response to the emergence of Britain's first mass reading public. Eliot inherits a propensity...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 490–496.
Published: 01 November 2009
... reader, a being contradictorily characterized in Eliot's day and ours as both dilettantish and overinvested, both distracted from and passionately identified with the fiction she absorbs. Although conducted in a different theoretical vocabulary, today's critical discourse on reading resonates...
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Novel (2016) 49 (3): 409–428.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Christopher Weinberger Much recent ethical criticism theorizes novels as becoming ethically effective through readers’ oscillation between immersion in mimetic worlds and subsequent reflection on that experience. Murakami Haruki, however, presents readers with irreducibly fictional realities...
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Novel (2011) 44 (1): 31–46.
Published: 01 May 2011
... readers a lesson about the dangers of interpreting desire according to the rules of realistic writing. Instead of issuing a late warning about the dangers of romance reading, Lennox issues an early warning about the possibility that novel reading might coarsen sensibilities by reducing desire...
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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 341–359.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Janina Levin Abstract Readers traditionally associate heroism with risk and confidence in one's abilities. Yet within the realist tradition, Henry James creates a portrait of an unconfident heroine. The Golden Bowl 's Maggie Verver demonstrates she has the ability to become an effective actor...
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Novel (2013) 46 (3): 438–452.
Published: 01 November 2013
... and space that it details, the essay develops a concept of “book memory” that, in a much more personal way than the larger field of “book history,” indexes the affective investment of an individual reader in a particular copy of a book. As a particular book bears the traces of a reader's individual...
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Novel (2010) 43 (3): 401–423.
Published: 01 November 2010
... aestheticized, in fact participates in this tact at the same time that it presents readers and critics with a choice about how much they will say or consider themselves to know about the “facts” of the text they read. Thus, James's late style poses ethical problems to readers while representing such problems...
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Novel (2012) 45 (1): 6–9.
Published: 01 May 2012
... and also some of the most central aspects of our relationship with narratives whose outcomes we care intensely about even though our caring cannot affect those outcomes. Fictional characters are especially immune to the exercise of a reader's or audience's will, so Newcomb's problem is particularly...
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Novel (2012) 45 (1): 19–22.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Kate Flint In this response piece, I consider the variety of ways in which reading may be said to work upon a reader, and I bring out the importance of the idea of affect in this respect. I note that affect is frequently conceived of in a positive light, and my argument shifts to ask what happens...
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Novel (2012) 45 (1): 23–26.
Published: 01 May 2012
...Aarthi Vadde This short piece argues that the demands of reading globally should change how we approach conversations about the ethical reading of minoritarian literature. Rather than assume a stable relationship between the imagined reader as subject and the text as object, we should consider how...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 297–303.
Published: 01 August 2009
... the prototypical marriage plot but also to undermine one of the novel's principal ethical aims: to develop a capacity for sympathy among characters and readers. Compared with some other emotions, envy has received relatively little literary-critical attention, but its formative place in the psychoanalytic theory...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 337–342.
Published: 01 August 2009
... the concupiscence of readers who turn the pages only to get to the end. The coach whose stages are compared to the breaks between chapters in Henry Fielding's Joseph Andrews becomes in Sterne's text the speeding post chaise, a new technology in the mid-eighteenth century, which carries Tristram in his flight from...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 45–62.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Matthew Sussman For many readers, “stupidity” in Henry James signifies mental slowness, poor taste, or even moral delinquency. However, James also conceived of stupidity as a positive virtue because it promises to deliver the individual from the “ordeal of consciousness” associated...
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Novel (2015) 48 (3): 344–362.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Dean Franco This essay argues that metaphors are not objects that simply appear in literature but are phenomena, contingent on a reader's anticipation and affirmation. This dialectical relation, between the metaphors consciously and unconsciously patterned in texts and the receptivity of readers...
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Novel (2015) 48 (2): 190–207.
Published: 01 August 2015
... invested in an ideological interpretation of the end of the Cold War as a victory for the West. The complex narrative demands that the reader embrace history's lost causes and not just the victor's truth. However, the text's complexity involves risks. There is a danger that the novel's expansive...