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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 423–430.
Published: 01 November 2009
... the surprisingly extensive antebellum engagement with Bleak House on the part of African Americans and abolitionists, I show how such a combination of methods enables us to tease out the determinants, mechanics, and implications of readerly identification and appropriation across racial and national lines. African...
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Novel (2023) 56 (3): 487–490.
Published: 01 November 2023
... of readerly identifications” (28)—the oddities that lead a given individual to see one author as valuable and another as invidious. In the case of the phrase above, the individual is Stuart Hall, whose fascination with Henry James becomes, in Tsang's account, a complex interplay of identifications...
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Novel (2023) 56 (3): 367–388.
Published: 01 November 2023
... Eliot intertextuality readerly identification quixotism “Come here, Dan!” beckons Sir Hugo Mallinger early in George Eliot's 1876 novel Daniel Deronda (168). Sir Hugo is addressing his ward, the novel's title character, but as it happens he could just as easily have been addressing me. In fact...
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Novel (2018) 51 (3): 399–416.
Published: 01 November 2018
...: without the help of visuals, the latter would pose a more formidable challenge. Our experiences of verbal media are as much determined by our command of the language as by their inherent communicative features. Another reason for my emphasis on the readerly aspect of Cloud Atlas is that, despite its...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 322–338.
Published: 01 August 2018
... as Julius's rumination upon her death gives way almost immediately to other, unrelated thoughts. The disregard of V.'s death comes, then, in Open City, to function metonymically for the deaths of millions of her predecessors. If there is readerly identification at work here, it must operate...
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Novel (2021) 54 (2): 227–247.
Published: 01 August 2021
... of identification: “ I would never say that!” we all exclaim. Yet artistically, it's no good, for the same reason, and also for another—the overly-literal translation turns Nello's speech into something nobody would say . ( “OLM” ) 1 My interest in the macaroni-and-cheese moment in Romola is not, like...
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Novel (2014) 47 (1): 1–10.
Published: 01 May 2014
... from the same well. Their difference lies in the antithesis of religion’s fundamentalist belief in the Word made flesh and fiction’s suspension of disbelief. (As many theorists of readerly identification with the novel’s world and its immaterial population know, this sus- pension does not reliably...
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Novel (2020) 53 (2): 295–298.
Published: 01 August 2020
... of realism. Megan Ward's Seeming Human opens with a bold question: what if we tried to sidestep this rhetoric of extreme readerly naivete? What would characters seem like if we approached their imitation of life with an emphasis on imitation ? For Ward, this is not merely a formal question: a question...
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Novel (2022) 55 (3): 547–565.
Published: 01 November 2022
... and affixed decorative modules. All this faded glory in high-resolution advent (digital fidelity the new mantra of the faithful) sends us, soon enough, back to the vile enclosure (that “slime-laden cave”) of the prophet's revelations—as rehearsed in Taimur's foul cell, residual site of readerly identification...
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Novel (2020) 53 (1): 128–131.
Published: 01 May 2020
... and change. In the case of the Higgins's novel, this participation, properly enacted through careful reading, does not lead to some form of identification with the novel's characters or the violent world they inhabit, but to a distancing from that world and the communicative and conspiratorial betrayals...
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Novel (2014) 47 (3): 422–442.
Published: 01 November 2014
... and parodies of novelistic conventions into the narrative itself, he disallows the possibility of the bourgeois, readerly identification that has historically been associated with novel reading. Thanks to such interruptions, which function something like an inchoate version of Bertolt Brecht’s alienation...
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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 338–342.
Published: 01 August 2019
... the ordinary or the socially neglected to heightened readerly attention, realism is also deflationary and antiheroic, asserting its protagonists' smallness in the wide world even as it keeps them in focus: thus the fate of Emma Bovary's fantasies of living in a novel, or what she believes a novel to be (pity...
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Novel (2013) 46 (1): 162–168.
Published: 01 May 2013
.... . . . ​ ­Subscribing to the list is an act of conscious affiliation and identification. It can also be seen as an act of readerly bonding; those who post seek responses—not the least important of which is approval from members of a scholarly community. (Even on a formal level, all postings must...
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Novel (2005) 39 (1): 25–47.
Published: 01 May 2005
... from the period portray women as having a greater capacity for sympathetic identification, because of their maternal capacities, so that they are more emotionally responsive and susceptible as readers (31, 56-57). Special concern centered on the influence of reading on young, unmarried women, who...
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Novel (2018) 51 (3): 438–460.
Published: 01 November 2018
... and the Foe ur-text to argue that the novel proposes an impossible crossing, whereby key strategies we have used to value the genre—its capacity to summon countervoices or to invoke an ethical response to alterity—are shadowed by a radical question about the limits of our readerly attention. Copyright ©...
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Novel (2017) 50 (3): 452–464.
Published: 01 November 2017
...) depends on controlling the reader's function in response to a complex, evolving narrative. Social media and many other forms of digital messaging are not just shorter than novels (and other print narratives); they depend for their existence on readerly responses that often bring about a dramatic swerve...
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Novel (2010) 43 (3): 401–423.
Published: 01 November 2010
... a valuable way of starting to read form with ethical concerns in mind, has largely confined itself to the eighteenth century.10 Alex Woloch has sug- gested of the nineteenth-century novel that the distribution of readerly attention among characters can provide a valuable way of viewing how novels...
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Novel (2021) 54 (2): 315–320.
Published: 01 August 2021
... to summarize the narrative in this way and, to all intents and purposes in conversation, would probably not stumble across any differences that could not be attributed to a failure of memory” (33). Despite Eve's having deregulated this human's readerly senses by experimenting—as mentioned above...
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Novel (2011) 44 (1): 47–66.
Published: 01 May 2011
... backward. Interestingly, the popularity of such fiction is often linked to a readerly desire that offsets the impossibilities of other hermeneutic acts. In D. A. Miller’s words, because Chan- cery “engenders an interpretative project, [while] depriv[ing] it of all the require- ments for its...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 May 2017
... to be more prototypically novelistic than others. If the identification of the European novel as a distinct type of writing (even if it has a formal resemblance to earlier lengthy prose narratives in the Latin, Hellenic, Arabic, Japanese, and Chinese traditions) emerging at a particular, if extended...