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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 349–354.
Published: 01 August 2009
...Jane Elliott Focusing on Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake , this essay examines what I term “dramas of immediacy” in recent North American fiction. Postmodern novels of the 1980s and 1990s were defined in part by their interest in the way in which narrative shaped our experience, particularly in...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 351–359.
Published: 01 November 2017
... teaching a university course titled, with deliberate vagueness in an attempt to attract a large student enrollment, Recent Experiments in American Fiction. The vagueness was intentional but misleading, for the texts on the syllabus had been chosen with a precise rationale that was spelled out in the brief...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 409–425.
Published: 01 November 2017
...John Marx This essay observes that recent city novels set in the global South often depart from earlier postcolonial fiction, in which the sense of geopolitical possibility remained tethered to the promise and limitations of nation-states. To alter that habit, contemporary fiction updates the...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 524–530.
Published: 01 November 2009
...John Marx The conventional wisdom that contemporary fiction has little use for the nation cannot explain the plurality of recent novels that attend to states in crisis. To detail the effects of state collapse is at the very least to insist on the state's continued relevance to the form. This...
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Novel (1 August 2012) 45 (2): 184–201.
Published: 01 August 2012
...Andrew Gaedtke Recent developments in cognitive science have overturned the restrictions of behaviorism and have once again made consciousness a legitimate object of scientific investigation. New brain scanning technologies have introduced the possibility of mapping the neural correlates of...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 338–350.
Published: 01 November 2017
... theoretical attempts to formulate global or world systems of literature. Drawing on Franco Moretti's recent call for us to “unlearn” our traditional literary training, they contend that novels defy any attempt to confine them to the boundaries of the individual work or a national tradition, raising basic...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 78–82.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Bruce Robbins “Too Much Information” takes issue with critic James Wood's charge that “information” plays a disproportionate and aesthetically unfortunate role in many of the larger and more ambitious novels recently published in English. It makes a case for the value of information. It does so...
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Novel (1 May 2018) 51 (1): 36–59.
Published: 01 May 2018
...Kfir Cohen Abstract This essay examines recent developments in Israeli cultural production. To do so, it argues, we must think of new cultural forms as responses to the neoliberal privatization reforms that accompany globalization. These reforms have altered Israeli social life to the degree that...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 517–523.
Published: 01 November 2009
... domesticity that usually underpin the Victorian novel. The essay concludes by suggesting that the expansive length of Bleak House makes it more successful than many recent attempts at capturing the complexity and power of networked social experience, and it ends with the contention that Dickens merges...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 148–156.
Published: 01 May 2010
... Allan Poe and participate in recent critical approaches to the father of detective fiction that read him in the context of the racial discourse of his day, and (2) critique the hierarchical thinking that both banishes comics to the realm of the “subliterary” and sustains racist ideology. In this sense...
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Novel (1 August 2012) 45 (2): 165–183.
Published: 01 August 2012
.... Recent detective novels like Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union and Vikram Chandra's Sacred Games require us to reassess the temporalities of expectation, deferral, and disappointment that have traditionally shaped the genre. Detective fiction, these texts suggest, is all about making us wait...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 11–23.
Published: 01 May 2014
... a “caucus-race” is doing in Wonderland, this essay looks at the history of the caucus, recent political theories of democracy, Lewis Carroll's mathematical work on the theory and practice of elections, and, finally, his literary thinking about what it might really mean to live democratically. © 2014...
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Novel (1 November 2013) 46 (3): 364–385.
Published: 01 November 2013
...Gordon Fraser Recent criticism of Pauline Hopkins's now canonical final magazine novel, Of One Blood; or, The Hidden Self (1902–3), can generally be separated into two broad categories. On the one hand, critics such as Susan Gillman and Shawn Salvant have interrogated the ways in which the novel...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 108–131.
Published: 01 May 2014
... globe. It is in this context that this essay reads a recent novel, The German Mujahid , published (originally in French under the title Le village de l'Allemand, ou Le journal des frères Schiller ) in 2008 by Algerian author Boualem Sansal. Banned in Algeria but winner of the 2011 German Book Trade...
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Novel (1 August 2010) 43 (2): 227–250.
Published: 01 August 2010
... people” as a whole in what appears to be a throwaway line, this epithet expresses the theoretical crux of the novel's provocative engagement with a Victorian politics of population. Where recent critics approach the novel genre primarily as a vehicle for domestic ideology and a technology of...
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Novel (1 November 2011) 44 (3): 354–381.
Published: 01 November 2011
... historians have examined Le manoir mystérieux in the wider context of novelistic production in Quebec in the late nineteenth century. Drawing from recent scholarship in the fields of book history and print culture, this article proposes that a close examination of Le manoir mystérieux' s contents, together...
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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 71–93.
Published: 01 May 2012
... deployment of animality to imply humans' ethical regression, I argue that fiction by London imagines the ethical possibilities of assuming an animal-inspired approach to one's surrounding environment. Drawing on recent insights of materialist philosophy, I show that London takes up the canine figure in White...
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Novel (1 August 2011) 44 (2): 249–267.
Published: 01 August 2011
...Paul Hurh In recent criticism of Herman Melville's Pierre , Pierre's incestuous desire poses a challenge to the sympathetic model of democratic sociality: in transgressing filial distinctions, it erases the difference that makes sympathy possible and illustrates a limit point to the fantasy of...
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Novel (1 November 2011) 44 (3): 444–465.
Published: 01 November 2011
... (1995) alongside his recent collection of critical essays, Native American Fiction: A User's Manual (2006) and queries the extent to which Treuer's exploration of the universal nature of fiction meshes with various articulations of indigenous sovereignty and tribal independence. In doing so it examines...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 103–121.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Madigan Haley This essay approaches the global as an ethos emergent within contemporary fiction, taking J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace (1999) as its primary example. Recent accounts of global or world literature have generally considered these solely as spheres of circulation, while dominant accounts of...