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Novel (1 August 2017) 50 (2): 255–277.
Published: 01 August 2017
... nineteenth-century realism character-space recessive action In his 1908 Preface to The Portrait of a Lady , Henry James remembers his optimism, as he gazed out the window of his rented lodgings on the Riva Schiavoni in the spring of 1880, that Venice's demands on his attention might be turned to...
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Novel (1 November 2014) 47 (3): 363–382.
Published: 01 November 2014
... of the novel one is adapting would pose the risk of 2 We might think of Fielding as observing quite a different kind of ‘‘uncounted experience’’ when compared to those that Anne-Lise Franc¸ois describes as ‘‘recessive action that takes itself away as it occurs’’ (xvi). Fielding...
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Novel (1 August 2007) 40 (1-2): 104–124.
Published: 01 August 2007
... features-cavities, rifts, caves, hollows, and recesses-that enable all of the central actions of the novel. A land of recesses and underground caverns is a land seemingly destined to give rise to secrets, romantic mysteries, and freaks of fancy. And by virtue of its ir- regularly decaying surface...
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Novel (1 August 2018) 51 (2): 176–187.
Published: 01 August 2018
... name a total, radical décalage within experience: an unfixable split between action and consciousness, the subject and the world. Which is kind of subversive; it's utterly disruptive. Those things are both called irony, but it seems to me they're very different. I hadn't read that Paul de Man essay...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 38–46.
Published: 01 May 2010
... large. A kind of suspended credence in the reasonableness of others’ actions becomes as crucial for making sense of daily social transactions as it is for successful novel reading. Because “Humean skepticism posits this continuous, habitual world of ordinary relations as a fiction” (Duncan 120...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 304–310.
Published: 01 August 2009
... abandon of their impressionable female characters. Falling under the spell of a malevolent despot, these young heroines relinquish volitional control and with it the ability to check, account for, or even recall their actions. Spellbound but mobile, an otherwise tone-deaf Trilby performs ethereal...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 176–183.
Published: 01 May 2010
... came running into the recess I had chosen with all the sportiveness of infancy”: “Suddenly, as I gazed on him, an idea seized me, that this little creature was unprejudiced, and had lived too short a time to have imbibed a horror of deformity. If, therefore, I could seize him, and educate him...
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Novel (1 May 2013) 46 (1): 116–132.
Published: 01 May 2013
... Privacy in Wittgenstein and Beckett.” Philosophy and Literature 27 . 1 ( 2003 ): 164 – 87 <doi:10.1353/phl.2003.0027> . Kenner Hugh . Samuel Beckett: A Critical Study . Berkeley : U of California P , 1968 . Kramnick Jonathan . Actions and Objects from Hobbes to...
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Novel (1 May 2007) 41 (1): 53–72.
Published: 01 May 2007
... province to Paris. The seemingly unilinear narrative of such novels is fa- miliar. They represent a dynamic that appears obvious: the desire of and for the capital. Characters like Rastignac, Rubemprt5, Julien Sorel, and Frt5dt5ric Moreau come immediately to mind. The action of their stories is...
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Novel (1 November 2004) 37 (3): 303–325.
Published: 01 November 2004
... Historical Society. Dunbar , Paul Laurence . Majors and Minors . Toledo: Hadley & Hadley, 1896 . Dunbar , Paul Laurence . “The Negroes of the Tenderloin.” Columbus Dispatch [Ohio] ( December 19 , 1898 ). Martin and Hudson 40 –3. Dunbar , Paul Laurence . “Recession Never...
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Novel (1 November 2008) 41 (2-3): 264–278.
Published: 01 November 2008
... were to be understood as mere opposites. Marx's "merely" (nur) calls for something more, not something other, and "changing the world" has to take place at the level of thought as much as that of action in the everyday sense.' The question here is one of form: what form is appropriate to a...
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Novel (1 August 2018) 51 (2): 292–307.
Published: 01 August 2018
..., according to Allan Kaprow, “ audiences should be eliminated entirely ” in favor of a participatory event that integrates the specificity of “the particular materials and character of the environment” toward a one-time action ( 721 ). As John Barth points out in his 1967 essay “The Literature of Exhaustion...
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Novel (1 May 2013) 46 (1): 93–115.
Published: 01 May 2013
... “pushes the action deeper into the back- ground” (104). Novel: A Forum on Fiction 46:1  DOI 10.1215/00295132-2019128  © 2013 by Novel, Inc. 94 NOVEL | SPRING 2013 rumor bears a “nontrivial relation to truth that eludes the problem of verification and falsification and claims to...
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Novel (1 May 2016) 49 (1): 115–138.
Published: 01 May 2016
... “Earth,” “planet,” “politics,” and “scarcity”—a coherent field of thought and action in which nations, like corporations, were acknowledged as legal persons ( persona ficta ) entitled to life, liberty, and estate. It was, however, an increasingly closed field. As Cecil Rhodes—founding chairman of De...
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Novel (1 May 2016) 49 (1): 26–48.
Published: 01 May 2016
... great and so speedy a result. —James Fenimore Cooper Whereas the titles of Cooper's four other installments of The Leatherstocking Tales are based on characters, The Prairie (1827) singularly addresses the space in which its action takes place. In striking contrast to the dense woodlands of...
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Novel (1 November 2005) 38 (2-3): 165–192.
Published: 01 November 2005
... receives decidedly mixed reviews in its various performances, the novel steadily maintains the es- sential beneficence of Tom's actions. These reflections on the political fortunes of "good nature" lead into Sophia's private chamber, where she shares with her maid thoughts of Tom's goodness. Even...
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Novel (1 May 2019) 52 (1): 1–22.
Published: 01 May 2019
... emotions and the rising melodramatic action that culminates in an apocalyptic settling of social relations. 14 At first glance, Frederick's story is a typical nineteenth-century nautical melodrama, one of political melodrama's most popular subgenres: after helping to overthrow a tyrannical—indeed, a...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 18–44.
Published: 01 May 2015
...-Ash Farm (293). 10 Paradoxically, Tess may seem most real to us in states where her personality is the most diffuse and dissolved. Correspondingly, for many readers, the most memorable scenes of Tess of the D'Urbervilles are those in which nothing happens at all—scenes where action and event...
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Novel (1 May 2017) 50 (1): 8–34.
Published: 01 May 2017
... 1785, “gives a familiar relation of such things, as pass every day before our eyes” ( 353 ). At the same time that new standards of probability distinguished the novel from its predecessor, romance, so too did its desire to “paint the inward mind” and to “dive into those recesses . . . lay[ing] them...
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Novel (1 November 2018) 51 (3): 399–416.
Published: 01 November 2018
... reflex action from the reader: “In reading about characters reading, decoding, responding, interpreting, you encounter in this curious textual fold the superimposition of your own hermeneutic practice upon that of the characters. The pressure from this superimposition sets the narrative text into recess...