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Novel (1 August 2016) 49 (2): 316–342.
Published: 01 August 2016
... to the liberal Anglophone West and its expanding frontiers. Realism wars seem to erupt at the sites of struggle between norms of finite social description and dreams of expansive political projection. That tension runs as a fault line between the integrated secular authority and broad universalist...
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Novel (1 August 2016) 49 (2): 343–357.
Published: 01 August 2016
...Colleen Lye Not too long ago, nothing was deemed “real.” Now, however, everything seems to be. Why is that, and when did this shift occur? This afterword argues that the influence of an “Arrighian realism” is making itself felt in emergent historical materialist reassessments of how to measure...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 351–359.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Timothy Bewes Just when the political stakes of truth and falsity in the United States seem to be higher than ever, many American writers are exploring a conceptual space located “on the very edge of fiction,” as one author puts it. Are such strategies still readable in ideological terms, or are...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 426–435.
Published: 01 November 2017
... “expectations”: stories that justify rather than explain our current standing. Is the taste for fantasy and nonrealist speculation, then, indicative of an escapist tendency to foreclose on the universalist presumptions encoded in realist fiction? The age of patrimonial agglomeration may seem a death knell to...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 366–372.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Jed Esty Lukácsian narrative theory remains influential in literary studies despite the fact that many of its principles and conclusions seem specific to novel production within the industrializing heartland of the nineteenth-century European nation-state. Starting with the premise that two of...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 175–182.
Published: 01 August 2009
... are true because “certitude [i.e., true belief] is accompanied … by a specific feeling, proper to it, and discriminating it from other states, intellectual and moral.” By contrast, In “The Portrait of Mr. W. H.” (1889) and elsewhere, Wilde attempts to make all beliefs seem open to doubt and debate...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 380–386.
Published: 01 November 2009
... Political Justice , seems to change Godwin's mind about the possibility of a clear-cut definition of action. Whereas the work of political philosophy allows the description of moral ideas leading to ethical action, the form of the novel as narrative, which requires examples of enacted decisions, stresses...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 387–392.
Published: 01 November 2009
... Freud states in Studies on Hysteria that “it is difficult to attribute too much sense” to what may seem minor details (such as tics), neurology tends to grant them no meaning whatsoever. Where does this leave a literary-critical hermeneutics that has tended to take the Freudian view here as its default...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 417–422.
Published: 01 November 2009
... coincidental indeterminacies as part of a fascination with unorthodox causal structures and the breakup of secular time. Today these contingent textual incidents seem to foreshadow a wider set of uncertainties regarding the true scope of historical narrative: the place of the event in cultural analysis, the...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 23–30.
Published: 01 May 2010
... productions of art photographers such as Oscar Rejlander and Henry Peach Robinson, who transposed bodies and even body parts into different scenes and visual narratives. Ironically, then, the very qualities that seemed to disqualify photography as an artistic medium (fragmentation and abstraction) turn out to...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 38–46.
Published: 01 May 2010
... persuasive writing comes to seem a site where autonomous individuals, endowed with deep feelings, can find a selfhood molded by the thoughts of others but not dogged by the “tyranny of the prevailing opinion and feeling.” Mill eventually decides that immersing oneself in the written emotions and thoughts of...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 474–481.
Published: 01 November 2009
..., co-influence, and sometimes even seem to merge. The novel teaches its readers to pity the sheep and to push beyond an exclusively human-centered perspective. © 2009 by Novel, Inc. 2009 Works Cited Beer , Gillian . Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot, and...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 60–64.
Published: 01 May 2010
... the least likely of practical anarchists; he is small, handsome, vaguely literary, and not at all violent. What seems most to make Hyacinth a good terrorist is the fact that he is not just good (clever, sensitive, etc.), but perfect ; he is said by other characters “never to make a mistake.” If The...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 490–496.
Published: 01 November 2009
... particular on the stylistic and narrative features that make the eponymous heroine of that book seem a visitant in her own story. Noting that the novel insistently figures Romola's abstraction as erotically charged, I argue that this character is Eliot's means of reflecting on the situation of the novel...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 497–503.
Published: 01 November 2009
... her female narratee, the story of the heterosexual subject, which the eighteenth-century novel seems bent on confirming, is revealed as a story of the failure or incompleteness of the novel's own heteronormative project. Nineteenth-century novels eschew the structure of what I call the sapphic...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 107–115.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Stuart Sherman Newspapers and novels both tend to run long, but they accomplish their protractions by means so different as to seem at first glance diametrically opposed—the paper by its steady pulse of publication across an open-ended span, the novel by something more like sprawl. Despite these...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 531–537.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Mary Helen McMurran Nearly a quarter century after Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities , the novel seems to be less a national subject than a flexible citizen. But before Ian Watt's The Rise of the Novel , most novel histories took the mobility of prose fictions for granted; writers had long...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 169–175.
Published: 01 May 2010
...William B. Warner It seems quite likely that the emergence of the public post in the late seventeenth century had as profound an effect upon the media culture of the eighteenth century as the emergence of the networked computer has had in our own day. The post is a public system, through which you...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 24–42.
Published: 01 May 2014
... political body. A Hawthorne story from the same period as Tocqueville's study shows the new collectivity paradoxically requiring the constraints of classical liberalism just as liberalism in turn seemed to require the popular energy unleashed by democracy to justify its constraints and exclusions. Hawthorne...
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Novel (1 August 2014) 47 (2): 224–241.
Published: 01 August 2014
..., the story seems bound to enforce the logic of the existing social order. This essay reads Hardy's last novel in quite another political light. Turning to Jacques Rancière's analysis of the politics of literature, it suggests that the novel genre finds a basis for radical political transformation in...