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Novel (2016) 49 (2): 393–397.
Published: 01 August 2016
...Theodore Martin Serpell C. Namwali , Seven Modes of Uncertainty Cambridge : Harvard UP , 2014 , pp. 408, Hardcover, $49.95 . Copyright © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 C. Namwali Serpell's Seven Modes of Uncertainty is, among other things, a bravura performance. I do...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 339–359.
Published: 01 August 2022
...Christine Okoth Abstract Through readings of two novels that feature hydroelectric facilities—Peter Abrahams's A Wreath for Udomo and Namwali Serpell's The Old Drift —this article demonstrates how each text grapples in very different ways with the tensions between extractive infrastructures...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 161–179.
Published: 01 August 2022
... nations, Christine Okoth explains how those opposed to European modernity became tragically aware of this dependency. The novels that unfold the logic of her argument—Peter Abrahams's A Wreath for Udomo and Namwali Serpell's The Old Drift —cover the period from the novel's (postmodern) break from...
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Novel (2023) 56 (3): 410–429.
Published: 01 November 2023
... to destabilize such ideological foundations, Remainder 's reenactments mobilize mimesis in service of what C. Namwali Serpell calls “a will to certainty—a desire to see patterns—bestirred by the experiential vibrations of uncertainty” ( 247 ). The narrator's impulse to manage the overwhelming excess...
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Novel (2016) 49 (3): 409–428.
Published: 01 November 2016
... and reflection, according to theorists like Nussbaum, whereas for Butler and others ethical self-restraint is developed through immersive experience of the restrictive force of discursive paradigms instantiated by novel representation. C. Namwali Serpell aligns herself with neither pole but still relies upon...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 442–459.
Published: 01 November 2019
... a reinterpretation of Hamlet ”; “It's a masterpiece”; and so on (324–27). The speakers of these assessments are all clichés rendered as individuals, including a “prodigal son,” “a hooker with a heart of gold,” and a “substituting big black guy when really meaning to say nigger ” (326–27). As C. Namwali Serpell...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 360–379.
Published: 01 August 2022
... This unknowability intersects with Remainder 's narrator's own bounded knowledge. See Mark Seltzer for an account of his “unlimited limits” ( 155 ) and Namwali Serpell for his limiting use of similes ( 233 ). 12 Nancy Armstrong has recently argued Remainder 's narrator derives from “the reprehensible...
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Novel (2020) 53 (1): 76–95.
Published: 01 May 2020
... of critics such as Caroline Levine, Namwali Serpell , and Rita Felski , who employ the concept of affordance in order to describe how literary forms significantly shape the ways we read texts and the imaginative possibilities they open up. Levine helpfully summarizes: “Affordances point us both to what all...
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Novel (2023) 56 (1): 62–84.
Published: 01 May 2023
...? Does this explain the popularity of such narratives? These questions touch on the thorny issue raised by Namwali Serpell in “The Banality of Empathy,” in which she warns that a certain kind of “empathy model of art can bleed too easily into the relishing of suffering by those who are safe from...