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Novel (1 November 2011) 44 (3): 496–499.
Published: 01 November 2011
...Beth Connors-Manke SMITH CALEB , The Prison and the American Imagination ( New Haven : Yale UP , 2009 ), pp. 272 , cloth, $40.00 ; paperback, $25.00 . © 2011 by Novel, Inc. 2011 Duke University Press Social Death and Moral Enlightenment caleb smith, The Prison and the American...
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Novel (1 August 2013) 46 (2): 214–233.
Published: 01 August 2013
... possible contingencies, novelists drew from a wider fascination with the collection of social statistical information and the promise that this offered for envisioning possible dangers and picturing contingent versions of the self. I consider several examples of George Eliot's engagement with the logic of...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 1–17.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Anna Kornbluh There could scarcely be a novel more searingly critical of social contradictions than Thomas Hardy's last, and arguably the last Victorian one, Jude the Obscure . Between its Pauline epigraph (“the letter killeth”) and its unforgettable tragedy (“done because we are too menny”), Jude...
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Novel (1 August 2017) 50 (2): 283–287.
Published: 01 August 2017
...Dean Franco Moya Paula M. L. , The Social Imperative: Race, Close Reading, and Contemporary Literary Criticism ( Stanford : Stanford UP , 2015 ), pp. 224, paper, $22.95 . Copyright © 2017 by Duke University Press 2017 Are you someone who thinks the current theory debates would benefit...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 452–464.
Published: 01 November 2017
...John Carlos Rowe Social media pose the greatest challenge to the novel since its rise to social influence in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as a key genre for imagining personal identity and social affiliation. Because digital social media are capable of representing individuals...
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Novel (1 August 2018) 51 (2): 308–321.
Published: 01 August 2018
... as she time and again finds the right way to manipulate the social structure to her advantage. I draw deliberately on the discourse of affect here because, as Dierdra Reber has recently suggested, affect can be read as the reigning episteme of neoliberalism's all-conquering free market. With this...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 136–139.
Published: 01 May 2015
... socialization—powerfully advanced in his “Über die Sozialisation Wilhelm Meisters” (surprisingly not mentioned in an otherwise well-researched study)—would have offered considerable support for the argument that is here attempted. If Boes's discussion of Goethe's Wilhelm Meister leaves one pining for less...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 538–545.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Gage McWeeny The oblique interrelations of characters through complex social networks—the Empire of the Little which so much occupies mid-nineteenth-century realism—constituted for fiction a “new social continent,” as Fredric Jameson has suggested. But this continent has more than one discoverer...
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Novel (1 August 2015) 48 (2): 261–279.
Published: 01 August 2015
...Michael Lucey This article is in part an attempt to demonstrate Proust's interest in the sociological functioning of talk, where talk is viewed not solely as a medium for communication but also as one in which social work of various kinds is accomplished via nonsemantic features of language. The...
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Novel (1 August 2011) 44 (2): 186–207.
Published: 01 August 2011
...Ulka Anjaria This essay moves away from accounts of social realism, which privilege its political aims over its aesthetic innovations. I argue that social realism written under colonialism was part of a larger intellectual project to rethink the desirability and content of nationalism by testing...
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Novel (1 May 2016) 49 (1): 65–81.
Published: 01 May 2016
... “obliterate” social cohesion or at least make its incoherence legible? This essay turns to Charles Dickens's Bleak House to think about the negative aspect of the novel's involvement in the horizon of legibility of social relations. It focuses on the novel's representation of mud—both as the abject material...
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Novel (1 May 2013) 46 (1): 93–115.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Daniel Williams This essay considers the significance of rumor in the work of Thomas Hardy, anchoring its claims in a reading of Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1891). I argue that rumor conditions the narrative movement of this novel through its linked operations in social space and bodily sensation...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 517–523.
Published: 01 November 2009
... lie latent in the length itself of the triple-decker novel? A reading of Bleak House suggests that its expansive form specifically allowed Dickens to represent multiple social, economic, and institutional networks. Linking the many characters in Bleak House is a dense overlapping of networked...
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Novel (1 November 2015) 48 (3): 400–420.
Published: 01 November 2015
... supernatural agency over Crane's fictional terrain. Accounting for these in terms of fairly conventional modes of realism and naturalism, critics often presume that Crane's plotting works to literalize clichés of common speech and thus to reveal, in a manner of action, social significance latent in a manner of...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 38–46.
Published: 01 May 2010
...John Plotz This article argues that the time has come to reconsider John Stuart Mill's relationship to the novel and to pay more heed to his reflections on the complicated interplay between text-based and face-to-face forms of social intercourse. His early essay “What Is Poetry?” begins a journey...
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Novel (1 May 2018) 51 (1): 17–35.
Published: 01 May 2018
... the cognitive standards of liberal citizenship, statistical sciences around the time of the 1867 Reform Act reversed the usual priority given to the individual over the collective, redefining the self as a compilation of demographic and social information. When Anthony Trollope's 1867 Phineas Finn...
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Novel (1 May 2019) 52 (1): 23–43.
Published: 01 May 2019
... dispossesses the subjects of such discourses, this essay suggests that Frank Churchill's fluency in the language of plotting captures the double bind of power and dispossession nestled within social performance. Plotting, I argue, emerges as a form of social know-how, both encouraged and curbed by the...
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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...
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Novel (1 November 2012) 45 (3): 368–388.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Michael Parrish Lee This essay argues that modern Anglo-American reading practices are structured by a system of value that defines the social against material appetite. This system of value is at root novelistic, based in an uneven narrative and characterological dichotomy between sexual desire...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 90–107.
Published: 01 May 2014
... the public sphere, which in the Turkish case has come to imply a realm that belongs to the state or its institutions ( kamu ), a strictly masculine space. Not being able to manifest herself within social structures, she fails to take part in the network of actual give-and-take that defines all...