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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 343–348.
Published: 01 August 2009
..., historically inside the field of civil society yet ideologically outside it, assumes a relentless antagonism to its norms. The division of narratives maps the conceptual antagonism between civil society, a collective composed of individuals and a formal system of regulated differences, and fanaticism, the...
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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 476–480.
Published: 01 November 2020
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 250–271.
Published: 01 August 2018
...Emilio Sauri Abstract What might it mean to conceive of a work of art not simply as a mirror held up to society but as a means to visualize the abstract functions that make society look the way it does? And what can this tell us about the novel's social, political, and artistic potential today? To...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 5–9.
Published: 01 May 2016
... is seen as a liminal space, as betwixt the inside and outside of society; but in its mimicry of the outside, prison is a Foucauldian heterotopia connecting to all communities, all social groups in society. The essay argues that the novel has a future precisely because of its elasticity, its capacity...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 65–81.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Nasser Mufti Can the novel, so adept at making sociopolitical cohesiveness legible, help us understand society's dissolution? If novelistic writing makes national unity conceivable, often in conjunction with the institutions of national literature, language, and region, can this same literary form...
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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 107–129.
Published: 01 May 2019
... preoccupations pertaining to peasants' status in their contemporary society. It makes a case for Hardy's lucid awareness of the continuing nature of primitive accumulation in England and demonstrates that the text aptly explores its effects on various rural social classes. To do so, the article closely examines...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 166–175.
Published: 01 August 2018
...Tom McCarthy Abstract This article was originally delivered as the keynote address at the fourth biennial conference of the Society for Novel Studies, University of Pittsburgh, May 13, 2016. Copyright © 2018 by Tom McCarthy 2018 contemporary novel cartography resistance Despite his...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 386–405.
Published: 01 November 2019
... apart from the privatizing drive that seeks to corporatize all civil society. This ambition to differentiate the novel from the primary ideology of this period has been marked by the emergence of a particular mode of critical rejoinder to the pervasive corporatist mind-set, a mode called limit thinking...
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Novel (2020) 53 (2): 254–273.
Published: 01 August 2020
...John Sampson Abstract “Untimely Love” reassesses the aesthetic choices and political implications of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence (1920), first by highlighting a surprising overlap between Wharton and the anarcho-feminist Emma Goldman. Wharton's novelistic critique of New York society's...
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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 399–418.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Benjamin Lewis Robinson Abstract J. M. Coetzee's Slow Man considers “care” in contemporary liberal-capitalist societies, including the ostensibly frivolous care of and care for literature. In contrast to grander affects and occupations, care often seems to be “just care,” as if it fails to live up...
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Novel (2020) 53 (3): 436–451.
Published: 01 November 2020
... collectivism. With Ballard's work, this is most striking in the novels' depiction of neoliberal societies themselves, and so the essay begins with a treatment of how they are figured. What emerges from this is that Ballard's depiction of potentially new collective forms of life is at once utopian and dystopian...
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Novel (2014) 47 (3): 363–382.
Published: 01 November 2014
... prudence, which would encourage her to act in accordance with her knowledge of his past actions and her own experience of heartbreak. Concurrently, Tom's society (in recognizing him as Allworthy's heir) erases his youthful, transgressive experiences, seeing the actions of gentlemen as purgative and...
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Novel (2014) 47 (3): 443–459.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Scott Selisker This article describes how the novelist David Mitchell employs the “ topos of the cult,” a set of conventions that describe a mental state of unfreedom, in the novels Ghostwritten (1999) and Cloud Atlas (2004). This figuration of an unfree form of society—characterized by a group's...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 82–94.
Published: 01 May 2016
...Mario Ortiz-Robles Thomas Hardy's naturalism offers a view of human affairs based on probable outcomes that makes visible the biopolitical realignments of society at the end of the nineteenth century. In this essay, the figure of the animal in Far from the Madding Crowd (1874) acts as a test case...
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Novel (2017) 50 (2): 176–196.
Published: 01 August 2017
... the genre of the historical novel: it addresses the history of the abstraction of formal relations and the creation of a society preoccupied with such formal abstraction. Thus proceed the first chapters in which Jarvis Lorry is traveling to Paris to retrieve the recently released Bastille prisoner...
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Novel (2016) 49 (3): 486–503.
Published: 01 November 2016
... media culture where a network of people, things, and texts intermingle in commercial society. Working through the epistemology of possessive individualism, sentimental fiction tends to question whether individuals really own their feelings. The form of the novel mirrors this concern to challenge the...
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Novel (2010) 43 (2): 227–250.
Published: 01 August 2010
... describing a conventionally realist totality of social relations among individuals, such texts as Bleak House, Little Dorrit , and Our Mutual Friend imagine the human aggregate more paradoxically as a mass that exceeds any conceivable total. In emplotting the systematic failure of society to accommodate the...
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Novel (2012) 45 (1): 13–18.
Published: 01 May 2012
... understand what factors influence a writer's decision about which characters will carry on complex mind-reading reflections and which will have to settle for simpler ones, we have to look into historically contingent genre conventions and contemporary ideological preoccupations of the society. I conclude by...
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Novel (2011) 44 (3): 382–401.
Published: 01 November 2011
... of the bildungsroman, or novel of aesthetic education, in order to meet the challenges of modernity; at the same time they critique a then-hegemonic version of modernism that argued that the nature of twentieth-century society required writers to make a radical break with conventional literary...
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Novel (2013) 46 (2): 193–213.
Published: 01 August 2013
... society. No longer the subject of the plot and yet bound by the pressures of ambition, the elderly male engages in a narrative compulsion that underlines the tremendous imaginative power of what has been left behind by both the realist novel and the modernity it represents. By doing so, the old man serves...