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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 45–62.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Matthew Sussman For many readers, “stupidity” in Henry James signifies mental slowness, poor taste, or even moral delinquency. However, James also conceived of stupidity as a positive virtue because it promises to deliver the individual from the “ordeal of consciousness” associated with...
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Novel (1 August 2015) 48 (2): 322.
Published: 01 August 2015
... Copyright © 2015 by Duke University Press 2015 Erratum for Matthew Sussman, “Henry James and Stupidity,” Novel 48, no. 1 (2015): 45–62 . On page 59 of the print version of this article, the last two sentences of the last full paragraph should read: While, as Brewis suggests...
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Novel (1 November 2012) 45 (3): 475–478.
Published: 01 November 2012
... stupidity that everywhere reside in human beings, what can one do but throw one’s hands up in despair and walk away? Matz’s point is that, whatever else satirical realism may seek to accomplish, it offers no solutions, no solace. It is diagnostic without being in the least bit corrective. And, again...
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Novel (1 May 2009) 42 (1): 40–61.
Published: 01 May 2009
.... The binary poles of intelligence/stupidity are principal measurements in the text’s ethical perspectives, and it is saturated with references to these poles. Lily appeals to Selden for his friendship in terms of its intellectual promise, which contrasts with the dulling norms of heterosexual...
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Novel (1 August 2011) 44 (2): 317–319.
Published: 01 August 2011
... sentence describing Nabokov’s thought that ends with “simply stupid.” In the same sentence, this phrase: “vamping performances of judgment” (10). You just know from this point on that Nabokov is going to haunt The Program Era. Is McGurl fair in his devaluation of O’Connor’s fiction? He gives us a...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 60–64.
Published: 01 May 2010
... puts him in a position a little like that of Goldilocks. If a character is too stupid, if he or she is one of the “gross,” “headlong,” or “fatal” fools who live on in every story, the book will have its events, its “doings,” but it will have little else. If, however, the character is “too...
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Novel (1 November 2018) 51 (3): 482–501.
Published: 01 November 2018
... Albertine, Charlus and Saint-Loup are decomposable into a multitude of frankly stupid entities like the genie responsible for a haughty, aristocratic carriage or the genie associated with getting one's hair cut , how can we salvage our sense of them as unique and unpredictable entities? This essay...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 140–143.
Published: 01 May 2015
... of collaboration, where both sets of writers are joined by their railing against “middlebrow stupidity” (52) and where black literature in the context of majority-white writing can be seen as itself modernist insofar as it “conforms to the models of scarcity and autonomy prevalent in modernist...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 326–331.
Published: 01 August 2009
... recognized name and fame, that makes the endur- ing prosperity of a nation, but it lies in the amount of worth that is unrecognized, that remains dumb and unconscious of itself, not clever, but with a certain honest stupidity that understands nothing but doing its best and doing its work without...
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Novel (1 November 2008) 41 (2-3): 264–278.
Published: 01 November 2008
... abruptly irz a voice so level he stopped, simply looking at her.. . . -And it's why you've done nothing,. .. She put down the glass, -to see them all go up like that smoke in the furnace all the stupid, ignorant, blown up in the clouds and there's nobody there, there's no rapture no...
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Novel (1 August 2014) 47 (2): 196–209.
Published: 01 August 2014
... rebellious children to the lighthouse. In The Waves truth is incorporated in the walk and the attitudes of Percival, the silent and stupid object of adoration of the six characters. But that stupid truth will vainly look for its right expression on the arc stretched between the ‘‘rings of smoke’’ of...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 538–545.
Published: 01 November 2009
... Simmel, such “neglect” is a way of making the abstraction called social structure into an object of understanding. Stupidity and indifference in Eliot, a slack-jawed zoning out that reminds us of the ironies of plot and the unknowable character of the modern social scene, become for Simmel the site...
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Novel (1 August 2004) 37 (1-2): 112–134.
Published: 01 August 2004
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 375–387.
Published: 01 November 2017
.... After all, I had lived through the arguments and the exclusions, the accusations and the indictments. But still, coming face-to-face with Novel 's elisions cut me to the core. I felt—feel—stupid, and complicit in the absolute erasure of the discourse I so prize. I did not know Novel in the seventies...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 452–464.
Published: 01 November 2017
... are tempted to laugh out loud at her splendid recall of details, capacity to balance different perspectives, and awareness of social subtlety in this cultivated, upper-class world. From a strictly realist perspective, Facebook posts with their mélange of stupid pet tricks, headline news, others...
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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 31–55.
Published: 01 May 2012
..., lethargy, aristocratic hauteur, official indifference, favour, routine, perverseness, and stupidity reign, revel, and riot in the Camp before Sebastopol, in the harbor of Balaklava, in the hospitals of Scutari, and how much nearer home we do not venture to say” (Leader). The paper’s attack on the...
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Novel (1 May 2019) 52 (1): 84–106.
Published: 01 May 2019
... contours” (144). Their national difference extends to personality and mind. M. Paul itemizes the Englishwomen's pedantic, skeptical, proud character and “pretentious virtue,” and Lucy believes that the Labassecouriennes are lazy, stupid, insincere, and vain (378, 90–92). When national origin permanently...
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Novel (1 November 2001) 34 (3): 391–410.
Published: 01 November 2001
..., in a surprising turn of events, back to himself. In The Sacred Fount, sex has visible effects in the world, so that, as the narrator puts it, "a great pressure of soul to soul" (26) can make people grow no- ticeably older or younger, become uncharacteristically "clever" or "stupid" (23). What...
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Novel (1 November 2015) 48 (3): 363–380.
Published: 01 November 2015
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Novel (1 August 2001) 34 (2): 267–292.
Published: 01 August 2001
... book on the so-called "Irish bull," as a verbal blunder, sup- posedly characteristic of the Irish, that proved their stupidity. Swift's book, he promised, would put this calumny against his nation into reverse: the English had themselves invented the bull; if it conveyed anyone's stupidity, it...