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Novel (1 November 2016) 49 (3): 409–428.
Published: 01 November 2016
... work in Murakami's fiction, I suggest that we might draw from theories of reader response figured in scholarship on “surface reading” and also on the idea of “twofoldness” in aesthetic apprehension theorized by Richard Wollheim. In Murakami's writing, imaginary world systems make ethical demands that...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 338–350.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Nancy Armstrong; Warren Montag Armstrong and Montag offer a suspicious reading of the posttheoretical attempt to confine literature to the “surface” of the singular text. They suggest that there's a reason why this effort to redefine the way we read literature coincides with a number of major...
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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 3–5.
Published: 01 May 2012
... still understanding the political risks and gains of such acknowledgment. This is also an argument about how we read surfaces: the surfaces of texts, bodies, and objects. © 2012 by Novel, Inc. 2012 Duke University Press Works Cited Jay Martin . Downcast Eyes: The Denigration of Vision...
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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 19–22.
Published: 01 May 2012
... discussions of reading: What can reading do? Work on us, emotionally! Produce a response! Join with our personal knowledge and past experience to activate regions of the brain! Teach us to be attentive to the depths and—as Anne Anlin Cheng reminds us—to all kinds of surfaces! Quite notably, affect...
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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 133–135.
Published: 01 May 2012
... Post-Colonial Moment . Durham : Duke UP , 1993 . Poovey Mary . Genres of the Credit Economy: Mediating Value in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Britain . Chicago : U of Chicago P , 2008 . Reading for the Words garrett stewart, Novel Violence: A...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 441–451.
Published: 01 November 2017
... Sharon Marcus's concept of surface reading has roots in her study Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England , with a primary focus on the novel. As these two examples suggest and many others confirm, feminist and queer theorists are also insistently engaged by this question...
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Novel (1 November 2010) 43 (3): 483–499.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Peter D. McDonald When J. Hilllis Miller first coined the phrase “the ethics of reading” in the mid-1980s, it constituted a decisive intervention in the overheated debates about the merits of deconstruction, inaugurating the so-called ethical turn within Anglo-American literary studies. Yet it also...
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Novel (1 August 2000) 33 (2): 196–211.
Published: 01 August 2000
... in the Victorian Novel . New York: St. Martin’s, 1989 . Williams , Raymond . Marxism and Literature . New York: Oxford UP, 1977 . Wood , Mrs. Henry . East Lynne . London: Everyman, 1994 . A Victim in Search ofa Torturer: Reading Masochism in Wilkie Collins's No Name...
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Novel (1 May 2016) 49 (1): 95–114.
Published: 01 May 2016
... understanding of the new “book of the world” than the “referential” function that stands as the traditional center of novel theory. The article concludes with a close reading of Adalbert Stifter's novel Indian Summer (1857) in order to demonstrate what an approach to a canonical text that is informed by our...
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Novel (1 May 2005) 39 (1): 25–47.
Published: 01 May 2005
... of Mary Ann Evans: George Eliot, Her Letters and Fiction . Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1994 . Brooks , Peter . Reading for the Plot: Design and Intention in Narrative . 1984. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1992 . Carroll , David , ed. George Eliot: The Critical Heritage . 1971. London...
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Novel (1 November 2016) 49 (3): 486–503.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Kyoko Takanashi Taking Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey as a case study, this article explores how mid-eighteenth-century novels of sensibility theorized mediation—and by extension, the very act of reading. Sentimental fiction draws attention to the instability of individual feeling in a...
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Novel (1 November 2016) 49 (3): 467–485.
Published: 01 November 2016
... attentive to the nonpsychological and nonrealistic surface of style in James. At the same time, however, I suggest that The Ambassadors may use minimal tactics to invite and reflect on both ways of reading. The question of the location of meaning is currently a vexed one in literary studies, with...
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Novel (1 August 2012) 45 (2): 165–183.
Published: 01 August 2012
...Theodore Martin What does it mean to read like a detective? While critics have long seen the detective novel as a model for hermeneutic suspicion (the familiar spatial binaries of surface/depth, concealed/revealed), this essay proposes that there is something more timely at work in detective work...
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Novel (1 May 2019) 52 (1): 64–83.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Alicia Williams Abstract Whence the “dear reader”—and to where? This essay proposes that George Eliot's reformulation of nineteenth-century conventions for addressing reading audiences documents a response to the emergence of Britain's first mass reading public. Eliot inherits a propensity for...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 426–435.
Published: 01 November 2017
...John Plotz This piece asks what relation the turn toward a new era of patrimonial capitalism—traced in Thomas Piketty's recent work—bears to the modern rise of fantasy worlds and speculative fiction. The problem of justifying distinction in a world that presumes common humanity beneath surface...
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Novel (1 August 2010) 43 (2): 207–226.
Published: 01 August 2010
...Michael Davidson This essay investigates the idea of biofuturity within modernism, focusing specifically on the figure of male maternity in Djuna Barnes's Nightwood . Although the figure of the pregnant male occurs in ancient and classical literature, it surfaces significantly in modernist works...
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Novel (1 August 2013) 46 (2): 253–274.
Published: 01 August 2013
... existence. That these moments may be read as obvious signs of delusion or unresolved grief tells us little about the power such images had in the early twentieth century or about how metaphors at a particular historical moment might be read, shaped, disrupted, and made real. A Latourian approach, instead...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 116–123.
Published: 01 May 2010
... of the modern literary system. Ideology, whatever the politics of the hands that grip it, is another tool that has served that system well, sharing with close reading origin, purpose, and function. The term first surfaced in Britain in the late 1790s—precisely when Wordsworth began to look...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 321–328.
Published: 01 November 2017
...: Gender, Community, and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics . New York : Routledge , 1992 . Berlant Lauren . Cruel Optimism . Durham : Duke UP , 2011 . Best Stephen , and Marcus Sharon . “ Surface Reading: An Introduction .” Representations (Berkeley, Calif.) 108 . 1...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 231–238.
Published: 01 August 2009
... perhaps “the unknown world.” Yet if Édouard Glissant is right, this shortcut bred of convenience and contempt aptly names the world-historical significance of the leftovers called “world literature.” This essay reads Glissant's Poetics of Relation as a theory not of Caribbean literature but of world...