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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 410–416.
Published: 01 November 2009
... in which “process” or movement in time is not goal oriented, where the goal is immanent to the process and where the notion of closure is irrelevant rather than subverted or unattainable. I propose to call such plots “narratives of survival” because they tend to foreground the continuous, in principle...
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Novel (2018) 51 (2): 210–225.
Published: 01 August 2018
... choices in radically minimal and/or highly codified settings. I focus here on the most prevalent cultural form in the microeconomic mode, the survival game, as manifested in Gillian Flynn's bestselling novel Gone Girl (2013). By examining the novel's use of the survival game as a response...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 431–436.
Published: 01 November 2009
...Christopher Herbert The key principle of Victorian cultural anthropology, the doctrine of obsolescent “survivals,” had as its Gothic counterpart the implication that atavistic residues of early human stages could persist in modernity and might at any moment unexpectedly resurface. One crystallizing...
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Novel (2021) 54 (1): 104–119.
Published: 01 May 2021
... endurance of unchangeable existential conditions. She instead repurposes the tragicomic for the ecological and political needs of the contemporary to produce “survival laughter,” an attitude that recognizes the tragic conditions of catastrophe but simultaneously uses comedy to protect the psyche from...
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Novel (2022) 55 (1): 38–60.
Published: 01 May 2022
... that allows the white majority to give its silent approval of racism. Arguably, 1000 Coils of Fear is not just about the terror of everyday Black life but also about Black life's endurance: the narrator's ability to survive despite the ever‐present terror of white supremacy, her ability to create new life...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 140–147.
Published: 01 May 2010
..., in which a citizen of the past emerges living into the present, or someone survives his or her “native” historical era to become a kind of temporal exile in the present. The gothic has been characterized as the eruption of the past into the present and the past in these narratives is indeed “undead...
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Novel (2018) 51 (3): 482–501.
Published: 01 November 2018
... homunculi constitute a quantitative, probabilistic, and nonsychronous form of change, creating new adaptive niches while permitting the partial survival of prior forms of life. Copyright © 2018 by Novel, Inc. 2018 Proust In Search of Lost Time genies biopolitics francophone novel We...
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Novel (2020) 53 (2): 193–212.
Published: 01 August 2020
..., or other, even though their worlds are quite rich. But Dickens's minor characters define the ingenuity of counterintuition, pointing toward a suppressed energy that belies the flatness of a minor character. Drawn with care, these characters build alternative, codependent ways of surviving on the edges...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 115–138.
Published: 01 May 2016
... in Jack London's socialist fiction: a general strike that would withdraw our maintenance of the world in favor of more plural and livable affiliations; a nonapocalyptic end to the world that might offer a means of surviving the Anthropocene. Works Cited Æ [ Russell George W. ]. “ An Impression...
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Novel (2022) 55 (3): 388–405.
Published: 01 November 2022
... realist novel is particularly interesting in this respect, since it took the question of ongoing material survival especially seriously and used endings to mark a shift from narratable, unstable plotted action to stable routines that extend predictably into the future. In these plots of precarity, happy...
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Novel (2023) 56 (1): 146–150.
Published: 01 May 2023
... and the Nuclear Complex (2020). Hurley's book ends with a discussion of feminist science and technology studies, citing the theories of entanglement that insist on relationality, permeability, connection, and assemblage. To survive in the postapocalyptic world, which Hurley reminds us is our own, we must...
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Novel (2015) 48 (2): 308–312.
Published: 01 August 2015
... chronophobia and chronophilia stand in for the “double bind” that makes the attachment to life contingent on a fear of death—that is, on a passing of time. What the ontological lack elides, Hägglund argues, is the “ repression of the constitutive investment in survival that derives from the necessity...
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Novel (2020) 53 (1): 119–123.
Published: 01 May 2020
... The Microeconomic Mode: Political Subjectivity in Contemporary Popular Aesthetics analyzes what happens when these microeconomic ideas about scarcity, survival, and isolated choice make their way into popular culture and everyday common sense. Elliott's book begins by noting the rise of what she terms...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 97–111.
Published: 01 May 2017
... of Henry Vincent Yorke (1905–73). While Green's fiction is concerned with the “everyday mishaps of ordinary life” ( Breit 29 ), his prose is so highly idiosyncratic that he has been viewed not merely as a “writer's writer” but as a “writer's-writer's writer” ( Green, Surviving 235 ). His plots...
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Novel (2014) 47 (1): 167–185.
Published: 01 May 2014
... geography of capitalist modernity, social reproduction was perhaps even less so. For black creoles—New World Africans who did survive and have children in the colony—social relations were constructed and sustained in the shadow of a plantocratic regime of ‘‘social death’’ imposed upon slaves—a regime...
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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 284–303.
Published: 01 August 2019
... and circumstances are concerned. As she struggles to confess her belief in something, anything, she tells herself, “ your life depends on this! ” (221). In “At the Gate,” Coetzee has written a situation in which belief becomes the condition of survival and has forced it upon a character who insists that her way...
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Novel (2002) 35 (2-3): 299–311.
Published: 01 November 2002
... they divide, they struggle, one against one, group against group, for survival, position, power. They remember old hates and generate new ones, they create chaos and ntirture it. They kill and kill and kill.. . . [Ulntil one of them becomes a leader most will follow, or a tyrant most fear...
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Novel (2012) 45 (3): 327–342.
Published: 01 November 2012
... subject” between two deaths—the death of the social symbolic order and the death of the socially mandated subject. See The Ethics of Psychoanalysis. Jacques Derrida turns to Paul Celan’s poetry to elucidate a distinction between complete witnesses, who did not survive...
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Novel (2023) 56 (2): 163–185.
Published: 01 August 2023
... of study around Ye's two foundational axioms; “First: Survival is the primary need of civilization. Second: Civilization continuously grows and expands, but the total matter in the universe remains constant” ( 13 ). While matter remains a finite resource, “life grows exponentially,” meaning that planetary...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 148–153.
Published: 01 May 2016
... on the other. For Lundblad, jungle discourse supports two central propositions. The first is that human beings, because of their animal nature, are inherently violent and engaged in a struggle to survive. The second is that human beings are naturally driven toward heterosexual reproduction. It is a very...