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Novel (2021) 54 (3): 425–443.
Published: 01 November 2021
.... By giving his moment's iniquity these spatial and temporal dimensions, Melville anticipates more recent accounts of globalization by world-systems theorists. As Immanuel Wallerstein has argued, the global order in which Melville lived and that we continue to inhabit emerged in the sixteenth-century Atlantic...
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Novel (2014) 47 (3): 443–459.
Published: 01 November 2014
... novelists employ the conventions in characters who understand the world as a simple, single totality. For both writers, the cult serves to draw a contrast with the novels' own self-consciously complex cognitive maps of the contemporary world system. The Cult and the World System: The Topoi...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 406–424.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Angela S. Allan Abstract This article reads Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park (1990) and Chang-rae Lee's On Such a Full Sea (2014) as works of speculative fiction that engage with the scientific concept of “the system” that emerged during the latter half of the twentieth century. It tracks...
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Novel (2020) 53 (2): 235–253.
Published: 01 August 2020
... the literary system, in which any work of literature is enfolded—the functionally differentiated system that comprises writers, readers, genres, styles, the critical apparatus, and the publishing apparatus. As Firs stages the death of a small Maine community, it models its own death as a generic instance...
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Novel (2001) 34 (2): 202–215.
Published: 01 August 2001
... of Novel-Writing.” The British Novelists . Vol 1 . London: Rivington, 1810 . Belcher , William . Intellectual electricity, novum organum of vision, and grand mystic secret …: being an experimental and practical system of the passions, metaphysics and religion, really genuine: accompanied...
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Novel (2017) 50 (2): 197–216.
Published: 01 August 2017
...Edward Morgan Day Frank Working at the intersection of literary sociology and affect theory, this essay considers the rise of interest as an organizing principle in the American school system at the turn of the twentieth century, alongside the fixation on disgust in the period's literature...
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Novel (2020) 53 (2): 213–234.
Published: 01 August 2020
... of siblings: the Victorian family chronicle. Family chronicles understand their large families as systems; they celebrate the replaceability of relationships rather than the irreplaceability of individuals. By insisting that a flourishing group can function in the absence of any particular person...
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Novel (2011) 44 (1): 47–66.
Published: 01 May 2011
... is abandoned in favor of an unreliable and culturally partial system, which promotes ideology masking as truth. Bleak House thus forces its readership either to reject the knowledge-based system the narrative has so painstakingly established or to reject its final discursive production. By tracing...
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Novel (2022) 55 (1): 19–37.
Published: 01 May 2022
... of anti‐Blackness, including police brutality, disproportionate Black incarceration, and systemic inequalities, but also because, as Jemima Pierre argues, Africa is often perceived as “ the site of racial otherness,” making engagements with racialization in Africa appear redundant. This paper considers...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 180–199.
Published: 01 August 2022
..., keeping a veil over the governing logic that conditions the whole process. If we treat crises as unpredictable and singular events rather than effects of identifiable systems, we avoid reckoning with capitalism's normalization of continual disruption and reorganization, what Marx called its “constant...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 93–99.
Published: 01 May 2010
... in high-tech reconnaissance and targeting systems, it does so in order to put those systems themselves in the viewfinder, exposing their glitches, their contingencies, and their susceptibility to boosterism. Through its subplot involving the Zone Hereros, Gravity's Rainbow spotlights the colonial violence...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 116–123.
Published: 01 May 2010
..., dwelling on each image—the more we have had to say. Canonization, the vector of less, and close reading, the vector of more, are thus the paradoxical countermovements of the modern literary system. Ideology has also served that system well, sharing with close reading the logic of the physical: to grow...
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Novel (2017) 50 (3): 321–328.
Published: 01 November 2017
... critical methods imagine the relation between the lived experience of subjects and the larger systems they inhabit, which is of central interest to the genre of the novel as well. This essay aims to explore the relation between psychology and ideological or systems analysis in the history of criticism...
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Novel (2016) 49 (3): 409–428.
Published: 01 November 2016
... that refuse totalizing immersion and that require characters to take responsibility for interacting with manifestly imaginary beings. Each of these realities comprises what I identify as multiple world systems, or narratively constructed semiotic domains such as those of cults or coteries, whose borders...
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Novel (2016) 49 (3): 504–518.
Published: 01 November 2016
... qualities of the media system, in what sense do paper books remain active components of this system and in what sense do they appear within it as old media, spoken for by the electronically mediated texts that represent them? Or have novels become comments on this in-between state of being no longer quite...
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Novel (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 (2021) 54 (1): 65–84.
Published: 01 May 2021
... and remedy is an allegory of common law justice for victims of sexual violence: it tends to treat their complaints as malevolent prosecutions, directing legal scrutiny toward the victims of sexual violence rather than toward its perpetrators. Richardson's political critique of the legal system engenders...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 218–239.
Published: 01 August 2022
..., idiosyncratic preferences rather than following socially sanctioned value systems. While Emma represents preferential choice and illustrates its connection to consumer capitalism, unlike neoclassical economists, the novel ultimately exhibits skepticism toward this modern model of decision-making...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 305–323.
Published: 01 August 2022
...Michael McGurk Abstract How can an economic model designed to eliminate waste produce nothing but? The answer, according to Samuel Beckett's Watt , can be found in the system of economic relations presupposed by the Anglo-Irish Big House novels that emerged after the 1800 Acts of Union...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 360–379.
Published: 01 August 2022
... McCarthy's Remainder , and Ian McEwan's The Cockroach . In these novels, money is linked with communication as a system that produces value within itself without referring to an external origin ( Gods ), is affiliated with financial and other forms of speculation as a force of social projection ( Remainder...