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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 (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
... of political psychology. Insofar as it is reparative, moreover, it retains a therapeutic quality, which is to say it addresses the immediate needs of the subject and its practices rather than the system itself. We see other versions of this form of redress, as for example in Felski's call for forms of reading...
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Novel (2016) 49 (3): 409–428.
Published: 01 November 2016
... form in the novel through his attentive and tentative traversal of what he has recognized as a contingent world system for which he can now take responsibility. He “reads” this fictional world with new purpose: to seek out places of potential overlap in the different world systems he and the woman...
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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 (2012) 45 (1): 23–26.
Published: 01 May 2012
... of world literary space rather than a protocitizen of world community. Instead of focusing on molding better citizens through reading, this piece calls for an ethics of global reading that reconsiders and expands the number of cultural systems and traditions from which the possibilities for belonging might...
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Novel (2017) 50 (3): 338–350.
Published: 01 November 2017
.... . Trans. Shirley Samuel . Indianapolis : Hackett , 2002 . Copyright © 2017 by Duke University Press 2017 global novel world-systems theory surface reading distant reading Franco Moretti Louis Althusser Of all Franco Moretti's masterworks of literary history and theory, why...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 124–131.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Bill Solomon This essay adopts Susan Stewart's notion of distressed genres as a way to interrogate the seemingly nostalgic strain of American modernist fiction produced in the early decades of the twentieth century. The first section reads Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio alongside Walter...
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Novel (2010) 43 (1): 169–175.
Published: 01 May 2010
...William B. Warner It seems quite likely that the emergence of the public post in the late seventeenth century had as profound an effect upon the media culture of the eighteenth century as the emergence of the networked computer has had in our own day. The post is a public system, through which you...
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Novel (2012) 45 (2): 221–237.
Published: 01 August 2012
... with the political work that literature can do. The importance of post-9/11 literature, however, depends on its ability to rewrite itself in the coordinate system of geopolitical affairs. This essay reads Don DeLillo's Falling Man and Ian McEwan's Saturday as symptomatic of the ambivalent literary reaction...
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Novel (2013) 46 (1): 50–72.
Published: 01 May 2013
...Joseph Drury The performative dimension of Fielding's fiction has often frustrated the attempts of critics to read the machinery of his plot through the lens of rationalist Enlightenment philosophy. Rather than a deity or benevolent magistrate, Fielding's narrator has seemed more like a trickster...
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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 (2018) 51 (3): 399–416.
Published: 01 November 2018
... network through fictionalized scenes of reading. The novel assigns the English text a privileged position in fostering global connections and renders its cultural other unrepresentable in order to maintain a coherent representational system over a heterolingual world. Mitchell's imagination of a textually...
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Novel (2021) 54 (1): 158–161.
Published: 01 May 2021
... does not engage enough with the Enlightenment concept of system itself to do justice to system's successes and failures (that is, likewise, to do justice to all of Franta's incisive readings). For one, even the most ardent Enlightenment systematizers, like Adam Smith, understood system as a kind...
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Novel (2013) 46 (3): 478–482.
Published: 01 November 2013
... provided by Wolfgang Schivelbusch in his 1977 The Railway Journey, Grossman argues that the stagecoach, the steam locomotive, and the cross-channel ferry constituted one continuous transport innovation that transformed psychological and social experience. Individuals within this system began...
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Novel (2009) 42 (1): 161–162.
Published: 01 May 2009
...Lisa Gitelman RICHARD MENKE, Telegraphic Realism: Victorian Fiction and Other Information Systems (Stanford: Stanford UP, 2008), pp. 321, cloth, $60.00. © 2009 by Novel, Inc. 2009 Novel Media richard menke, Telegraphic Realism: Victorian Fiction...
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Novel (2001) 34 (2): 202–215.
Published: 01 August 2001
... than writing, reading, and print; in the electronic and digital age, we continue to "blame the System" even as we admit new systems of all kinds-operating systems, support systems, ecosystems, telephone systems-into our lives. "System professional" is now one of the largest occupational...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 150–155.
Published: 01 May 2017
...” ( Antinomies 5, 215 ). A truly dialectical study of realism and space in the world system has yet to be written. Goodlad's book helpfully opens the question of how to practice a fully conscious dialectical reading of nineteenth-century literary form in light of the globalization that century inaugurated...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 63–84.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Anna Gibson This essay demonstrates how Charles Dickens used the form of serial fiction to experiment with a uniquely Victorian idea of life as a dynamic network of interactions. Reading Our Mutual Friend alongside nineteenth-century physiological and evolutionary writing, I show how Dickens shaped...
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Novel (2017) 50 (2): 157–175.
Published: 01 August 2017
... for the reproduction and intensification of old systems of subjectification and uneven distribution? It is perhaps overly optimistic to suppose that a “reading” of any single novel (or film, or painting, or even a well-chosen selection of such objects) can bear the full weight of this historical analysis. Indeed...