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Novel (2020) 53 (1): 76–95.
Published: 01 May 2020
... them are not clear. The works of fiction that I will examine define this aspect of fiction's agency by turning to drama as a precursor and specifically to the tragedies of Ancient Greece. Tragedy was first performed at festivals that gathered together the polis, and dramatic form has offered...
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Novel (2013) 46 (2): 234–252.
Published: 01 August 2013
...Kate Marshall This essay makes the case for a reconsideration of Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy within the history of the modernist novel and its medial legacies by attending to the complex relationship enacted throughout the text between material forms and structures of interiority...
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Novel (2021) 54 (1): 104–119.
Published: 01 May 2021
...Jack Dudley Abstract Ecological catastrophe has challenged the contemporary novel to find forms that convey the scale and affective conditions of life amid looming planetary devastation. While sincere tragedy has been the dominant mode and tone of the novel's approach, recent scholarship has...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 1–17.
Published: 01 May 2015
...Anna Kornbluh There could scarcely be a novel more searingly critical of social contradictions than Thomas Hardy's last, and arguably the last Victorian one, Jude the Obscure . Between its Pauline epigraph (“the letter killeth”) and its unforgettable tragedy (“done because we are too menny”), Jude...
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Novel (2015) 48 (3): 400–420.
Published: 01 November 2015
... at the historical moment when the phrase losing face was entering common usage in English, The Monster confronts the invention and spread of this figure (and others) in novelistic terms, as a post-Reconstruction small-town tragedy. Ultimately, the processes by which phrases are made and come to preside...
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Novel (1999) 33 (1): 138–140.
Published: 01 May 1999
...ERIK DUSSERE CAROLE ANNE TAYLOR, The Tragedy and Comedy of Resistance: Reading Modernity Through Black Women’s Fiction (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000), pp. 288, $39.95. Copyright © Novel Corp. 1999 1999 Intercultural Transmission CAROLE...
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Novel (2004) 37 (1-2): 5–23.
Published: 01 August 2004
... characters and attributes of tragedy, comedy, and heroic drama. I want to stress that while co- medic rakes, tragic tyrants, and the super-heroes of heroic drama are all discrete character types, they are remarkably similar in their portrayal of a "heroic" mas- culinity: they are all "Pretenders" who...
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Novel (2012) 45 (1): 152–157.
Published: 01 May 2012
... tragedy. The examples above notwithstanding, Macpherson’s perspective is a profoundly feminist one, the title of Harm’s Way both a conscious tribute and a correction to Andrea Dworkin’s In Harm’s Way. Losing the preposition opens a wider range of moral possibili- ties for harm (and blame) than...
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Novel (2014) 47 (2): 196–209.
Published: 01 August 2014
... the square angles of French gardens and French tragedies. But there is more to this than the matter of straight or curved lines. The problem concerns the kind of thread that can be drawn by words assem- bled in the form of a fiction. More precisely, it is about the possibility of combin- ing two powers...
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Novel (2017) 50 (1): 146–149.
Published: 01 May 2017
... Tragedy , and Edward P. Jones's The Known World . What unites these texts is what Weinstein disarmingly calls their “wobbly” hold on temporal sequence, which “usually takes the form of a character marking out units of time in the face of experiences that make that impossible” (4, 6). Weinstein's patient...
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Novel (2016) 49 (2): 385–392.
Published: 01 August 2016
... absurd or paradoxical as it may seem. Aristotle had opined that there could not be a tragedy without action or a plot (that is, a praxis ) but that one without character was possible ( Poetics 4, 1450a24). His word for character is êthos (in the plural, êthê ), which does not mean “character...
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Novel (2016) 49 (2): 398–402.
Published: 01 August 2016
..., and Théodule-Armand Ribot, as well as lesser influences such as Alexander Bain or George Henry Lewes. Then, with a dialogic attention to the structural dimensions of Hardy's literary texts—narratorial and poetic perspective, character, and key modes of irony, elegy, and tragedy—she demonstrates exactly how he...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 467–473.
Published: 01 November 2009
... uncomprehending before the very object that we read- ers understand contains him. His ignorance before the magical book is mildly comical, but the comedy is close to tragedy. The final pages of Achebe’s first novel, Things Fall Apart, contain perhaps the most famous literary example of an uncomprehending...
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Novel (2015) 48 (1): 123–125.
Published: 01 May 2015
... Letter as exhibit A for this way to greatness.) A second is the up-from story, the rise of some socially representative figure whose individual history reveals “the promises and pitfalls of the American dream” ( An American Tragedy , The Great Gatsby , Native Son , Invisible Man ). A third road...
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Novel (2013) 46 (3): 496–500.
Published: 01 November 2013
... admits the impossibility of adequately representing tragedy, while at the same time it advises us to internalize “the pain of others” and to “internalize it on our own terms” (74). A similar debate about representation, truthfulness, and ethical responsibility emerged with regard to Spiegelman’s...
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Novel (2009) 42 (1): 40–61.
Published: 01 May 2009
... the lessons that Lily’s demise offers. This understanding of the tragedy of Lily’s fall distills longstanding Enlightenment notions of the human, knowledge produc- tion, and their relation to the forces of capital: the human stands apart from the material forces of the market; reason operates...
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Novel (2018) 51 (1): 121–126.
Published: 01 May 2018
... prescribed the genre appropriate to each character according to social class, race, or gender (in Aristotle's words, epic and tragedy for “characters of a higher type”; comedy for “characters of a lower type”). It would have been impossible, according to such conventional rules of decorum, for a lowly...
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Novel (2009) 42 (2): 278–283.
Published: 01 August 2009
... Eugenides’s parodic use of the conventions of Greek tragedy in the novel, usually suggesting its connection to the Greekness of the novel’s protagonist and as a strategy for humor and irony. But while this cultural reference might add, so to speak, “ethnicity” to the narrative, this is itself parodic...
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Novel (2017) 50 (2): 217–235.
Published: 01 August 2017
...-class, criminal, or otherwise abject persons were exiled from a city, and perhaps sacrificed, in order to ensure the good of the populace ( Bremmer 300–302 ). Frye has described the character as typical of ironic tragedy and ironic comedy. In ironic tragedy, the pharmakos is an isolated tragic hero...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 443–450.
Published: 01 November 2009
... within into the world of events” (36). Thus the history of the novel is strewn with those broken by the genre’s own impossible desire, victims of the form’s inevitable unworking: from Crusoe to Walter Shandy, from Edward Casaubon to Thomas Sutpen, the novel seems so often to stage the tragedy...