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Novel (2019) 52 (2): 179–199.
Published: 01 August 2019
... makes the realist novel historical through the representation of motion as vertiginous sensation and as a problematic register of experience. The very uncertainty of the sensation of motion evokes history as a horizon rather than as a causal sequence. The term vection came to be used later...
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Novel (2014) 47 (3): 339–362.
Published: 01 November 2014
... the epistemological uncertainty that each text represents. Crusoe and Hume model how such epistemological uncertainty might be a source of pleasing wonder by exhibiting an attitude of viewing the ordinary as if it were rare, and the illusory as if it were real—and by extension the real as if it were illusory...
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Novel (2009) 42 (3): 417–422.
Published: 01 November 2009
..., and coincidental indeterminacies as part of a fascination with unorthodox causal structures and the breakup of secular time. Today these contingent textual incidents seem to foreshadow a wider set of uncertainties regarding the true scope of historical narrative: the place of the event in cultural analysis...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 240–262.
Published: 01 August 2022
..., solidly grounded in nineteenth-century concerns about work while forecasting the generalized uncertainty in which we currently find ourselves as workers and humans. In the first section, I examine the novel's attention to the particular temporalities of Victorian casual labor; in the second, I locate...
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Novel (2023) 56 (3): 410–429.
Published: 01 November 2023
...Jennifer Gutman Abstract Emerging during a Cold War era of nuclear uncertainty, refined in decades of neoliberal turbulence, and used today for modeling climate futures, scenario thinking has now entered the domain of the Anthropocene novel. This article argues for the adoption of scenarios...
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Novel (2024) 57 (1): 44–66.
Published: 01 May 2024
... of parsing its entangled narrative modes, levels, and discourses. Greene encourages transgeneric reading as a possible resolution to the epistemological uncertainty readers experience at the novel's close due to its troubling of genre expectations, its allusiveness, and, ultimately, its eschewal of narrative...
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Novel (2016) 49 (2): 393–397.
Published: 01 August 2016
...Theodore Martin Serpell C. Namwali , Seven Modes of Uncertainty Cambridge : Harvard UP , 2014 , pp. 408, Hardcover, $49.95 . Copyright © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 C. Namwali Serpell's Seven Modes of Uncertainty is, among other things, a bravura performance. I do...
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Novel (2019) 52 (3): 466–470.
Published: 01 November 2019
.... In the effort to ascertain the outlines of a condition he views as essential to modernity, Voelz allows a massive amount of flattening to occur—so much so that his core terms begin to erode. To insist so, as it were, certainly on one's commitment to an antihistorical model of uncertainty, contradicts...
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Novel (2010) 43 (2): 343–349.
Published: 01 August 2010
... innovation and aesthetic self-consciousness,” these artists opted for techniques of estrangement, epistemological imbalance, and cognitive uncertainty (3). Entin intends his 1930s focus to challenge a “trend” among recent Depression-era cultural historians (he names Alan Brinkley, Terry...
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Novel (2016) 49 (1): 49–64.
Published: 01 May 2016
... territory that to European eyes looked empty. Compounding this doubt about whether novels had a future in the United States was an abiding uncertainty regarding how American land would take shape as property. Would large estates eventually come to dominate the US landscape as they had in Britain and Europe...
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Novel (2012) 45 (2): 202–220.
Published: 01 August 2012
.... The novel, he explains, shows us that “knowledge is (like love) a rather fragile thing, difficult to get and, indeed, rather unstable. An atmo- sphere of epistemological uncertainty bedevils the world of Enduring Love” (177). Malcolm’s observation is right, except that he mischaracterizes...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 218–239.
Published: 01 August 2022
...,” Eliot writes, with none of the satirical edge of the Austen style of narration, “till she felt ill and bewildered, unable to resolve” ( 480 ). For Tennyson, the lotos eaters' indecision about leaving the island, like the “Locksley Hall” speaker's uncertainty over what to do now that his beloved has...
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Novel (2022) 55 (2): 180–199.
Published: 01 August 2022
... necessities; they must be managed and somehow survived—that is, they both produce distressing uncertainty and appalling certainty: “a dread seized her, lest a subject of alarm . . . should occur to her, and which, whether real, or ideal, would, she felt, have an almost equal effect upon her weakened spirits...
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Novel (2019) 52 (1): 136–139.
Published: 01 May 2019
... the epistemological uncertainty generated by this medical theory in his depiction of the plague, which the narrator HF understands to implant itself in people externally through social encounters, without their knowing it and without producing any immediately sensible symptoms. As such, Defoe's Journal models...
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Novel (2014) 47 (3): 403–421.
Published: 01 November 2014
...: The Uses of Uncertainty . 1974 . Ithaca : Cornell UP , 2006 . Donaldson Scott . “The Seduction of Theron Ware.” Nineteenth-Century Fiction 29 . 4 ( 1975 ): 441 – 52 . Eliot T. S. “Tradition and the Individual Talent.” The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism . Ed...
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Novel (2012) 45 (1): 111–115.
Published: 01 May 2012
...- plicated matrix of religious, sexual, and political controversy that would enmesh England until the turn of the eighteenth century and engage the country for years after that. In Allison Conway’s new book, the uncertainty surrounding the status of Protestantism in Restoration England merges...
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Novel (2016) 49 (3): 550–554.
Published: 01 November 2016
.... In chapter 2, perhaps the most compelling, Tindal Kareem takes on what she terms the “epistemological uncertainty” (31) of the early eighteenth century, an uncertainty bolstered and justified by a Puritan theology that figures life as a ship often headed for a wreck. In contrast to a worrying contingency...
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Novel (2022) 55 (3): 406–426.
Published: 01 November 2022
... the world of contingency, gaps, absences, or uncertainty. On the contrary, experience shows that the chance occurrence, the accident, and the unforeseen event are all still present in both the lifeworld of the individual subject and the macro-view of the totality. As the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020...
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Novel (2022) 55 (3): 501–517.
Published: 01 November 2022
... and the politics of the Cold War. Beginning with Richard Chase's 1949 Herman Melville: A Critical Study , a few midcentury critics sought, writes Brian Yothers, to understand Melville as offering “a new vision of liberalism, one more informed by tragedy and uncertainty than earlier, more optimistic varieties...
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Novel (2013) 46 (2): 214–233.
Published: 01 August 2013
....2010.0002> . Steinlight Emily . “Dickens's ‘Supernumeraries’ and the Biopolitical Imagination of Victorian Fiction.” Novel 43 . 2 ( 2010 ): 227 – 50 <doi:10.1215/00295132-2010-002> . Stigler Steven M. The History of Statistics: The Measurement of Uncertainty before...