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Novel (1 May 2011) 44 (1): 6–7.
Published: 01 May 2011
... Materialism and Culture: Selected Essays . London : Verso , 1980 . 40 – 42 . “This Will Kill That”: A Provocation on the Novel in Media History JONATHAN ARAC Thinking of the novel as an imaginative organ of, first, Western culture and now a world literature, I turn to...
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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 6–9.
Published: 01 May 2012
...William Flesch Most philosophical accounts of the puzzle of emotional engagement with characters we know to be fictional treat our emotion as static. This essay argues that it's part of the way humans interact with each other as a social species that a highly dynamic form of noncausal willing and...
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Novel (1 May 2012) 45 (1): 13–18.
Published: 01 May 2012
... understand what factors influence a writer's decision about which characters will carry on complex mind-reading reflections and which will have to settle for simpler ones, we have to look into historically contingent genre conventions and contemporary ideological preoccupations of the society. I conclude by...
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Novel (1 November 2010) 43 (3): 401–423.
Published: 01 November 2010
... willingness to continue living, or simply on the strength of his will as such, which dwindles as he sees his beautiful cousin Isabel Archer, on whom he has bet much of his father’s fortune, marry the wrong man. Ralph is sacrificed to Isabel’s need to realize, poi- gnantly and too late, her error in...
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Novel (1 November 2018) 51 (3): 417–437.
Published: 01 November 2018
... fear,” and its development within networks of global capital, all indexes of the ultimate failure of the nation to move beyond its segregated past. In this essay, I will focus on representations of Johannesburg's mutancy, a concept that foregrounds its temporal movements rather than its spatial...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 223–230.
Published: 01 August 2009
... the notion of black kinlessness. In this narrative, a black Harvard undergraduate convinces his white classmate to undergo an operation that will temporarily make him a “Negro.” Once he undergoes the operation, however, the student discovers he has entered “the fourth dimension of color,” a new domain...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 278–283.
Published: 01 August 2009
... “ancient Greek notion,” the old-world notion of “fate,” is akin to the racial determinism of the nineteenth century. The new genomic biology allows for excessive narrative and free will. Any analysis of the implications of Eugenides's narrative strategies should be as multifaceted and nuanced as the...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 490–496.
Published: 01 November 2009
... once detached and erotically passive suggests a more unsettling route to critical insight precisely through the abandonment of will. © 2009 by Novel, Inc. 2009 Works Cited Anderson , Amanda . The Powers of Distance: Cosmopolitanism and the Cultivation of Detachment . Princeton...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 116–123.
Published: 01 May 2010
..., Nancy Armstrong's hypothesis will be put to the test: the novel, she has argued, “was not made to reproduce the status quo.” © 2010 by Novel, Inc. 2010 Do Novels Think Electric Thoughts? Clifford Siskin Nancy Armstrong and I began our professional careers together exactly three...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 538–545.
Published: 01 November 2009
... contest between literature and science, their fates bearing the mark of Middlemarch 's concern to maintain the specificity of the novelistic even in its proximity to the sociological. With this in mind, we will see how the realist novel's project of self-differentiation—its claims to offer forms of...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 355–359.
Published: 01 August 2009
... reduplication. But just as the characters' hope that England's isolation will protect them from the plague is dashed, so the ideal of “man's mind alone” becomes, in the form of Lionel Verney adrift in his ship, once again an “inconsiderable speck” on a “shoreless ocean.” © 2009 by Novel, Inc. 2009 Works...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 184–188.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Michael Wood This essay is a study of a mischievous but powerful theory of fiction elaborated in different ways by Fielding and Cervantes. It rests on a suspicion of history that is also a longing for history. Fiction, these writers suggest, tells truths history cannot tell—because it is willing to...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 24–42.
Published: 01 May 2014
... breeding ground for the new form of sovereignty he called “the will of the majority” or “public opinion.” This popular rule worked against the very form of self-sovereignty coveted by European liberalism and cultivated by the English novel to transform such individuals into an irresistibly powerful...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 90–107.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Meltem Gürle Be it the top-down secularism of the Kemalist reforms or the authoritarian conservatism of the present Islamist government, the political will in Turkey has persistently ignored the individual, the most valuable component of democratic modernity. The Turkish bildungsroman voices the...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 132–148.
Published: 01 May 2014
... kernel of the engagement of literature with the political lies in the exhaustion of the nation as a site of the constitution of a popular will. In the case of Arguedas, whose work is deeply marked by the long colonial experience of the Andean people, repeated frustrations with modern notions of...
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Novel (1 May 2016) 49 (1): 26–48.
Published: 01 May 2016
... land west of the Mississippi River. Fraught with the tensions of territorial expansion, the “empty empire” of the prairie is an exemplary site of land speculation at the heart of American frontierism. The Prairie wrestles with what it means to capture this new land by introducing a figure that will...
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Novel (1 August 2017) 50 (2): 255–277.
Published: 01 August 2017
... traditionally been construed in terms of his granular representations of individual persons and the lavish interiorization—indeed, veneration—of what he calls “centers of consciousness,” a phenomenology of a character who will have nothing do with its narrative enhances our understanding not only of Isabel...
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Novel (1 May 2011) 44 (1): 1–2.
Published: 01 May 2011
... Institute (FHI) and Novel. That forum was the first in what we envision to be an ongoing partnership through which we will sponsor a series of public debates and conversations engaging the most pressing issues in the study of the novel. The event also gave us the chance to mark and celebrate a...
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Novel (1 November 2013) 46 (3): 457–459.
Published: 01 November 2013
..., whereby physical objects in the “external” world and our relations to them are constitutive of self. In these accounts, extant social frames, available choices, mate- rial circumstances, the actions of others, and pleasures and punishments converge to shape the will and to guide our actions. It is...
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Novel (1 May 2011) 44 (1): 23–26.
Published: 01 May 2011
... will always be, no matter how certain we are about the abstract rules that guide our lives. On the one hand, then, novels live on by giving a push to other artworks. On the other, they survive because they are in themselves incomplete, a set of suggestive vectors and plausible outcomes rather...