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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 338–350.
Published: 01 November 2017
...? 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 is it the loosely assembled collection of occasional pieces titled Distant...
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Novel (1 November 2014) 47 (3): 443–459.
Published: 01 November 2014
... , 2001 . Moretti Franco . “World-Systems Analysis, Evolutionary Theory, Weltliteratur.” Palumbo-Liu Robbins Tanoukhi 67 – 77 . Murakami Haruki . 1Q84 . Trans. Rubin Jay Gabriel Philip . New York : Vintage , 2011 . ———. Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack...
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Novel (1 November 2016) 49 (3): 409–428.
Published: 01 November 2016
... 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 with...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 366–372.
Published: 01 November 2009
... think of late European humanism (and its associated modernist discourses of psyche and myth) as crucially formed by the colonial world system. In that case we can also reread modernism in a properly global frame, turning Lukács against Lukács, by taking the modernist novel of consciousness not as a...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 148–150.
Published: 01 May 2015
... knows how or why the particles become coordinated, but it is nevertheless quite distinct from such uses of “entanglement” that would include, for example, two lovers becoming entangled with one another or the World Bank becoming entangled in the global economic system. Citing Patrick O'Donnell, Coale...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 1–10.
Published: 01 May 2010
... for The Protestant Ethic; a slap in the face of realism, as Auerbach saw so clearly in Mimesis. What is adventure doing in the modern world? Margaret Cohen, from whom I have learned a lot on moretti | history, theory 9 this, sees it as a trope...
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Novel (1 August 2011) 44 (2): 165–185.
Published: 01 August 2011
... take realism too much for granted, take as transparent narrative of the real world what was for Defoe and his first readers still opaque, wonderfully visible, a billow- ing of smoke shot through with light. Could it be that Defoe intended his readers to smirk at Crusoe’s scientific lan- guage...
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Novel (1 November 2012) 45 (3): 343–367.
Published: 01 November 2012
... groups, create new social ties, and foment political change but, these theorists maintain, have fostered a new interest in figuring out exactly how such networks function. According to Duncan J. Watts, who helped launch modern network theory with a 1998 essay on the “small world” problem, “the...
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Novel (1 August 2018) 51 (2): 362–373.
Published: 01 August 2018
..., as with many aspects of communism, it lacks a human dimension that reveals the theory to be flimsy if not counterproductive to egalitarian aims. In the world of this novel, which is not uncritical of the Soviet project, bare theory is one ostensibly minor but key failure in a narrative that lovingly...
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Novel (1 August 2015) 48 (2): 167–189.
Published: 01 August 2015
... counterrevolutionaries about matters of revolutionary theory and practice. By shifting attention away from the bildungsroman's traditional focus on an individual protagonist, these long discursive passages emphasize the collective effort involved in building a postrevolutionary social world. The revolutionary's “inside...
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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 93–99.
Published: 01 May 2010
... York: Macmillan, 1950 . Chow , Rey . The Age of the World Target: Self-Referentiality in War, Theory, and Comparative Work . Durham: Duke UP, 2006 . Daudet , Léon . La Guerre Totale . Paris: Nouvelle Librairie Nationale, 1918 . Grayling , A. C. Among the Dead Cities...
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Novel (1 May 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...
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Novel (1 November 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 (1 August 2012) 45 (2): 221–237.
Published: 01 August 2012
..., the importance of post-9/11 literature depends on its ability to rewrite itself in the coordinate system of geopolitical affairs. In fact, many of the novels produced after 9/11 explicitly set themselves this very task: to come to terms with the place of literature in a world whose systemic...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 388–396.
Published: 01 November 2017
... alternatives, the nation state as bulwark of a social-democratic consensus—one that might sustain the will of a people against the inhuman imperatives of capital. Instead the world, meaning the earth itself as at once material object and dynamic system, has loomed into view as the sublime horizon of historical...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 231–238.
Published: 01 August 2009
... perhaps “the unknown world.” Yet if Édouard Glissant is right, this shortcut bred of convenience and contempt aptly names the world-historical significance of the leftovers called “world literature.” This essay reads Glissant's Poetics of Relation as a theory not of Caribbean literature but of world...
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Novel (1 May 2016) 49 (1): 95–114.
Published: 01 May 2016
... descriptive systems or theories; they searched instead for expressions of divine will. This search became especially urgent once an increasing number of codices written in many different languages and originating at different times and places began to circulate in the Western world. With multiplying...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 43–56.
Published: 01 May 2014
...Ban Wang During his tenure in the Lu Xun Academy in Yan'an, the center of the Chinese Revolution, the novelist Zhou Libo ran a seminar on world literature. While teaching masterpieces of European novelists, Zhou developed a theory of the novel that inherited themes of liberal humanism and...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 11–23.
Published: 01 May 2014
... procedure, because of its distance from the real world. It is, in that case, ‘‘curiouser and curiouser’’ that in the midst of its absurd set pieces we would find something as mundane as a caucus race. After Alice nearly drowns in her own tears, she washes up on shore in the midst of a small group of...
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Novel (1 August 2019) 52 (2): 200–218.
Published: 01 August 2019
... Goethe's time” (Bakhtin 44). Importantly, it is not the quantity of knowledge bound up in Wilhelm Meister that marks its importance for Bakhtin but rather the theory of knowledge it is founded on, since a “new, complemented world always stands behind the world of the novel. Each part of it transmits...