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Novel (1 May 2010) 43 (1): 83–92.
Published: 01 May 2010
...Dianne F. Sadoff Recent visual-culture scholars have sought to overturn the notion that a film adaptation should be “faithful” to its literary source. Yet fidelity aesthetics is a capacious concept that may not be theorized apart from cultural uses, historical situations, film production and...
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Novel (1 November 2017) 50 (3): 397–408.
Published: 01 November 2017
... not yet properly begun. The fundamentally dialectical project of critique—what Marx called the “ruthless criticism of everything existing” and what he practiced as its correlative utopian striving for what does not exist—has not yet taken foot in literary method. To explore what that project might...
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Novel (1 November 2010) 43 (3): 483–499.
Published: 01 November 2010
...Peter D. McDonald When J. Hilllis Miller first coined the phrase “the ethics of reading” in the mid-1980s, it constituted a decisive intervention in the overheated debates about the merits of deconstruction, inaugurating the so-called ethical turn within Anglo-American literary studies. Yet it also...
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Novel (1 August 2011) 44 (2): 268–291.
Published: 01 August 2011
... plural modernisms and yet retaining modernism as the field's key identifier. It suggests that there is an ethical oversight in doing so while repudiating the critical and aesthetic models that made the current field configuration possible. Contemporary modernist studies owe a debt to the newly minted...
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Novel (1 August 2013) 46 (2): 193–213.
Published: 01 August 2013
... society. No longer the subject of the plot and yet bound by the pressures of ambition, the elderly male engages in a narrative compulsion that underlines the tremendous imaginative power of what has been left behind by both the realist novel and the modernity it represents. By doing so, the old man serves...
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Novel (1 November 2012) 45 (3): 409–432.
Published: 01 November 2012
...Nidesh Lawtoo In the wake of Chinua Achebe's critique of Conrad as a “thoroughgoing racist,” much has been said about race in Heart of Darkness ; and yet, so far, the anthropological meaning of the rituals Conrad describes has tended to remain unexplored. “A Picture of Europe” reopens the race...
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Novel (1 May 2019) 52 (1): 64–83.
Published: 01 May 2019
... between text and audience that characterizes a mass reading public. Yet in Eliot this turn toward an expansive, inclusive form of address is also linked to an increasingly rarefied style. The essay concludes by examining how the aesthetically rarefied Henry James and the populist best seller Marie Corelli...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 361–365.
Published: 01 November 2009
... people has been far more controversial, and rightly so. Because to the degree that they have been perceived to be in or of another time, black people have also been excluded from dominant constructions of Western modernity, such as those of Hegel and Jefferson. Yet the idea that African Americans inhabit...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 183–189.
Published: 01 August 2009
... instead: how does the novel produce its effects? An answer to this question requires close attention to form because that is where the novelty of the novel lies. I look primarily at two novels: Le Devoir de violence (Mali) and The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born (Ghana), both published in 1968. © 2009...
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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 2010) 43 (1): 72–77.
Published: 01 May 2010
... results in an “intrinsically contradictory” form shaped by both “dynamism and limits.” Yet theories of the novel have traditionally ignored the implications of its history of serial publication. We tend to see the form of the Victorian novel as a coherent whole that begins with the hero as a child and...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 311–317.
Published: 01 August 2009
...David Cunningham For Georg Lukács in his Theory of the Novel , if the abstraction inherent in the act of theorization itself is demanded in some way by the novel form, it is because in “the created reality” of the latter “totality can be systematized only in abstract terms.” Yet equally the novel...
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Novel (1 November 2009) 42 (3): 497–503.
Published: 01 November 2009
... dialogic, suggesting yet another stage in the management of same-sex intimacies and their representations. In arguing for sapphic form as an underpinning of the novel's domestic subject, I hope to suggest that form does function as novelistic content and that the history of sexuality—in the novel and in...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 332–336.
Published: 01 August 2009
...Marianne DeKoven The term history gathers to itself, and disperses, as troubled and complex a nexus of theory, ideology and practice as any term in our critical vocabulary. Yet I argue here that this term is as inevitable and necessary as it is problematic, especially in discussions of the novel...
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Novel (1 August 2009) 42 (2): 343–348.
Published: 01 August 2009
..., historically inside the field of civil society yet ideologically outside it, assumes a relentless antagonism to its norms. The division of narratives maps the conceptual antagonism between civil society, a collective composed of individuals and a formal system of regulated differences, and fanaticism, the...
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Novel (1 August 2014) 47 (2): 224–241.
Published: 01 August 2014
... such unnecessary lives as those that populate naturalist fiction. Hardy's characters exceed any assigned social position, yet the surplus that shapes their stories is not just demographic; it is a surplus of words and meanings, a deliberate crowding of figural space that compromises the narrator's...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 108–131.
Published: 01 May 2014
... Peace Prize, The German Mujahid , I argue, reproduces this new iteration of Islamist totalitarianism in novel form, triangulating memory of the 1994 civil war in Algeria and memory of the Holocaust along with contemporary representations of radical Islam in Europe. Yet for a novel so concerned with...
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Novel (1 August 2014) 47 (2): 284–300.
Published: 01 August 2014
...Davide Panagia Jacques Rancière's political writings have enjoyed increased reception and engagement in the Anglo-American world. Yet few readers have paused to ask themselves what reading practices his works presume and evoke and if there is a politics to his stylistics. The conventional approach...
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Novel (1 May 2014) 47 (1): 149–166.
Published: 01 May 2014
... both to legitimize “the People” of democracy and to manage the inherent instability in that category, and dominant theoretical models for explaining literature's democratic potential have also relied on and naturalized those mechanisms. Yet Krik? Krak! indexes the many exclusions smuggled in through...
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Novel (1 May 2015) 48 (1): 1–17.
Published: 01 May 2015
... bears out in its plot an indictment of law's inherent abjections and an interrogation of the value of life that seem to precociously articulate the consensus of today's hegemonic biopolitical theory: that human institutions tend inexorably to subjugate humanity itself. Yet the form of the novel develops...