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A Forum on Fiction: From “spy-glass” to “horizon”: Tracking the anthropological gaze in Zora Neale Hurston

From “spy-glass” to “horizon”: Tracking the anthropological gaze in Zora Neale Hurston Karen Jacobs The “spy-glass of Anthropology,” Zora Neale Hurston’s telling metaphor for her anthropological training under Franz Boas during her Barnard years, is perhaps the most quoted and least interrogated image in a body of work remarkable for its rich figuration. Used in […]

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Music and dogs in Coetzee’s Disgrace

Age of bronze, state of grace: Music and dogs in Coetzee’s Disgrace Attridge, Derek “The age of iron. After which comes the age of bronze. How long, how long before the softer ages return in their cycle, the age of clay, the age of earth?” (Age of Iron 50). Mrs. Curren, writing to her daughter […]

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Nation, race, and postmodern gestures in Ishmael Reed’s Flight to Canada

Nation, race, and postmodern gestures in Ishmael Reed’s Flight to Canada Levecq, Christine In his 1976 novel Flight to Canada, Ishmael Reed uses the history of slavery in the United States, as well as the genre of the slave narrative, in order to work out his vision of race and American national identity in an […]

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At home in England, or projecting liberal citizenship in Moll Flanders

At home in England, or projecting liberal citizenship in Moll Flanders Yahav-Brown, Amit In 1957, Ian Watt suggested in The Rise of the Novel that Protestantism and capitalism are the informing logics behind novelistic representations of society. Defoe’s novels, inaugurating the new genre in Watt’s account, represent communities that privilege individual pursuit of economic possession […]

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A Forum on Fiction: Women’s novels and women’s minds: An unsentimental view of nineteenth-century American’s women’s fiction

Women’s novels and women’s minds: An unsentimental view of nineteenth-century American’s women’s fiction Baym, Nina In the 1970s, when feminist scholars started searching for published writing by early U.S. women, we expected to find almost nothing. Most of us also supposed that what we found would be almost exclusively fiction and that this fiction would […]

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Masculinity and Racial Otherness in Haruki Murakami’s Writings about China

Return to What One Imagines to Be There: Masculinity and Racial Otherness in Haruki Murakami’s Writings about China Lo, Kwai-Cheung Recent studies of masculinity have shifted slightly in their focus from representations of men of Western cultures and literatures to those of non-Western ones.1 But since hegemonic (i.e. Western) definitions of masculinity continue to dominate […]

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Authors, It-Narratives, and Objectification in the Eighteenth Century, The

Knowing Book: Authors, It-Narratives, and Objectification in the Eighteenth Century, The Lupton, Christina I The technology of recent decades has produced a multitude of objects that quite literally respond to touch: fabrics, walls, and everyday devices with embedded sensors now contain what have been called formulaic versions of human thought. In contact with these surfaces, […]

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A Forum on Fiction: Anthologized Novel, The

Anthologized Novel, The Reitz, Caroline The Anthologized Novel LEAH PRICE, The Anthology and the Rise of the Novel: From Richardson to George Eliot (New York: Cambridge UP, 2000), pp. 224, cloth, $55.00, paper, $23.99. Trying to save money on books during graduate school, I bought a used edition of Clarissa instead of the one ordered […]

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A Forum on Fiction: Dissing Identity

Dissing Identity Davidson, Michael Dissing Identity LENNARD DAVIS, Bending Over Backwards: Disability, Dismodernism, and Other Difficult Positions (New York: New York University Press, 2002), pp. 224, cloth, $60.00, paper, $20.00. The title of this book, Bending Over Backwards, refers to the phrase used in recent court decisions to describe extreme measures to which employers have […]

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A Forum on Fiction: American racial discourse, 1900-1930: Schuyler’s black no more

American racial discourse, 1900-1930: Schuyler’s black no more Jane Kuenz When George Schuyler’s Black No More appeared early in 1931, it entered a culture primed for its reception by more than three decades of apprehensive and contradictory public fulmination, posing as and often passing for reasoned debate, on the subject of racial essences and their […]