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George Eliot and the production of consumers

George Eliot and the production of consumers Leah Price In 1866, George Henry Lewes wrote that “it is a pity that [Felix Holt] isn’t quite ready for publication just in the thick of the great reform discussion so many good quotable ‘bits’ would be furnished to M.P.s” (Eliot, Letters 8: 374). The absence of George […]

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A Forum on Fiction: authorial agency of narrative, The

authorial agency of narrative, The Herman, David JAMES PHELAN, Narrative as Rhetoric: Technique, Audiences, Ethics, Ideology (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1996), pp. 237 + xiv, cloth, $35.00, paper, $12.95. The chapters of this book originally appeared as separate essays in the years 1990-1996, and center on fictions as diverse as Vanity Fair, The Waves, […]

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The Antinomies of Masculinity in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Hyding the Subject?: The Antinomies of Masculinity in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Cohen, Ed … our body is a only social structure composed of many souls. Nietzsche An Historical Pretext The story of the story begins with a dream. As the narrative of its origins would have it, the idea […]

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Fear of Being Excluded and the Logic of Self-Esteem

Two Negations: Fear of Being Excluded and the Logic of Self-Esteem Sakai, Naoki Another season of the concentration camp seems to be descending upon us.1 Now one is all the more conscious of one’s own vulnerability as a second-class citizen of the United States who could potentially be deprived of a United States’ nationality or […]

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Race, Realism, and Dunbar’s Anomalous First Novel

“We Must Write Like the White Men”: Race, Realism, and Dunbar’s Anomalous First Novel Jarrett, Gene When William Dean Howells, the so-called Dean of American Letters, praised Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Majors and Minors in Harper’s Weekly (“Life and Letters,” June 27, 1896), he standardized the conventions for minstrel realism in American literature. Featuring “Black” dialect, […]

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Utopia and catastrophe in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, The

intuition of the future: Utopia and catastrophe in Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower, The Phillips, Jerry In Modernity and the Holocaust, Zygmunt Bauman argues that one strain in “the historical tendency of modernity” was horribly dramatized at Auschwitz (2). Auschwitz showed what “the rationalizing, designing, controlling dreams and efforts of modern civilization are able […]

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Sexual Politics and the Literary Canon

Janeites: Austen’s Disciples and Devotees/The Postcolonial Jane Austen/Romantic Austen: Sexual Politics and the Literary Canon Gilroy, Amanda New Millennial Austens DEIRDRE LYNCH, ed., Janeites: Austen’s Disciples and Devotees (Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2000), pp. 233 + ix, cloth, $32.00, paper, $19.95. YOU-ME PARK AND RAJEWARI SUNDER RAJAN, eds., The Postcolonial Jane Austen (London: […]

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Regulatory vision and visions in Ulysses

Bloom and the police: Regulatory vision and visions in Ulysses Devlin, Kimberly J A scattering of details throughout Joyce’s fictions documents an historical fact that has received scant critical attention: namely, that at the turn-of-the-century, Dublin and other Irish cities constituted the most heavily policed zones of the United Kingdom (O’Brien 180). The marginally ubiquitous […]

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A tale of two nations, or, disingenuousness in the “city on a hill”

A tale of two nations, or, disingenuousness in the “city on a hill” Samuels, Wilfred D JARED GARDNER, Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature, 1787-1845 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998), pp. 238, cloth, $45.00, paper, $16.95. Scholars and students of American literature are intimately familiar with the story of America. […]

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A Forum on Fiction: Wired Victorians

Wired Victorians Coleman, Dawn Wired Victorians JAY CLAYTON, Charles Dickens in Cyberspace: The Afterlife of the Nineteenth Century in Postmodern Culture (New York: Oxford UP, 2003), pp. 236, $35.00. Despite its title, Charles Dickens in Cyberspace is not about hypertext editions of Bleak House or David Copperfield or about on-line discussions of the Inimitable. Although […]