Studies in the Novel

An international literary quarterly that publishes literary criticism and scholarship on the novel. Includes essays on well-known and lesser-known novelists of all periods and countries. Contents include essays, reviews of recent books on novels and novel

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 3, Fall

Forged in Crisis: Queer Beginnings of Modern Masculinity in a Canonical French Novel
Si les curs chosissaient leurs favoris parmi les plus beaux jeunots, tous ceux-ci ne vent pas destines a rester femmes. Ils s'eveillent a la virilite et les hommes leur font une place a cote d'eux. --Jean Genet Miracle de la rose Although Benjamin...
Introduction: Queerer Than Fiction
In the last paragraphs of Freud's essay on the paranoid Dr. Schreber, there is discussion of what Freud considers a "striking similarity" between Schreber's persecutory delusion and Freud's own theory. Freud was indeed later to generalize, famously,...
Prophylactics and Brains: 'Beloved' in the Cybernetic Age of AIDS
One: The Dead We lean along their edges in the act of contemplation, for they reside, with strange intermittence, behind our eyes, in the boat of the brain. We wonder how they breathe, how air reaches them at the length of such an intimate remove....
Pursuing Perfection: 'Dombey and Son,' Female Homoerotic Desire, and the Sentimental Heroine
If Dombey and Son is a novel about men improperly perceiving women, not correctly employing them to do their assigned work in the ordering of home and commerce, it is also and equally a novel about how women perceive each other. Even as the novel's...
"Sinister Fruitiness": 'Neuromancer,' Internet Sexuality and the Turing Test
"Yeah. I saw your profile, Case.... You ever work with the dead?"(1) The immediate subject of this essay is a set of anxious, confusing, and at times threatening questions posed by computer-mediated communication technology, popularly known as "cyberspace"...
Strange Brothers
I first read Willa Cather when I was in high school. I can no longer remember which novel we were assigned--it must have been O Pioneers! or My Antonia--but I can still recall what it felt like to be reading Cather then. Once I had read the assigned...
Strange Gourmet: Taste, Waste, Proust
I. Dining with Proust Sa haine des snobs decoulait de son snobisme, mais faisait croire aux naifs, c'est-a-dire a tout le monde, qu'il en etait exempt. Proust, Le Cote'de Guermantes Of all the gay male writers in the Western literary...
Tearing the Goat's Flesh: Homosexuality, Abjection and the Production of a Late Twentieth-Century Black Masculinity
Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk. Exodus 23:19 Chivo que rompe tambor con su pellejo paga. Abakua proverb. Diana Fuss has argued in a recent discussion of contemporary gay and lesbian theory that the figure of what we might...
The Female World of Exorcism and Displacement (or, Relations between Women in Henry James's Nineteenth Century 'The Portrait of a Lady')
To exclude the words "love" and "ritual" in a reappropriation of Carroll Smith-Rosenberg's 1975 title(1) is to deroutinize an assumption about the goodness and kindness, the near utopic empathy, fixed as definitional to female same-sex affiliation...
The Importance of Being Bored: The Dividends of Ennui in 'The Picture of Dorian Gray.'(Special Number: Queerer Than Fiction)
My story is much too sad to be told Almost everything leaves me totally cold. --Cole Porter Believe it or not, there is still a secret left to be told about The Picture of Dorian Gray, a secret no less open, only less sensational than the...
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