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. 37, No. 2, Summer

Collins's Moonstone: The Victorian Novel as Sacrifice, Theft, Gift and Debt
In November 1869, Wilkie Collins turned his wit to a request by Dutch magazine publishers for permission to print a translation of his forthcoming novel. The publishers did not propose entering into commercial negotiations with Collins; instead, they...
Conjecturing Possibilities: Reading and Misreading Texts in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Precisely halfway through the novel (almost to the very letter by a computer count of words), Elizabeth Bennet, the central character of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, is the recipient of a letter. She is forced to read it twice. The letter is...
Cosmopolitan Complexities in Maria Edgeworth's Ennui
Recent criticism (1) has noted the importance of cosmopolitanism in the works of the Anglo-Irish writer, Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849). While she is frequently discussed in terms of nationalism and colonialism, (2) Cliona O Gallchoir has declared that...
Language, Violence, and Irrevocability: Speech Acts in "Tess of the D 'Urbervilles."
Like most works of literature, Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles consists of speech acts, or at least contains examples of speech acts such as whatever the characters do by means of words. At the same time, among Hardy's other novels, it might...
"There's More Honor": Reinterpreting Tom and the Evasion in Huckleberry Finn
When Leo Marx, in 1953, published his landmark essay, "Mr. Eliot, Mr. Trilling, and Huckleberry Finn," he could not have anticipated the avalanche of scholarly reactions to his critique that would proliferate during the next fifty years and that would...
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