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. 46, No. 4, Winter

Bradshaw, David, and Rachel Potter, Eds.: Prudes on the Prowl: Fiction and Obscenity in England, 1850 to the Present Day
BRADSHAW, DAVID, and RACHEL POTTER, eds. Prudes on the Prowl: Fiction and Obscenity in England, 1850 to the Present Day. Oxford University Press, 2013. 240 pp. 37.50 [pounds sterling]; $80.00. This cohesive collection of essays provides a sustained...
Buell, Lawrence. the Dream of the Great American Novel
BUELL, LAWRENCE. The Dream of the Great American Novel. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014. 584 pp. $39.95. The Dream of the Great American Novel. It's a big concept--and Lawrence Buell has written a big book. Weighing in at over five...
Canavan, Gerry, and Kim Stanley Robinson, Eds.: Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction
CANAVAN, GERRY, and KIM STANLEY ROBINSON, eds. Green Planets: Ecology and Science Fiction. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2014. xii + 295 pp. $27.95. Green Planets is immediately one of the decade's most significant contributions to...
Confessions of a Mass Public: Reflexive Formations of Subjectivity in Early Nineteenth-Century British Fiction
The title page of Thomas Little's Confessions of an Oxonian (1826) features this epigraph from Byron: "The world will wonder at two things; that I should have had so much to confess; and that I should have confessed so much." The notion of excess evoked...
Frick, John W.: Uncle Toni's Cabin on the American Stage and Screen
FRICK, JOHN W. Uncle Toni's Cabin on the American Stage and Screen. New York: Palgrave/MacMillan, 2012. 308 pp. $100.00. Unlike Sarah Meer's Uncle Tom Mania: Slavery, Minstrelsy, and Transatlantic Culture in the 1850s (2006), John W. Frick's recent...
Irr, Caren. toward the Geopolitical Novel: U.S. Fiction in the Twenty-First Century
IRR, CAREN. Toward the Geopolitical Novel: U.S. Fiction in the Twenty-First Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. 264 pp. $90.00; $30.00. Over the last few decades, the term "geopolitical" has gained increased currency as a growing...
Ledoux, Ellen Malenas. Social Reform in Gothic Writing: Fantastic Forms of Change, 1764-1834
LEDOUX, ELLEN MALENAS. Social Reform in Gothic Writing: Fantastic Forms of Change, 1764-1834. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 238 pp. $90.00. The Gothic has long taken a backseat to realism in studies of genre. Ellen Malenas Ledoux's Social...
"Looking South": Envisioning the European South in North and South
Stricken with the flu and acutely disappointed by the negative reviews and controversies swirling around Ruth, Elizabeth Gaskell in 1852 wrote wistfully to a friend of a fanciful "long sail along the Mediterranean, slowly and lazily floating" away...
Making the Modern Fan: Readerships and Aesthetics in Austen Studies
RAFF, SARAH. Jane Austen's Erotic Advice. Oxford & New York: Oxford UP, 2014. RAW, LAURENCE, and ROBERT G. DRYDEN, eds. Global Jane Austen: Pleasure, Passion and Possessiveness in the Jane Austen Community. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013....
Nash, Katherine Saunders. Feminist Narrative Ethics
NASH, KATHERINE SAUNDERS. Feminist Narrative Ethics. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2014. 178 pp. $59.95 cloth; $14.95 CD. Readers often feel that reading has made them better people and the recent ethical turn in literary criticism has...
Never Great, Only Popular: Mary Elizabeth Braddon's the Doctor's Wife and the Literary Marketplace
From the time of its initial publication, Mary Elizabeth Braddon's 1864 novel The Doctor's Wife (1) has most frequently been read in relation to Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary (1856), the plot of which Braddon borrowed for her first serious foray...
The Danger of Rereading: Disastrous Endings in Paul Auster's the Brooklyn Follies and Jhumpa Lahiri's Unaccustomed Earth
The ethical and aesthetic challenges of narrating recent, real world catastrophes have been taken up by a number of major literary figures today, including Don DeLillo, Haruki Murakami, Jonathan Safran Foer, Art Spiegelman, and Dave Eggers. Disaster...
The Monumental Failure of Howards End
E. M. Forster opens his 1910 novel Howards End with letters, remarking "One may as well begin with Helen's letters to her sister" (5). The initial resignation to the epistolary form (which persists for only two relatively short letters) quickly foregrounds...
Vanden Bossche, Chris R.: Reform Acts: Chartism, Social Agency, and the Victorian Novel 1832-1867
VANDEN BOSSCHE, CHRIS R. Reform Acts: Chartism, Social Agency, and the Victorian Novel 1832-1867. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. 264 pp. $49.95. Scholars tend to characterize Chartism--the working-class movement that sought universal...
Walking Alone Together: Family Monsters in the Haunting of Hill House
Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there walked alone. --Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House...
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