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. 48, No. 2, Summer

Diaspora, Social Protest, and the Unreliable Narrator: Challenging Hierarchies of Race and Class in John Fante's Ask the Dust
Although the work of John Fante remains relatively understudied, with only a few articles published to date about Fante's novel Ask the Dust (1939), (1) the conversation about his fiction has shifted and developed in important respects. Notably, this...
From Digressions to Intrusions: Authorial Commentary in the Novel
"Be it known, then, that the human species are divided into two sorts of people, to wit, high people and low people." (146) --Henry Fielding, Joseph Andrews (1742) "And so we need not trouble ourselves any more either about the insertions or about the...
Impersonal Style and the Form of Experience in W. G. Sebald's the Rings of Saturn
The prose fiction of W. G. Sebald exhibits a curious flatness. The source of this defining quality is what the narrator of The Emigrants calls the "wrongful trespass" of empathetic or emotional identification with the victims of historical calamity...
Mediation, Authority, and Critical Reading in the Warden
In The New Zealander, the book-length critique of Victorian England that Anthony Trollope wrote in the mid-1850s, Trollope bemoans the fact that the newspaper press, especially the Times, has so much influence on society. But, to his mind, the readers...
Telling Run Away: Novel Testimony in Toni Cade Bambara's Those Bones Are Not My Child
Toni Cade Bambara's final novel, Those Bones Are Not My Child (1999), chronicles three terrifying years, between 1979 and 1981, when dozens of black children were abducted and murdered in the city of Atlanta, Georgia. Bambara tells this history, which...
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