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“A Curious Sort of Book”: Jack London’s and the Politics of Prison Reform  

Susan I. Gatti

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
A bold, imaginative work, The Star Rover demonstrates Jack London’s inventive approach to the social-protest genre. London mixes in the typical problem-novel ingredients: gritty, realistic ... More

The Adventures Passed by Master George Gascoigne: Experiments in Prose  

Gillian Austen

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Jun 2013
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Aug 2013
This article examines George Gascoigne's prose writing. Gascoigne's modern reputation rests principally upon four works: the prose fiction A Discourse of the Adventures passed by Master ... More

African American Writers and Naturalism  

John Dudley

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article examines the features of African American naturalism. As a literary approach, naturalism attempts to represent and explore the themes, questions, and tensions associated with ... More

Algeria  

Debbie Cox

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Oct 2017
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Aug 2017
This chapter examines the development of the novel in Algeria within the context of the country’s history. Much Algerian literature functions as a means of political expression. The social ... More

All Talk and No Action? Early Modern Political Dialogue  

Cathy Shrank

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Jun 2013
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Aug 2013
This article examines sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century dialogue. It considers why so many writers chose to convey opinions or explore ideas in works laid out as conversations. The ... More

American Literary Naturalism and Film Noir  

Jeff Jaeckle

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
One of the major expressions of American literary naturalism occurred in the cycle of Hollywood films made during the 1940s and 1950s commonly referred to as film noir. These films revisit ... More

American Literary Naturalism and Psychology  

Stephen C. Brennan

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article considers five important naturalistic works, published between 1895 and 1925, that reveal the diversity of psychological themes during naturalism's classical age. These are ... More

American Literary Naturalism and Sexuality  

Linda Kornasky

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article examines the relationship between American literary naturalism and sexuality. By the close of the 1890s, American literary naturalism had established itself decisively as the ... More

American Naturalism and Modern Evolutionary Psychology  

Jeff P. Turpin

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article focuses on how writers seemed to anticipate developments that science would not “discover” for another half-century. Modern studies of sexual selection and reciprocal ... More

The Anti-Jacobin Novel  

M. O. Grenby

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Jul 2016
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Sep 2013
This essay investigates the conservative, loyalist fiction published in Britain during the French Revolution and its aftermath. A substantial number and a wide variety of these novels were ... More

Antipodean American Geography: Washington Irving's “Globular” Narratives  

Paul Giles

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines the works of Washington Irving within the broad framework of global narratives. It analyzes how geographical variables enter into the writings of Irving and how as an ... More

Antislavery Reform  

Sandra Harbert Petrulionis

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Apr 2010
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Sep 2012
Transcendentalism has a very deep history in antislavery activism. As the article goes, Radical abolitionism gained momentum as an organized effort centered in Transcendentalist New ... More

The Arabic Novel and History  

Roger Allen

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Oct 2017
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Aug 2017
This chapter examines the relationship between the Arabic novel and history within the context of the Arabic-speaking world, and in particular the process of producing a literary history ... More

Are “American Novels” Novels? Mardi and the Problem of Boring Books  

Jordan Alexander Stein

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Jan 2012
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Nov 2012
This article examines the American novel and the problem of boring books. It investigates what would happen if the assumption about the existence of novel as a literary genre were treated ... More

Argentina and Hispano-America  

Christina E. Civantos

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Oct 2017
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Aug 2017
This chapter examines the main trends and themes found across the novels of the Hispano-American mahjar (place of exile and immigrant life), with particular emphasis on Argentina. It ... More

Arthur Mervyn; or, Memoirs of the Year 1793  

Michael J. Drexler

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Jun 2019
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Jun 2019
The novel Arthur Mervyn; or, Memoirs of the Year 1793 by Charles Brockden Brown challenges its readers with its multiple plot lines, a dizzying array of characters, and its formal ... More

Astrology, Magic, and Witchcraft  

P. G. Maxwell-Stuart

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Jun 2013
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Aug 2013
The Elizabethans and Jacobeans along with all their European contemporaries lived simultaneously in the physical world and a spiritual realm inhabited by spirits, angels, demons, and the ... More

The Atavistic Nightmare: Memory and Recapitulation in Jack London’s Ghost and Fantasy Stories  

Michael Newton

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Jan 2017
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Jan 2017
This essay argues that Jack London’s fantastic tales hinge on a belief in the theory of recapitulation, and that a common concern with the past-haunted self characterizes these stories. ... More

Australia  

Nijmeh Hajjar

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Oct 2017
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Aug 2017
This chapter examines the development of the Arab Australian novel since its beginnings, surveying works produced in Arabic and English by three generations of Arab Australian authors. It ... More

Authorizing the Novel: Walter Scott’s Historical Fiction  

Ina Ferris

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Jul 2016
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Jan 2014
Walter Scott’s historical novel achieved unprecedented success, and almost single-handedly propelled the novel as a genre into the literary field. A potent synthesis of history, romance, ... More

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