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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2015; 703363–397 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2015.70.3.363
Published: 01 December 2015
...Melissa J. Ganz Melissa J. Ganz, “Carrying On Like a Madman: Insanity and Responsibility in Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ” (pp. 363–397) This essay reads Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) alongside medico-legal debates about the nature and scope of...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2019; 734486–521 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2019.73.4.486
Published: 01 March 2019
... unpredictability, a fundamental freedom and singularity, of human ethical relationships and responses. For Pater, this uncertainty and freedom are the qualities that make an ethics genuinely ethical. Pater finds these qualities, and this kind of genuine ethics, epitomized in the unpredictability and freedom of...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2019; 742224–250 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2019.74.2.224
Published: 01 September 2019
... and inspiration for responses to climate change. © 2019 by The Regents of the University of California 2019 Henry David Thoreau William Wordsworth Walden Pond genius literary landscape Walden Pond as Thoreau s Landscape of Genius S C O T T H E S S Henry David Thoreau tends to be seen as...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2019; 734522–550 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2019.73.4.522
Published: 01 March 2019
... Hazard of New Fortunes (1889), Howells’s literary response to both the bomb and the trial, the beleaguered author would attempt to unstitch this legal contiguity by appraising characters for their susceptibility to radical speech. Yet, by linking the degree of this complicity to ethnicity rather than...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2018; 733353–378 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2018.73.3.353
Published: 01 December 2018
... the broader public they served. In each, the concept of placebo emerges as a useful organizing metaphor for this tension. In the wake of cases like Frederic’s, many physicians began advocating for a broader use of “suggestive therapeutics” in response to the challenge that Christian Science presented...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2018; 732161–186 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2018.73.2.161
Published: 01 September 2018
... Blavatsky. This essay argues that Blavatsky’s occult writings set the stage for the kinds of speculations on crypto-conversion, conscience, and responsibility that subsequently engaged Derrida. Like Blavatsky, Derrida saw conversion not as change but as retaining whatever it displaces in the form of a...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2017; 722135–160 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2017.72.2.135
Published: 01 September 2017
... sometimes does generate violence, discord, and inequality alongside mutually beneficial relationships. Exploring readers’ uncertain responses to the novel alongside the novel’s representation of sympathy as revolting, I suggest that the novel’s framing “Introduction” reveals an aesthetics of sympathy in...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2020; 744547–550 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2020.74.4.547
Published: 31 March 2020
... defined a break with subject-centered Western thought; and Adrienne Rich, often considered responsible for claim- ing the term for a feminist poetics celebrating intuition and weak ego boundaries. Eisner s sensitive reading of the gender currents and politics of this history uncovers surprising affinities...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2020; 744558–561 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2020.74.4.558
Published: 31 March 2020
... will elicit a variety of responses from readers depending on intel- lectual interests, political positions, and personal belief. Whether the reader shares Rossetti s religious foundations or not, all will walk away from this book with a greater appreciation for the poet s deep invest- ments in...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2020; 744539–543 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2020.74.4.539
Published: 31 March 2020
... account, the various meanings and functions of skin can be seen as responses to the fundamental political and intellectual crisis of the Enlightenment, a conflict of French materialism, German idealism and Scottish common sense (p. 27) that comes to a head in the form of the Terror but that continues to...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2020; 744543–547 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2020.74.4.543
Published: 31 March 2020
... slightness in transpacific cultural encounters. We have trumpeted consequentiality, she says, elaborating a range of methods to track encounters, including reception theory, reader response theory, and new materialism, when in fact we need a more robust platform within sociologies of transnational...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2020; 744502–534 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2020.74.4.502
Published: 31 March 2020
... capitalism through her romantic unions. Atherton s Californiana heroines, however, are not static figures; they change in response to cultural and political shifts that occur at the turn of the century. While Atherton begins by employing the figure of the Californiana to imagine women s evolution in...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2020; 744473–501 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2020.74.4.473
Published: 31 March 2020
... account for what might seem to be incoher- ence in his work. In this essay, however, I challenge Plotz s assertion that in response to Darwinian imperatives, Jefferies offers carefully taxonomic accounts . . . that always aim to reveal deeper natural laws in line with a Darwinian evolutionary matrix...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2020; 744415–447 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2020.74.4.415
Published: 31 March 2020
... of transgres- sion, as the private area of reproduction, feminine power and female genitalia is exposed. 38 Making women the sole agents responsible for the outcome of their offspring was another way that men gained control over the processes of pregnancy and birth.39 Paul-Gabriel Bouce´ labels the...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2018; 73130–67 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2018.73.1.30
Published: 01 June 2018
... intergenerational liability. But it also fosters an alternative, mediating form of responsibility, which I call vicarious liability: a substitutive, imaginative liability both prompted and reinforced by the novel’s competing narrative perspectives and shifting or ambiguous focalization, as well as its embedded...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2018; 73168–93 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2018.73.1.68
Published: 01 June 2018
... river landscapes that frame Jewish characters conjure the extrasensory, they have a material correlative in the paintings of J.M.W. Turner. In my reading, these vivid scenes comprise a response to the vexed status of the nation that issues from philosophical empiricism. The nation is too large a body to...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2018; 724515–538 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2018.72.4.515
Published: 01 March 2018
..., without reference to one’s emotional state. His use of the phrase, particularly in “The Altar of the Dead” (1895) and “Maud-Evelyn” (1900), thus offers ways of thinking through responses to death apart from grief. One is that the black dress can obscure, rather than advertise, the wearer’s feelings...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2019; 743403–406 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2019.74.3.403
Published: 01 December 2019
... establish a self or a character, but to set up a response to that character. This particular fiction of address acknowledges and codifies the distance and sub- sequent mediation at the heart of writing and reading poetry. At the heart of the valedictory lies not only the immanent disappearance of the...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2019; 743400–403 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2019.74.3.400
Published: 01 December 2019
.... Paul follows Fen- wick to Ireland and then Barbados, where she and her actress daugh- ter set up a school for young ladies. In her most compelling chapter, Paul explains that Fenwick s response to slavery can be understood as a complex negotiation between moral outrage and economic neces- sity. Paul...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2019; 743406–409 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2019.74.3.406
Published: 01 December 2019
... and editors and their readers. From Chartist poets publishing songs meant to be chanted at rallies to Ellen Johnston, who answered published responses from readers in the periodicals that printed her poetry, vastly different models of public engagement were operating at the time. Other work might now...