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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2008; 633321–345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2008.63.3.321
Published: 01 December 2008
... inseparable from the structural ““unity of effect,”” and the tale may react or respond to the cultural context in a certain way. In Poe's ““The Tell-Tale Heart”” we can see a characteristic interaction among a structurally unified dramatic irony, an implicit moral, and the historical ““insanity defense...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2019; 743332–359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2019.74.3.332
Published: 01 December 2019
... Henry David Thoreau’s more famous manifesto of passive resistance, “Resistance to Civil Government” (1849). Thoreau witnessed Very’s passive but disruptive behavior on more than one occasion in Concord, Massachusetts, well before his own unique dramatization of nonconformity in the mid 1840s. Comparing...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2017; 714485–515 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2017.71.4.485
Published: 01 March 2017
... counterfactual speculations about themselves and others. The optative shapes Trollope’s novels in two ways: first, as the main determinant of character psychology and behavior; and second, as a structural principle that governs his handling of the multiplot novel. Through an analysis of The Small House at...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2016; 71164–88 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2016.71.1.64
Published: 01 June 2016
... structures that allow the reader to assess the impacts of childhood experience upon adult identity.3 The processes of physiological develop- ment exhibited by many invertebrates, however, are highly dis- continuous and rapid. Moreover, invertebrate development frequently reverses the trajectory from lower to...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2014; 693366–393 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2014.69.3.366
Published: 01 December 2014
... facilitate the arrangement of multiple and differentiated character-spaces . . . into a unified narrative structure (The One vs. the Many, p. 14). Generalizing fromWoloch s emphasis on the antagonistic aspects of this process, we can say that oppositions within a novel s character-system solicit interest...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2012; 673312–336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2012.67.3.312
Published: 01 December 2012
... new juridical arrangement, [and] to regulate juridical relationships within a new community12 Constituent power thus represents the potential for transformation from below and the possibility of an epistemological reconfiguration of the nation a dramatic restructuring of democratic governance. Yet...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2012; 673366–396 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2012.67.3.366
Published: 01 December 2012
... the heritability of underlying human character, Twain obscures the inherited natures of his changelings in order to dramatize the explanatory appeal of the illusion of race. And while a unified "nurture" during childhood was critical for the longitudinal comparison of Galton’s twin study, Twain...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2004; 592212–248 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2004.59.2.212
Published: 01 September 2004
... aspiring realists vacillate between genuine sympathy and merciless satire. Sometimes Gissing seems to identify with those who subscribe to a platform of late-Victorian realism; at other times he appears to mock the whole ridiculous affair. New Grub Street effectively dramatizes Gissing's ambivalence about...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2004; 584506–546 doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/ncl.2004.58.4.506
Published: 01 March 2004
... social function in which violence is deflected outward so that a community may survive intact, mid-Victorian novels dramatize the resolution of social conflict by resituating it within the indi- vidual conscience. Self-sacrifice in Victorian novels thus reca- pitulates the very problem of egoism that it...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 2000; 552195–225 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2903114
Published: 01 September 2000
... in this novel. There is irony of narrative tone (as seen most obviously in the mock-epic metaphors used to describe the main character) as well as a more structural irony that exposes the artificiality of narrative itself, the idealized view of history as a coherent and teleologically meaningful...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 1999; 543373–400 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2903145
Published: 01 December 1999
... Waymarsh and has a profoundly unsettling effect on Newsome's wayward agent.James underscores the dramatic character of Chad's sud- den appearance by aligning it with the rise of the curtain and the fall of the theater crowd's hush, signaling the beginning of a performance both below on the stage and above...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 1998; 532147–170 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2902981
Published: 01 September 1998
... social environment with- out which the individual could not exist. The smaller social unit of the family is altered in these re- spects, but the structure of society is altered in even more significant ways. The plague dramatically reshuffles the social categories of persons so that classification-or...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 1998; 53125–55 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2902969
Published: 01 June 1998
... attempt to re- take Jerusalem from the "heathens." He writes that "George Eliot makes one signal change in this old plot . .. her Christians need the Jews for liberation" (p. 171) . Carroll sees Deronda's "double relationship with Gwendolen and Mordecai" as the unifying tension, finally resolved, between...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 1997; 522198–220 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2933907
Published: 01 September 1997
... compulsions of desire.2 With its em- phasis on compelling desire and entrapment, recent models of narrative often equate the structure of desire with the structure of narrative itself. However, as George Eliot notes about Tris- tram Shandy, certain types of desires cannot be represented in conventional...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 1996; 51116–52 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2933839
Published: 01 June 1996
... one's particu- larizing experience of ethnic roots (ethos). Given this para- dox, a unified national identity seems impossible to achieve, let alone ritualize. And while America's culture lacks such rigid, identity-making social structures as an established reli- gion, it nevertheless has its rituals...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 1995; 503357–380 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2933674
Published: 01 December 1995
... mind's "natural" drift, his habit of focusing narrowly on specific "dramatic" incidents flowing free of structural and thematic constraints, was the 3 Mark Twain-Howells Letters: The Correspondence ofSamuel L. Clemens and William D. Howells, 5872-191o, ed. Henry Nash Smith and William M. Gibson, 2 vols...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 1995; 502259–280 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2933705
Published: 01 September 1995
..., setting, and proofreading the intended text. The efforts of Murray and Davison or Hunt and Reynell were supposed (by all parties) to convey the author's intention: Byron asked to have his MSS. read over and edited at Murray's and then printed, with format- ting of stanzas, dramatic cues, and speaker lines...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 1994; 493339–359 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2933820
Published: 01 December 1994
... also excluded. Heathcliff's unstable or wuthering position in the family structure in fact dramatizes the forces that constitute that structure; forces of incorporation and expulsion gather round him in such a way as to make him both marginal to the family and exemplary of its instabilities, for...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 1994; 492167–195 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2933980
Published: 01 September 1994
... glimpses and echoes of the ideal in imperfect words, so also he values the tale as a pure genre of narrative, dramatized incident, and tone pressing toward a single unified effect that reveals some kind of "truth" about human nature (see pp. 571-73). Poe values the aesthetic-that is, the more purely or...
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Nineteenth-Century Literature. 1994; 484546–549 doi: https://doi.org/10.2307/2933629
Published: 01 March 1994
... combines the rhetorical in- sights of his earlier books but with a "seemingly subtle shift or new balance among his key tropes" that enables a "dramatic change in tone and vision." Moby-Dick, then, becomes Melville's examination of the rhetorical structures "central to persuasive ethopoeia in his day." Its...