Why The Novel Matters Essay

NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction

Description:NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction is a literary critical journal that features articles on various aspects of the novel genre, including theories of the novel, narratives of race and ethnicity, the novel in an international context, the novel and the history of sexuality, the novel and mass visuality, the novel's place in cultural studies, and agency in or of the novel. It is published thrice yearly.

Coverage: 1967-2012 (Vol. 1, No. 1 - Vol. 45, No. 3)

Moving Wall: 5 years (What is the moving wall?)

The "moving wall" represents the time period between the last issue available in JSTOR and the most recently published issue of a journal. Moving walls are generally represented in years. In rare instances, a publisher has elected to have a "zero" moving wall, so their current issues are available in JSTOR shortly after publication.
Note: In calculating the moving wall, the current year is not counted.
For example, if the current year is 2008 and a journal has a 5 year moving wall, articles from the year 2002 are available.

Terms Related to the Moving Wall
Fixed walls: Journals with no new volumes being added to the archive.
Absorbed: Journals that are combined with another title.
Complete: Journals that are no longer published or that have been combined with another title.

ISSN: 00295132

EISSN: 19458509

Subjects: Language & Literature, Humanities

Collections: Arts & Sciences III Collection, JSTOR Essential Collection, Language & Literature Collection

“Let us learn from the novel.  In the novel, the characters can do nothing but live.  If they keep on being good, according to pattern, or bad, according to pattern, or even volatile, according to pattern, they cease to live, and the novel falls dead.  A character in a novel has got to live, or it is nothing.  We, likewise, in life have got to live, or we are nothing.” ~ D.H. Lawrence, “Why the Novel Matters”  

The English author, poet, playwright, essayist, critic, and painter David Herbert Richards Lawrence was born on this day in 1885 in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.  While Lawrence was immensely interested in human touch behavior and physical intimacy in relationships, which he explored in his well-known novels Sons and Lovers (1913), Women in Love (1920), and Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1928), he was also a passionate advocate against moral absolutes, believing that “all things flow and change” and that “the whole is greater than the part.”  

Unlike philosophy, science, and religion, which only address “different bits” of us, the novel reaches us “whole hog.”  It is for this reason, according to Lawrence, the novelist is superior to the saint, the scientist, the philosopher, and even the poet.  “To be alive, to be man alive, to be whole man alive: that is the point.  And at its best, the novel, and the novel supremely, can help you.  It can help you not to be dead man in life.” 

Lawrence in 1906

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