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By Kent Puckett

What--other than embarrassment--could one desire to realize from lengthy publicity to the social mistake? Why imagine a lot approximately what many would favor just to omit? undesirable shape argues that no matter what its awkwardness, the social mistake--the blunder, the gaffe, the pretend pas-is a determine of serious value to the nineteenth-century novel. With major new readings of a couple of nineteenth-century works--such as Eliot's Middlemarch, Flaubert's Madame Bovary, and James's The Princess Casamassima--Kent Puckett unearths how the radical achieves its coherence due to minor error that novels either symbolize and make. whereas uncovering the nineteenth-century novel's continual social and structural reliance at the non-catastrophic mistake--eating peas together with your knife, announcing the inaccurate factor, overdressing--this energetic examine demonstrates that the novel's as soon as enormous cultural authority depends upon what we'd differently reflect on as that authority's contrary: a jittery, worried, obsessive cognizance to the blunders of others that's its personal form of undesirable shape. final past the radical, Puckett concludes with a examining of Jean Renoir's vintage movie, the principles of the sport, so as to examine the similar fates of bourgeois sociability, the vintage realist novel, and the social mistake. Drawing on sociology, psychoanalysis, narrative conception, and the period's huge literature on etiquette, Puckett demonstrates that the nineteenth-century novel ironically will depend on undesirable shape so that it will safe its personal narrative shape. undesirable shape makes the case for the serious position that making error performs within the nineteenth-century novel.

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Richard Nice (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1984), 67, 101. 35. e. a mirror-structure, and doubly speculary: this mirror duplication is constitutive of ideology and ensures its functioning. Which means that all ideology is centred, that the Absolute Subject occupies the unique place of the Centre, and  bad form tance is narratable, the creature both in and out of the novel that would result from a manic proximity to good form would amount to something strange, disturbing, maybe a little awful.

To look to a later, even apocalyptic, example: the revolutionary potential of eating peas with your knife returns in H. G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds. In that novel, Wells explicitly equates the taboo against eating peas with your knife with the very coherence of Western civilization. In an attempt to imagine the extent to which a world entirely colonized by human-eating Martians would be different, a working-class survivor of the alien attack instructs the narrator: “If you’ve got any drawing room manners or a dislike to eating peas with a knife or dropping aitches, you’d better chuck ’em away.

Thackeray shares much with Mozley. To be a snob is for him also to be affected, to perform an awareness of one’s structural difference from other posi- 54. Sir William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England, quoted in Ernst H. Kantorowicz, The King’s Two Bodies: A Study in Mediaeval Political Theology (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997), 4–5. 55. Kantorowicz, The King’s Two Bodies, 39. 56. Judith Butler, The Psychic Life of Power: Essays in Subjection (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1997), 2.

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