Berkeley English Faculty

Dorothy J. Hale

Dorothy J. Hale

Professor

Wheeler Hall, room 335
I am on sabbatical from July 1, 2020 through January 1, 2021.
dhale@berkeley.edu


Professional Statement

My research focuses on two related fields: the Anglo-American novel, especially from 1875 to the present, and the theory of the novel, which develops into its own discipline during this period.  I am particularly interested in problems of novelistic form.  For my work on point of view, voice, narrative, and the politics of form, see Social Formalism: The Novel in Theory from Henry James to the Present (Stanford UP, 1998); The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory, 1900-2000 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2006); and The Novel and the New Ethics (Stanford UP, in production, due out November 2020).

Recent articles related to The Novel and the New Ethics include "On Beauty as Beautiful?The Problem of Novelistic Aesthetics by way of Zadie Smith" (Contemporary Literature, 2012); "Aesthetics and the New Ethics: Theorizing the Novel in the Twenty-first Century" (PMLA, 2009); "The Art of English Fiction in the Twentieth Century" (The Cambridge Companion to the Twentieth-Century English Novel, 2009); and "Fiction as Restriction: Self-Binding in New Ethical Theories of the Novel" (Narrative, 2007).

Other recent projects include "Faulkner's Light in August and New Theories of Novelistic Time" in A Question of Time, ed. Cindy Weinstein, Cambridge UP (Cambridge UP, 2019) and "The Place of the Novel in Reparative Reading," in Studies in the Novel, Spring 2019, special anniversary issue. In progress: respondent for "Formalism Now," special issue of Post45.


Books
The Novel and the New Ethics
The Novel and the New Ethics

The Novel and the New Ethics (Stanford UP, November 2020) ....(read more)

Social Formalism: The Novel in Theory from Henry James to the Present
Social Formalism: The Novel in Theory from Henry James to the Present

Winner of the 1998 Barbara and George Perkins Prize for the best book on narrative in 1998, sponsored by the Society for the Study of Narrative Literature. In recent decades, literary critics have praised novel theory for abandoning its formalist ....(read more)

The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1900-2000
The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1900-2000

The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory 1900–2000 is a collection of the most influential writings on the theory of the novel from the twentieth century. Traces the rise of novel theory and the extension of its influence into other discipl....(read more)


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

BOOKS 

The Novel and the New Ethics.  Stanford University Press.  In production.  September 2020.

The Novel: An Anthology of Criticism and Theory, 1900-2000. Editor and author. Oxford: Blackwell, 2006. Pp. 802.

Social Formalism: The Novel in Theory from Henry James to the Present. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998. Pp. 251.

 In Progress

 

INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS

"Henry James and the Novelistic Aesthetics of Alterity: Othering Maisie."  English Studies, vol 5, 2017 and vol. 1, 2018.  Chinese language journal.  Shanghai Jiao Tong UP.  Trans.  WANG, Changcai.  Peer Reviewed.  Republished on WeChat blog, "Studies on General Narratology," Summer 2018.

"Novel, Narrative, and Ethics": an Interview with Professor Dorothy J. Hale.  Questions and translation provided by WANG, Changcai.  English Studies, vol 1, 2016 (1-9).  Shaghai Jiao Tong UP.  Rpt.  China University Academic Abstracts, vol 3, 2017.

"'Othering Maisie': Pelos Olhos de Maisie E A Estética Jamesiana Da Alteridade."  Literatura e Sociedade 29, vol 18, 2013, 29-43.  Portuguese language publication, University of São Paulo, Brazil.  Translated from the English by Ana Carolina Mesquita.  Edited translation by Marcelo Pen Parreira.

Narratology: 5 Questions.  Eds.  Peer F. Bungaard, Henrik Skov Nielsen, and Fredrerik Stjernfelt.  5 Questions Series.  Denmark: Automatic Press/VIP, 2012.

Introduction to Social Formalism, trans. into Danish by Anja Pedersen.  Ed. Per Krogh Hansen.  Kulture & Klasse, 35 (2007): 17-33.

ARTICLES

"The Place of the Novel in Reparative Reading," Studies in the Novel, special anniversary issue, vol 51: 104-9.

"Faulkner's Light in August and New Theories of Novelistic Time."  A Question of Time, ed. Cindy Weinstein, Cambridge UP (NY; November 2018) 266-292.

"On Beauty as Beautiful?  The Problem of Novelistic Aesthetics by Way of Zadie Smith."   Contemporary Literature 53:4 (2012): 814-44.  Special issue "Fiction Since 2000: Post-Millennial Commitments," eds Andrzej Gasiorek and David James. 

"Aesthetics and the New Ethics: Theorizing the Novel in the Twenty-First Century,"  PMLA, 124 (2009) 896-905.

"The Art of English Fiction in the 20th Century," The Cambridge Companion to the 20th Century English Novel, ed. Robert Caserio, Cambridge UP (NY; 2009) 10-22.

"Fiction as Restriction: Self-Binding in New Ethical Theories of the Novel," Narrative, 15 (2007): 187-206. 

"Henry James and the Invention of Novel Theory."  The Cambridge Companion to Henry James. Ed. Jonathan Freedman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998, 79-101.

"Bakhtin in African American Literary Theory."  ELH 61 (1994): 445-471.

"As I Lay Dying's Heterogeneous Discourse." Novel: A Forum on Fiction, 23 (1989): 5-23.

"Profits of Altruism: Caleb Williams and Arthur Mervyn." Eighteenth-Century Studies 22 (1988): 47-69.


Recent English Courses Taught