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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (4): 491–514.
Published: 01 December 2015
... widely circulated Eliot’s prewar poetry, especially The Waste Land , as an allegory of the crisis in national and nationalist culture during the “American Century,” a term coined by Henry Luce in 1941. The articles about and reproductions of Eliot’s work leading up to his Nobel Prize in 1948 not only...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (1): 37–67.
Published: 01 March 2012
... and mentor Edmund Clarence Stedman dubbed the turn of the century an “interval of twilight” for American poetry. Subsequent critics have perhaps read this narrative of decline too literally and regarded the supposed interregnum as a sign of progress toward modernism. This essay takes a different approach...
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Modern Language Quarterly (1941) 2 (3): 516–517.
Published: 01 September 1941
... directed presentation. Her task demanded much labor and nice judgment, and it has been ably performed. SAMUELW. STEVENSON University of Richmond Shelley in America in the Nineteenth Century. His Relation to American Critical Thought and His Influence...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (2): 243–273.
Published: 01 June 2017
... rights, and last but not least the movie rights in mind. —William Lord Wright, “Hints for Scenario Writers” twentieth-century American literature Hollywood cinema media studies F. Scott Fitzgerald institutions Copyright © 2017 by University of Washington 2017 If writing with an eye...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (4): 527–543.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Michael Modarelli The founding of the United States brought with it many conceptions of Englishness, among them the historical connection to an Anglo-Saxon past. To explain the importance of Anglo-Saxonism in the American nineteenth century, Modarelli argues that the northern American states...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2011) 72 (1): 49–73.
Published: 01 March 2011
... recent book is Remapping Citizenship and the Nation in African-American Literature (2009). He is working on a study of early-twentieth-century African American literature in relation to the biomedical politics of public health discourse. Back to “Oriental” Africa: Islamicism and Becoming African...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2022) 83 (4): 481–497.
Published: 01 December 2022
... definitions risks distorting not only the non-Christian faiths that “religion” has often misconstrued but also the Protestantism ubiquitous in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American and British literatures and cultures. Failing to define religion, we risk the familiar pitfalls of treating Protestantism...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2015) 76 (2): 225–246.
Published: 01 June 2015
..., inclusive, and prosperous town whose inhabitants are free to pursue their visions. Its “cringe comedy” satire of self-involvement complicates, but does not substantially undermine, its depiction of a peaceful alternative to the militarized American imagination of the early 2000s. Copyright © 2015...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2012) 73 (2): 123–155.
Published: 01 June 2012
...Jerome McGann This essay reconsiders Cooper’s work and its historical position in two salient relations: first, the Euro-American legal representations that organized the seizure and settlement of the American land from the mid-seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century; second, the canonical ways...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2010) 71 (3): 329–366.
Published: 01 September 2010
..., intersecting continually the larger narrative of twentieth-century print culture: his self-defining agon with mortality may in fact be traced to a concomitant chronicle of American publishing history. Building on the story “Pigeon Feathers” as exemplum, this essay traces the progress of Updike's engagement...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (2): 151–170.
Published: 01 June 2013
...David Damrosch This essay considers the shifting valences of “world” and “literature” in the American academic context of the past half century. The first part of the essay, which takes up the debates during the 1950s and 1960s on the teaching of world literature in translation, looks particularly...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2008) 69 (1): 61–79.
Published: 01 March 2008
...Li Tonglu Originally proposed by Irving Babbitt and Elmer More, and inspired by Buddhist and Confucian philosophies, New Humanism opposed the moral decline fostered by relativist and determinist beliefs and by an increasingly materialistic American society during the early twentieth century...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (2): 141–166.
Published: 01 June 2019
...Nicholas Carr Abstract This article places the works of American Romantic history in the tradition of the nineteenth-century novel. The result is a reframing of a strand of historiography that, for all its great men and its laws of progress, has at its core a realist negation of the freedoms...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (4): 379–402.
Published: 01 December 2019
... and then argues that the new time studies—based in nonlinear concepts of time for the study of the contemporary—offers alternatives to the Eurocentric periodization of modernism. These new temporalities were anticipated by early twentieth-century Euro-American modernism, presented in the essay with an account...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (4): 487–509.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Christopher G. Diller Although recent scholarship has shown how many twentieth-century African American writers appraised the mixed literary inheritance of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), Ralph Ellison has been neglected in this regard. This essay excavates Ellison’s critique...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (3): 327–354.
Published: 01 September 2014
... of structuralism and poststructuralism on American shores. In charting the happenstance of critical fortune at this pivotal and liminal moment, this essay suggests a new understanding of the institutional and intellectual bases of theory. It also addresses the anomalous status of the 1960s as a decade tumultuous...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2013) 74 (4): 517–540.
Published: 01 December 2013
... and Wishart . Miller D. A. 1989 . The Novel and the Police . Berkeley : University of California Press . Mills C. Wright . 2002 . White Collar: The American Middle Classes . New York : Oxford University Press . Moretti Franco . 2007 . “ Serious Century .” In History...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (2): 175–191.
Published: 01 June 2016
... to offer up European tidbits for American buffets. Without the lesson of cannibalism, it would be easy, for example, to mistake Latin America’s nineteenth-century national novels as slavish imitations of Walter Scott and James Fenimore Cooper, of Balzac and Stendhal. In the periphery, First World works...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (2): 195–219.
Published: 01 June 2019
... and postwar culture, Rukeyser appears exemplary in her use of elegy while dissatisfying to her critics. Her wartime poems locate a political as well as an aesthetic impasse in twentieth-century American poetry. “Letter to the Front,” for example, draws on the popular soldier’s-letter genre by writing...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2002) 63 (2): 227–250.
Published: 01 June 2002
..., amusing and above all bristling New York.”1 When James recorded the impressions that would result in The American Scene, he had not set foot in his native country for nearly twenty-five years. In his absence the American century had turned: urban buildings now scraped the sky, gilded hotel lobbies were...