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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 115–140.
Published: 01 June 2017
...Steven Belletto This essay focuses on the life and writing of African American novelist, playwright, and activist Julian Mayfield, whose under-studied work and extraordinary life tell a story about race and civil rights in literature that challenges familiar accounts. By analyzing Mayfield’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 147–156.
Published: 01 March 2020
... historical explanation for Asian Americans’ difference from African Americans” (57). Borrowing the novel’s metaphor for its titular foreign student, a “third thing,” Tang connects it to an early reading of Asian American ambivalence, Claire Jean Kim’s notion of “racial triangulation,” which refers to the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (4): 481–512.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., began by reprinting Countee Cullen’s poem “Heritage” (beginning with the line “What is Africa to me Going back a bit further, we know from Peter Abrahams’s autobiography, Tell Freedom, that his adolescent discovery of The New Negro anthology and other works of African-American literature in the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (3): 417–423.
Published: 01 September 2015
... rewarding, the intergenerational dialogue that he accentuates is also suggestive for reconsidering the significance of jazz in African American—and African diasporic—literature beyond the 1960s. Works cited Brown Fahamisha Patricia . 1999 . Performing the Word: African American Poetry as...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 147–172.
Published: 01 June 2015
... politics in the postwar era. Copyright © Hofstra University 2015 Three Days before the Shooting … civil rights-era literature African American vernacular culture African American literature political strategies Works cited Abrahams Roger D. 1962 . “ Playing the Dozens...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (3): 275–294.
Published: 01 September 2018
..., however, possible to overstate how much Jones emphasizes the orality of African and African American literatures in contradistinction to other traditions. In her postscript to Liberating Voices , written ten years after the chapters preceding it, Jones praises Henry Louis Gates, Houston A. Baker, Mary...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (1): 174–180.
Published: 01 March 2013
... postmodern Faulkner takeoff,Getting Mother’s Body (2003). The book expands on a 2008 special issue of African American Review and a 2010 co-edited critical collection titled Representing Segregation: Toward an Aesthetics of Living Jim Crow, and Other Forms of Racial Division, and as such represents...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 145–166.
Published: 01 March 2019
... is perhaps most clearly exhibited in his second novel Absurdistan (2006). Like his first novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook (2002), Absurdistan repositions Russian Jewish immigrant literature within a transnational framework that is reminiscent of the work by Dominican American writer...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (3): 295–316.
Published: 01 September 2018
... of these hierarchical relationships into an occasion for imagining how to be intimate with others without rendering difference invisible. African American literature Dust Tracks on a Road memoir Virginia Woolf D. W. Winnicott Zora Neale Hurston’s 1928 article “How It Feels to Be Colored...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (2): 161–190.
Published: 01 June 2018
... by critics, African Americans are crucial to Roth’s critique of the sixties and America as a whole. By drawing attention to the black voices represented through and circumscribed in the protagonist’s white victim narrative, I examine how Roth unmasks American society’s deep-rooted but still often...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 1–22.
Published: 01 March 2019
... substandard ( Goldsworthy 1998 ; Iordanova 2001 ; Kiossev 2005 ; Todorova 1997 ; Wolff 1994 ). Works Cited Antoszek Andrzej . 2009 . “ ‘The Higher the Satellite, the Lower the Culture’? African American Studies in East-Central and Southeastern Europe: The Case of Poland .” Journal of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 191–216.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Mark A. Tabone This article focuses on the representation of history in African American author John A. Williams’s 1999 novel, Clifford’s Blues , a fictional account of a Black, queer American expatriate’s internment and enslavement in a Nazi concentration camp . Through a critical perspective that...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (3): 397–404.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Mollie Godfrey Abandoning the Black Hero: Sympathy and Privacy in the Postwar African American White-Life Novel , by Charles John , Rutgers University Press , 2012 . 280 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2014 Review Reviews “White-Life” Literature Reconsidered...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 187–189.
Published: 01 September 2019
... equivalencies between, or conflations of, African American history and Jewish history. On a most basic level, the novel “adds new dimensions and directions to Holocaust memory, not least of which is a re-membered history of Nazi Black victims that, when Williams began the novel in the 1980s, had yet to be...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 406–413.
Published: 01 September 2007
...Delia C. Konzett Ethnic American Literature: Comparing Chicano, Jewish, and African American Writing , by Franco Dean J. , Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press , 2006 . 219 pages. Trailing Clouds: Immigrant Fiction in Contemporary America , by Cowart David...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (2): 269–278.
Published: 01 June 2009
... to recall the existentialist maxim that “experience precedes essence” when thinking of Black American 269Twentieth-Century Literature 55.2 Summer 2009 269 John C. Charles identity, history, and culture, and to confront the fact that African Ameri- cans have always...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (1): 75–95.
Published: 01 March 2016
... to revolution and to communism, especially in his poetry of the 1930s. Indeed, much scholarly work has come out in the last decade on the centrality of communism to African American literature between the wars. See Foley 2003 , Maxwell 1999 , and Dawahare 2003 . Works cited Badenhausen...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (1): 110–117.
Published: 01 March 2016
... and Poetics,” Jeon’s “Asian American Poetry,” Walton Muyumba’s “Black and Blues Configurations: Contemporary African American Poetics”); individual decades; and conceptual or categorical groupings (Reena Sastri’s “Psychoanalytic Poetics,” Juliana Spahr’s “Multilingualism in Contemporary American...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 575–581.
Published: 01 December 2010
... African American tradition of crime fiction, focusing on Walter Mosley and Chester Himes. Cassuto nimbly balances the major canonical figures of the genre with its oddballs and its popular, but not yet anthologized figures. He alludes to, but does not delve into, the early pulp magazine Black Mask...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (3): 401–408.
Published: 01 September 2009
... aesthetically modernist forms, whereas African-American, immigrant, and other ethnic writers may have been less frequently inclined to endorse modernist strategies of opposing modernity. (64) It is from its own limited vantage point, Sollors suggests, that classic high modernism...