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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (3): 241–243.
Published: 01 September 2023
... American literature, US literary radicalism, and Marxist literary criticism. Her most recent book is Marxist Literary Criticism Today (2019). She is past president of the Radical Caucus of the Modern Language Association and currently serves on the editorial board and manuscript collective of Science...
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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 (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 (2008) 54 (2): 247–254.
Published: 01 June 2008
... national, racial, and cul­ tural divides to show how they shape literature’s response to marginalized existence. Dividing his study into three sections—“American Dialogues,” “European and African Cultural Visions,” and “Eastern and African American”—Hakutani explores the literary culture...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (3): 275–294.
Published: 01 September 2018
... Hofstra University 2018 African American literature blues family queer theory trauma Many critics have read Gayl Jones’s novel Corregidora (1975) as testament to the continuity of the trauma of slavery across temporal and spatial boundaries. In nineteenth-century Brazil, “old man...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 213–219.
Published: 01 June 2017
... are comprehensive collections, but each requires supplemental readings in key traditions and periods (spirituals, dialect, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts movement, post-civil rights era). I generally forego the poetry collections in favor of the Norton Anthology of African American Literature , which...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (3): 352–359.
Published: 01 September 2006
... short of bewilder­ ing that there have been really no substantial and comprehensive treat­ ments of the relationship of African American literature to religion in general and Christianity in particular. Indeed, other than individual essays, portions of books, or studies of particular authors...
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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 (2014) 60 (2): 243–250.
Published: 01 June 2014
... authenticity are formulated than in how well or poorly a writer conforms to them. And Hughes emerges here as the defining figure in establishing racial “authenticity” as a “supreme criterion of African American literature” (12), a criterion which would be endorsed in the Black Arts era and again...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (3): 331–335.
Published: 01 September 2004
... of the ethnic categorization of literature when those categories cannot be said to have any content beyond the cultural affilia­ tions of their authors. If, as Karem’s study argues, the writing within the category of African-American literature (or Latino or Native American literature...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 291–308.
Published: 01 December 2011
... postwar African- American fiction performs a version of the cultural and historical labor that critics continue to arrogate to realist modes of minority literature. Moreover, in making her argument for the utility of postmodernism 296 as a periodizing concept in regards to African-American...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (2): 147–176.
Published: 01 June 2023
... critiques of whiteness beyond the white-life novel. She provides a detailed taxonomy of white types in African American literature, and lists liberal whites, including those of Native Son , as one such type. 12 For contemporary theorizations of white affect, particularly in the field of education...
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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 After the assassination attempt, when Sunraider lies between life and death...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (1): 75–93.
Published: 01 March 2017
... . Gates Henry Louis Jr. McKay Nellie Y. . 1997 . “ Preface: Talking Books .” In The Norton Anthology of African American Literature , edited by Gates Henry Louis Jr. McKay Nellie Y. , xxvii – xli . New York : Norton . Hemingway Ernest . (1926) 2006 . The Sun Also Rises...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (2): 113–150.
Published: 01 June 2022
... a documentary). Much of the recent scholarship on Black No More focuses on the social politics of Schuyler’s satire. Critics have read it as a broad critique of the period’s racial discourse ( Ferguson 2005) and a truant provocation to the traditions of African American literature ( Jarrett 2007) . Some...
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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 “chosen...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (3): 371–378.
Published: 01 September 2018
..., and Gamal Abdel Nasser. Rasberry’s book falls into two parts. The first section is broadly thematic, focusing on cultural representations of black soldiers; formulations of totalitarianism in political theory and African American literature; and debates about the Suez Canal Crisis in the black public...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 191–216.
Published: 01 September 2019
...-Consciousness . Cambridge, MA : Harvard . Harris Trudier . 1998 . “ The Blues in African American Literature .” Arkansas Review 29 , no. 2 : 67 – 73 . Himes Chester Williams John A. Williams Lori 2008 . Dear Chester, Dear John: Letters between Chester Himes and John...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): 249–258.
Published: 01 June 2005
... needs to be insisted on and accorded its place in the discourse attending African American literature and in the discourse attending ex­ perimental writing. (243) Mackey’s chiasmus here only serves to underscore rhetorically what he sees as a fundamental interrelation...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (2): 238–266.
Published: 01 June 2012
... representation and audience address. Historically, the power of voice has been a theme central to African American literature and literary criticism. Writing out of a history of enforced silence, African American authors have represented voice as an important source of personal and political agency...