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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 371–393.
Published: 01 September 2007
...Samuel Cohen Copyright © Hofstra University 2007 w The Novel in a Time of Terror: M id d lesex , History, and Contemporary American Fiction Samuel Cohen I effrey Eugenides’s 2002 Middlesex, a critically acclaimed historical novel, nas been praised as an expansive, epic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 516–538.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Caren Irr 2011 Caren Irr Postmodernism in Reverse: American National Allegories and the 21st-Century Political Novel Caren Irr Since the 1980s, the conceptual twin—or, better, dialectical counter- part—of literary postmodernism has been the national allegory. As Fred- ric...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 385–406.
Published: 01 December 2021
...-race fiction include William Wells Brown’s Clotel (1853), the first novel by an African American; Francis E. W. Harper’s Iola Leroy (1892); and Charles Chesnutt’s The House behind the Cedars (1899), to name just a few. In contrast, instead of presenting someone either congenitally doomed by mixed...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (2): 113–150.
Published: 01 June 2022
...Kim Adams In 1931, African American journalist George Schuyler imagined a medical treatment that could turn Black people white and American politics upside down. Schuyler’s novel, Black No More , uses this fictional race-altering technology to mount a satirical critique of progressive era...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (1): 75–99.
Published: 01 March 2021
...-twentieth-century American adoption narratives suggests, however, that inherited traits were not the only concerns, an argument this essay pursues by considering March’s novel and its film adaptation alongside Richard Wright’s posthumously published novella Rite of Passage . All of the texts share certain...
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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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 333–360.
Published: 01 September 2020
... the American movie industry correlates with both his technological savvy and his sociopolitical conservativism in the latter half of his writing career. Second, it shows how Ellison’s fascinations with cinematic effects shape the aesthetics and themes of his unfinished second novel. Finally, the article...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 115–140.
Published: 01 June 2017
... on northern “racial capitalism,” representing how a desire to integrate into American fantasies of capitalist acquisition actually serves to obliterate the possibility of black autonomy and self-definition. If The Hit is a “civil rights” novel, then, it operates in the field of “race radicalism...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 145–166.
Published: 01 March 2019
... Chicken in America: A Novel in Stories (2007) are set in specific North American immigrant neighborhoods: Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue in Toronto for Natasha , and the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh in Little Chicken . These stories describe the deterritorialization of Russian culture...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 239–266.
Published: 01 September 2017
... among New York intellectuals who ineffectually conspire to found a radical magazine. Although the novel has typically been read as a roman à clef, its broader target becomes evident when positioned in relation to masculinist orthodoxies of objectivity and scientific materialism that dominated American...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (2): 129–160.
Published: 01 June 2018
...Katie Fitzpatrick This article reads Lionel Trilling’s 1947 novel, The Middle of the Journey , through postwar controversies about the relationship between law and conscience. The 1945–46 Nuremberg Trials divided American liberals, who disputed whether fascism was best combated by fidelity...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 79–100.
Published: 01 March 2018
... proposes, with “valuable alternative perspectives specifically on challenges and inner conflicts confronted by left-thinking people today” (4). Copyright © 2018 Hofstra University 2018 American novel curiosity Edith Wharton liberalism Matthew Arnold public/private sphere Though written...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 121–144.
Published: 01 March 2019
... Mayakovsky’s “Oblaka v shtanakh” (“A Cloud in Trousers”). 5 References and allusions to the Russian literary canon are a common feature of Russian American prose fiction as well. For example, Irina Reyn’s novel What Happened to Anna K. (2008) recasts the plot of Lev Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (1877...
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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 (2016) 62 (2): 170–196.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Jason Vredenburg In both the critical literature and the popular imagination, Jack Kerouac’s seminal road narrative On the Road is often viewed as a celebration of American individualism and frontier myth. Placing the novel within the context of the changing approach to automotive infrastructure...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 364–371.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Madhu Dubey 2011 Madhu Dubey Post-Postmodern Realism? Madhu Dubey In his 1989 manifesto for “the new social novel,”  Tom Wolfe com- plained that contemporary American novelists were failing to take on the pressing social issues of their time. Since the 1960s—in other words...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2005
...Sandra Kumamoto Stanley Copyright © Hofstra University 2005 w Mourning the “Greatest Generation”: Myth and History in Philip Roth’s American Pastoral Sandra Kumamoto Stanley I n a 1973 interview about his satirical book The Great American Novel, Philip Roth describes the 1960s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 105–113.
Published: 01 March 2011
... owe my title, and my use of “world” as a verb, to Bruce Robbins’s contri- bution to The Cambridge History of the American Novel, in which he uses “world- ing” to describe the processes whereby novelists express the global resonance of their narrative perspectives. Works cited Dimock, Wai Chee...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (1): 32–45.
Published: 01 March 2003
... was not only impeding its own cultural growth, it was missing an important global opportunity. It was a “curious” and “suggestive” fact, for example, that “America’s acute literary nationalism has developed in inverse ratio to the growth of modern travelling facilities” (“Great American Novel” 156...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (2): 267–272.
Published: 01 June 2014
... of the novels they address, while cumulatively limning an aesthetically diverse sense of American fiction in the 1990s. Assiduously researched and eloquently executed, American Fiction in Transition is an essential contribution to our evolving understanding of the last decade of the twentieth century...