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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 392–410.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Laci Mattison This essay reads Elizabeth Bowen’s The Little Girls (1963) alongside recent theorists of “thingness,” namely, Bill Brown and Jane Bennett. While Bowen’s things intersect with the social terrain, they also simultaneously and paradoxically destabilize that very reality. This...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2018) 64 (3): 295–316.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Adrienne Brown Beginning with a comparison of Virginia Woolf ’s vision of passing a “fine negress” in “A Room of One’s Own” (1929) to Zora Neale Hurston’s refusal to allow white women to pass her without some roughhousing in her 1928 essay, “How It Feels to Be Colored Me,” this essay grapples with...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2011) 57 (3-4): 354–363.
Published: 01 December 2011
... enormously important, even if describing, as Bill Brown points out, a cultural logic “that evacuates or eradicates essence” (736). Looking through PMLA— which is, after all, the official organ of our field—I discovered only three essays published with the words “postmodernism,” “postmodernity,” or...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2012) 58 (2): 349–354.
Published: 01 June 2012
...” (xii), we follow the young baseball fan sending away for “action pictures” of players like Christy Matthewson, Rube Marquard, and Mordecai “Three-Finger” Brown, and we chuckle as the fifteen year old reports to an Oak Park Forest Park High School classmate that he has been “reading Marcelline...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2012) 58 (4): 640–662.
Published: 01 December 2012
... Things: The At-Home Objects of Marianne Moore ficult for critics to process.6 This continued illegibility of Moore’s at-home objects comes as no surprise given modernist studies’ recent interest in the uncanniness, or unhomeliness, of  “things.” For Bill Brown, the distinc- tion between objects...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 424–432.
Published: 01 September 2015
... recently, and for good reason. In the waning decades of the twentieth century, all that was solid seemed to melt into air as scholars emphasized the linguistic play, discursive construction, and/or ideological encoding of texts both literary and cultural. But as thinkers such as Lawrence Buell, Bill Brown...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2017) 63 (3): 267–298.
Published: 01 September 2017
..., whether in lived experience or in the pages of a novel. I have been using the terms object and thing in order to mark an ontological difference, and here I follow Bill Brown, whose discussion of “thing theory” returns us to the Kantian problem of distinguishing between the phenomena we can know and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2007) 53 (3): 233–247.
Published: 01 September 2007
... numerous ruminations on the derivative (post-something else) nature of its name. Bill Brown’s recent meditation on Jameson’s theory of postmodernity, which opens: When will we know that it was not the implosion of Minoru Yama­ saki’s Pruitt-Igoe complex in Saint Louis (15 July 1972...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2011) 57 (2): 199–223.
Published: 01 June 2011
... intransigently material. In short, then, the late-capitalist literature of materiality is engaged with what Bill Brown calls the “material unconscious” of late capitalist existence,4 which is, in part, comprised of the material underpinnings of our globalized world. It thus erodes the distinction...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2014) 60 (2): 259–266.
Published: 01 June 2014
... phrenology. Blyn argues that the Twain stories, refusing to provide us with the truth of race or of corporeal individualism, interrogate dominant ideologies and values and prefigure important twentieth-century critiques of subjectivity. Chapter Two, on Tod Browning’s films The Unholy Three and The...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2001) 47 (1): 92–113.
Published: 01 March 2001
... ingway’s fictional backfilling involved the “medium brown” grasshoppers, which Nick the soldier extolled as the very best trout bait, in both “Now I Lay Me” (1927) and “A Way You’ll Never Be” (1933), after he had al­ ready used them in “Big Two-Hearted River” (1925). In his later two...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2011) 57 (3-4): 291–308.
Published: 01 December 2011
... postmodernity has been a standard feature of periodizing accounts of postmodernism at least since David Harvey prefaced his foundational The Condition of Postmodernity by asserting that “it does not matter whether postmodernism is or is not on the way out” (ix). Indeed, as Bill Brown suggests in “The...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2013) 59 (2): 283–308.
Published: 01 June 2013
... multivocality.1 Recent work in thing theory would appear to be indebted to Agam- ben’s approach to the question of the example. In Bill Brown’s terms, there is something “thingly” about this notion of the example. In Brown’s well-known distinction, objects are those items which we know and use...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 49–74.
Published: 01 March 2017
... between surface and depth that glass affords to demonstrate the limits and possibilities of temporal, spatial, and intersubjective relations in interwar London. Glass in some of Woolf’s earlier work—as Elizabeth Outka’s (2009) and Bill Brown’s (1999) readings of Night and Day (1919) and “Solid...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2015) 61 (2): 147–172.
Published: 01 June 2015
.... Similarly, the dozens, as a formally contained speech ritual, is irrelevant to sociopolitical activism. Even if a dozens insult incorporates political content (like the one recalled by H. Rap Brown: “I fucked your mama/For a solid hour./Baby came out/Screaming, Black Power”), that content signifies only...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2000) 46 (2): 214–237.
Published: 01 June 2000
... Ethelbert Browne in fostering a popular movement was “little more than a game, a heightening of life, an extension of the celebratory mood in which I re­ turned to my island” (38). A successful real-estate developer with family lands, a dandy living ostentatiously, Singh claims that when he was...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2013) 59 (4): 657–665.
Published: 01 December 2013
... is more complex—and in her reading of this portrait poem Dickey implicitly suggests an important link between Rossetti’s poetry and that of Robert Browning. Rossetti’s dramatic monologue “responds to a painted portrait as an uncanny mirror in which past and present, Beloved and self mingle...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 287–304.
Published: 01 September 2015
... Ethics of Fiction . Berkeley : University of California Press . Braidotti Rosi . 2013 . The Posthuman . Cambridge : Polity Press . Brown Bill . 1999 . “ The Secret Life of Things: Virginia Woolf and the Matter of Modernism .” Modernism/Modernity 6 , no. 2 : 1 – 28...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2008) 54 (2): 263–272.
Published: 01 June 2008
... editor’s note to his Selected Poems (1974) he acknowledges three of O ’Hara’s poet friends as his chief advisors: Bill Berkson, whom Allen identifies as “my neighbor” (in Bolinas, California), and Kenneth Koch and James Schuyler, the two poets most often identified, along with O ’Hara and Ashbery...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2010) 56 (4): 559–566.
Published: 01 December 2010
... ambiguity. Whether Lamb is commenting on the shift to Bill’s consciousness at the conclusion of  “The End of Something” or the language of the unedu- cated narrator of  “After the Storm,” his insights light up the page. Throughout Art Matters you sense an inquiring, curious mind that, like...