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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (2): 199–224.
Published: 01 June 2022
...Eric Strand Although our recovery of Elizabeth Bishop’s politics has involved seeing her as a resistant “outsider,” this essay argues that she was at her most challenging as an inhabitant of poetic institutions. Exemplifying the vexed status of the Depression-era writer after the crash...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (2): 225–234.
Published: 01 June 2022
...). The range of cultural artifacts considered in his book offers entry points for scholars interested in a wide range of works of Depression-era literature and film. He usefully pushes his readers to examine these various subgenres from an ecocritical perspective even when they depict urban or futuristic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (3): 317–344.
Published: 01 September 2021
... which Le Sueur imagines alternative feminist socioeconomic structures and, by extension, alternative forms of subjectivity that emerge within subrepresentational spaces. © 2021 Hofstra University 2021 Depression Era feminism homelessness poverty representation Midway through Meridel Le...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (4): 702–708.
Published: 01 December 2012
... the reader to group movements—both literary and political—according to the emerging discourses of gender in each era. In doing so, Penner works through an enormous amount of cultural material as it specifically pertains to changing conceptions of masculinity from the Depression era through the late...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 239–266.
Published: 01 September 2017
... of the Month.” Review of The Unpossessed, by Tess Slesinger . New Outlook , June : 53 – 57 , 64 . Castro Joy . 2004 . “ ‘My Little Illegality’: Abortion, Resistance, and Women Writers on the Left .” In The Novel and the American Left: Critical Essays on Depression-Era Fiction , edited...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (4): 514–525.
Published: 01 December 2008
... of Mirth in order to show how, after Darwin, the Progressive era debated the extent 517 Robert Chodat to which pauperism was a biological condition. By the Depression, argues Jones in his final chapter, poverty was primarily a psychological state, a “profound bewilderment, discord, uncertainty...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (1): 115–124.
Published: 01 March 2000
....” 45.1 (1999): 18-45 Dawahare, Anthony. “‘That Joyous Certainty’: History and Utopia in Tillie Olsen’s Depression-Era Literature.” 44.3 (1998): 261-75 DeCoste, Damon Michael. “Modernism’s Shell-Shocked History: Amnesia, Rep­ etition, and the War in Graham Greene’s The Ministry of Fear...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 307–342.
Published: 01 December 2019
... an almost Steinbeckian image of Depression-era privation and Dust Bowl migration. 11 Throughout the Great Depression, as Erin Battat (2014 : 9) observes, “photographs of overloaded jalopies traversing America’s roads and highways appeared in countless newspapers, magazines, photo-books, museum galleries...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 191–212.
Published: 01 June 2017
.... African American writers of the period were also less likely to see their own failures as fodder for art. In Wallace Thurman’s Infants of the Spring (1932), a Depression-era postmortem on the aspirations of the Harlem Renaissance, Eustace, a queer singer, “wanted to branch out and entrance larger...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 25–52.
Published: 01 March 2018
... was discouraged by the extent to which the Depression-era cultural logic in the United States reminded her of arguments she had heard in Mexico in the 1920s. In an autobiographical fragment of 1934, she rejected the basic claim of the US literary Left (along with other leftist writers from Mexico to the Soviet...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (2): 296–332.
Published: 01 June 2012
... appraisal of the propagandistic uses of documentary realism in the Depression era and the rabid nationalism of wartime America. As such, he implicitly contrasts Moore with those of her contemporaries who seem to have abandoned the indirections of modernism for a more direct form of political...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (2): 125–152.
Published: 01 June 2007
... of Depression-era documentaries, but in their own time these works were almost certain to be accepted as truthful accounts, at least in the sense of their not be­ ing fabricated or fictionalized. The term propaganda was thrown about to discredit some documentaries, but this was to charge them with being...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (2): 269–276.
Published: 01 June 2010
..., and the new modernity of the post–World War I era. Sinclair Lewis is a prime example of an esteemed writer who lost ground as a new generation of critics sought modernist successors to Hawthorne, Melville, and Twain in order to consolidate American literature as a field worthy of study. Hutner...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (4): 547–571.
Published: 01 December 2009
... because of their plasticity, their ability to propagate “in great numbers” (Annotated 43), it places “Bird-Witted”—a true Depression-era poem—in a fresh light: it is in fact one of the few poems Moore wrote from the mother’s point of view. From an economic as well as evolutionary stand- point...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (2): 240–245.
Published: 01 June 2016
..., the disciple of the arch anti-Semite Drumont, to his own about-face at the time of the Spanish Civil War, to the postwar philo-Semitic disciple of Bernanos, Maurice Clavel, and the era of French Judeophilia that his thought seemed to usher in. That the Möbius strip thus configured might just as well...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (3): 540–545.
Published: 01 September 2012
... eighties, when the neo-Cold War rhetoric of the Reagan administration moved the issue of nuclear armament temporarily back to the center of public discourse. No doubt the best-known product of the era was Derrida’s essay, “No Apocalypse, Not Now.” The timeliness of these interventions...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (3): 322–356.
Published: 01 September 2009
... interests during the era, it appears that Bishop’s attitude toward multiple, unmanageable readings of her work (and print more generally) was much more open than has been assumed, and that it emerged as she cultivated an interest in what transpires between readers and writers. This claim...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 117–140.
Published: 01 March 2012
...”— from the Depression era to the post-WWII era United States—was the emergence of an enduring, false distinction between, on the one hand, “welfare” conceived positively as state-sponsored infrastructural projects, educational opportunities for returning soldiers, and social security...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (2): 147–176.
Published: 01 June 2023
...-era liberals like the Daltons. She assimilates the Black men at a new community center into a kind of domestic order that shores up her own happiness, just as the prospect of doing custodial “work among Negroes” delights Mary. Though Walker’s novel is set at a time when second-wave feminism...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (4): 663–687.
Published: 01 December 2012
... on the Left.” The Novel and the American Left: Critical Essays on Depression- Era Fiction. Ed. Janet Galligani Casey. Iowa City: U of Iowa P, 2004. 16-34. Clark, William Bedford. “Abortion and the Missing Moral Center: Two Case Histories from the Post-Modern Novel.” Xavier...