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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 1–22.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Claudia Sadowski-Smith; Ioana Luca This article places an emergent body of cultural productions by US immigrants from former Eastern Bloc nations in dialogue with scholarship on US immigrant and transnational writing. We argue that the collective work by authors of (post-)Soviet and Central/Eastern...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 97–120.
Published: 01 March 2019
... stereotypes of “depressive” Eastern European and post-Yugoslav heroes enveloped in “heavy doses of alcohol and cigarette smoke,” it is necessary to discuss English-language migrant literature alongside Eastern European writing. 1 While Aleksandar Hemon and Téa Obreht are the most popular US post-Yugoslav...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 121–144.
Published: 01 March 2019
... by Kaminsky and Akhtiorskaya concerns the construction of a Russian Jewish identity in contemporary US immigrant writing, its reception by US readers and critics, and its intersection with the mythologies of the “Odessa Text.” Their choice of genre—poetry vs. narrative fiction—is another factor that...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2013) 59 (3): 528–535.
Published: 01 September 2013
... reterritorialization in contemporary Asian American literary production; and a plea for the continuing value of creative literature, often formulated in (vexed) formalist terms. As Song argues in the book’s first chapter, which serves as a kind of second and perhaps more useful introduction, the passage of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2010) 56 (1): 47–70.
Published: 01 March 2010
...-century social sci- entists understood culture as “readable in terms of its ties to a plot of earth,”  “on the ground, so to speak” (19).6 US immigration thus produces a cultural and literary crisis of identity and pedigree, and literary debates at the time adopt the metaphors of political...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2013) 59 (1): 189–195.
Published: 01 March 2013
... constrictions of different forms and genres, and, furthermore, how the expression of Muslim identity taps into certain genres precisely to make use of particular aesthetic possibilities. However, these consid- erations aside, Writing Muslim Identity is an important contribution to a nascent field of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2007) 53 (1): 67–73.
Published: 01 March 2007
... writers move from engaging with a language they once spoke or still speak but have chosen not to write in to praying for a dead parent in a language that is resonant to the very degree that it is seldom used but always remembered. The sort of transcendentalizing W irth...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2013) 59 (4): 674–680.
Published: 01 December 2013
... on a slippery cliff, she tempts us to work against metaphor, for literality. Moser’s challenge was finding a way to write against the emptiness with which the “real” is perceived by Lispector without betraying her peculiar detachment. She appears to deny that there is anything to her but...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2014) 60 (2): 222–242.
Published: 01 June 2014
... of American domesticity, is always susceptible to acts of political violence. In “Homeland Insecurities: Reflections on Language and Space,” Amy Kaplan deconstructs the recent use of the term “homeland,” designating 223 Dale Pattison it as a product of a rapidly mobilizing security...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 145–166.
Published: 01 March 2019
..., economic, or social capital between countries, including return visits; phone calls and the use of electronic communication; permanent or temporary return for economic activity; and sponsorship of spouses, as well as the sending of remittances. 1 Late nineteenth-century immigration from the Russian...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 71–96.
Published: 01 March 2019
... shift away from Novakovich’s earlier, US-based collection of essays Plum Brandy . The new work revisits themes, situations, and protagonists described in his earlier writing from his new position of double immigrant. The collection can be divided into personal and familial essays, in which Novakovich...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 43–70.
Published: 01 March 2019
... US multiethnic writers manifested in discussions of Maxine Hong Kingston’s Woman Warrior . 8 In both Kingston’s and Vapnyar’s fiction, critics or reviewers assess ethnic or immigrant writing by its “authentic” relationship to an ethnic community or country of origin, while authors emphasize the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 23–42.
Published: 01 March 2019
... country makes him realize that US society is riddled with internal contradictions, which renders a holistic interpretative approach futile. 5 More importantly, Matthiessen’s journal shows that his experiences of the foreign space are doubly influential; he writes that “Europe has always had the effect...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 167–186.
Published: 01 March 2019
... in 1965 via Italy as part of the exchange of cash for people of Jewish descent between the Romanian communist state and Israel, and other postsocialist immigrant authors who have built their US careers writing in English, such as Jewish Russian writer Gary Shteyngart. In contrast to these two...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2017) 63 (2): 115–140.
Published: 01 June 2017
... outside familiar frameworks for conceptualizing what counts as civil rights literature, though, Mayfield’s writing draws attention to aspects of the US and global color line obscured in work invested in the progressive narrative of civil rights reform. It does this in six interrelated ways: 1) remaining...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2016) 62 (3): 271–288.
Published: 01 September 2016
... owing to the lurking presence of anthropomorphism in the use of human language. In her introduction to the essay anthology Speaking for Animals: Animal Autobiographical Writing , Margo DeMello articulates the problem: “Because they don’t speak our language, and we don’t speak theirs, we cannot see, nor...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2015) 61 (2): 209–231.
Published: 01 June 2015
... hieroglyphics, new symbols, new myths,” in short a new language (179). They use the word “new” a total of nine times in the short editorial, but they warn against ungrounded novelty. They do not want transition to be a space for gratuitous innovation, for new but meaningless words, syntaxes, and structures...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2017) 63 (2): 191–212.
Published: 01 June 2017
... Halberstam’s reading of a range of cultural materials, from avant-garde photography and performance art to Hollywood children’s films, and in this she sketches an alternative understanding of modern life in which “failure allows us to escape the punishing norms that discipline behavior and manage human...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2016) 62 (1): 56–74.
Published: 01 March 2016
... he set to work on writing a new version of the poem, “El Idiota,” focused entirely on the young man, set beyond the US border, and published in a European literary journal, transition , in December 1927, as part of a suite of five poems titled “East of Yucatan.” Editor Eugene Jolas published the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2007) 53 (3): 406–413.
Published: 01 September 2007
... wom ens fiction, (8) immigrant-on-immigrant exploitation, (9) movement from homesickness toward eventual settlement in the US, and (10) cul­ tural struggle often experienced as generational conflict o f value systems (7-8). As with Franco, Cowart is eager to construe overlapping...