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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 1–10.
Published: 01 March 2020
...) and Hannibal Rising (2006) into a World War II orphan-avenger, whose first experience of cannibalism is the forced consumption of his younger sister at the hands of Slavic Nazi collaborators, and how his subsequent cannibalistic murders are positioned as an “ethical response” to his wartime trauma...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 247–270.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Anna Teekell By reading Samuel Beckett’s famously “unreadable” novel Watt (1953) in context as a novel of the Irish Emergency, the neutral Irish Free State’s euphemism for World War II, this essay argues that Watt ’s unreadability and encodedness are embodiments of the languages of post-traumatic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (2): 185–206.
Published: 01 June 2020
...Sarah E. Cornish The World War II diary A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City (2005) documents one woman’s story of survival in the spring of 1945 in Berlin, during which upward of 130,000 women were raped by soldiers of the Red Army. First, this essay introduces the politics of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 59–78.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Lisa Mullen The shocking defamiliarization of the everyday that took place during World War II created a crisis in modernist aesthetics. This crisis emerges both in Eliot’s anguished meditation on time, space, and infinity in “East Coker,” and in Powell and Pressburger’s playful satire about an...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 11–36.
Published: 01 March 2020
...William Davies This essay explores the depiction of the degenerating male form in Samuel Beckett’s post-World War II trilogy of novels ( Molloy , Malone Dies , and The Unnamable ) in the context of Vichy France’s ideology of the body—specifically the male body—and the propaganda of the regime’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 103–124.
Published: 01 March 2020
... Malina as an allegory of the process of writing itself: that is, a means of exploring the attempted expression of the pain and fragmentation of the embodied subject that resulted from the atrocities of World War II. Using Blanchot’s reflections on anguish and language, I argue that the novel—part love...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 37–58.
Published: 01 March 2020
... gnosticism war poetry World War II poetry Perhaps one day cynic and lyric will meet and make me a balanced style. —Keith Douglas, letter to J. C. Hall For here the lover and killer are mingled who had one body and one heart. —Keith Douglas, “Vergissmeinnicht” In 1940, early in Keith...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (2): 191–222.
Published: 01 June 2018
... layering of natural, descriptive, and historical discourses that summon the reader to divergent forms of participation. They also draw on World War II and colonial history as frameworks for investigating the multiple resonances of the term “vocation,” including the sociopolitical dimensions of a poet’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (4): 429–447.
Published: 01 December 2016
... campaign arrested around a third of the city’s men over seven months and that the majority of these were tortured ( Rejali 2009 , 482). Djebar thus focuses on one of the most well known and intense examples of systematic torture after World War II but revises the work of her male contemporaries through her...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 125–146.
Published: 01 March 2020
... . Stonebridge Lyndsey . 2009 . “ Theories of Trauma .” In The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of World War II , edited by MacKay Marina , 194 – 206 . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press . Wallop Harry . 2014 . “ Why French Chefs Want Us to Eat This Bird—Head, Bones, Beak and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (2): 145–169.
Published: 01 June 2016
..., a V-2 rocket launched in the final days of World War II has transformed into an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) descending on a crowded movie theater run by night manager “Richard M. Zhlubb,” sealing Pynchon’s furious history of the continuity, from Nazi Germany to Nixon’s Cold War United...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (3): 328–359.
Published: 01 September 2003
... even more indispensable habits for Stein; and this renewed emphasis on habit becomes the subject matter for her World War II writings. Habits seem both to mask the disruption that war creates, dissolving the consequences of the world into the space of the home, and paradoxically to work as a...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 228–236.
Published: 01 June 2017
... European unity led Eliot to cease publication of the Criterion just before the start of World War II, and that unity, not imperial unity, is his primary concern in the 1951 essay. Sherry mentions Wilde briefly, but he does not explore the effect of such a prominent writer associated with decadence on...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (4): 448–454.
Published: 01 December 2016
... interwar. This leads to a difficulty I have with Tense Future . In his desire to push the interwar mood beyond the arbitrary poles of World War I and World War II, Saint-Amour comes close to evacuating the critical usefulness of a periodizing category like the interwar. The recent interest in theories...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 147–156.
Published: 01 March 2020
... were classified during World War II) or as objects of “white racist love” (in the tart phrase of the Aiiieeeee! editors), 3 Asian Americans, Tang contends, have been “characterized by a unique propensity for reiterating dominant discourses” (5). Repetition however has been primarily understood in...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (1): 80–113.
Published: 01 March 2009
... to assume a teleological trajec­ tory in his work toward the horror of his Rome Radio broadcasts and have attempted to diagnose key elements of his totalizing (totalitarian, in fact) World War II persona. Tim Redman and Lawrence Rainey have focused on Italian fascism and Pounds hero worship of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (2): 137–168.
Published: 01 June 2001
... Great War, a world of imperial certainty soon to be undone,17 while the stanza that follows, characterized by some of the most bitter language in The Tower, centers on Black and Tan attacks during the Anglo-Irish War: Now days are dragon-ridden, the nightmare Rides...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (1): 98–104.
Published: 01 March 2005
... fiftieth anniversaries of events of World War II. The trium- phalist school of history reinvigorated by the end of the Cold War and by these anniversaries did not squelch questioning of and argument over the meanings of our national past, which had been going on since at least the antiwar movement...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (4): 460–483.
Published: 01 December 2015
... to statehood following World War I persisted into World War II. For Bowen, this retrospective landscaping is precisely the function of stories as a “form of history” ( Bowen 2008d , 328). Her classification of The Last September as “fiction with the texture of history” (2011e, 169) exemplifies her...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 109–138.
Published: 01 June 2021
... . Hoberek Andrew . ( 2005 ) 2009 . The Twilight of the Middle Class: Post–World War II American Fiction and White-Collar Work . Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press . Hoberek Andrew . 2010 . “ Foreign Objects, or, DeLillo Minimalist .” Studies in American Fiction 37 , no. 1...