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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 191–214.
Published: 01 June 2021
...Brandon Truett This article recovers the 1918 chapbook that the understudied Vorticist poet and visual artist Jessie Dismorr composed for the American sculptor John Storrs and his wife Marguerite. It examines the ways the chapbook reorients the aesthetic criteria by which we recognize abstraction...
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Published: 01 June 2021
Figure 2 John Storrs, Abstraction (1919). Painted terracotta, 4¾ × 2¾ × 2 in. © Estate of John Storrs. Courtesy of Richard Gray Gallery. Photograph courtesy of the Vilcek Foundation. More
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (4): 709–719.
Published: 01 December 2012
...-Century Literature 58.4 Winter 2012 709 Phoebe Putnam Slowly but surely, flat is falling flat. Abstraction’s legacy of flat surfaces, here implied by Schjeldahl as having been buffed to a perniciously “fric- tionless” sheen by the late twentieth century, is being read as a legacy...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 220–227.
Published: 01 June 2017
... responses to the concept of cosmopolitanism that have questioned its rush to abstract universalism and global unity, while moving beyond postcolonial assessments of Irish modernism that tend to focus intently on contexts of nationalism or anticolonialism at the expense of attention to forms of transnational...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 504–510.
Published: 01 December 2018
... artists, in Rasula’s terms, long for an art that could be as abstract as music, in which an illusion of insight is gained, but we can never know what that insight is. This ambitious book professes to be about “melomania,” an excessive love of music, as manifested across multiple modernist art forms. Yet...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (2): 164–192.
Published: 01 June 2003
... visual space of the map and the local knowledges of narrative, finally drawing attention to the absences inherent within each mode of representation. Cartography promises a surveying view, but this vantage is distant, abstract, and ahistorical. Nar­ rative, conversely, can project individual...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (3): 268–282.
Published: 01 September 2004
..., it builds toward a moment of vision at which an internal, abstract world emerges. As James Paradis argues, there is something counterintuitively roman­ tic about this process.Though natural history does not privilege the indi­ vidual moment of perception in quite the way that romanticism does...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 483–503.
Published: 01 December 2018
... something as unconditionally real (not at all as art) ” (2003: 9). Disgust forecloses the possibility of beauty and abstraction because it “penetrates the body so far as it is alive.” As an instinctual way of protecting the self from potentially harmful intrusions, disgust makes one turn away, gag...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (3): 275–305.
Published: 01 September 2006
.../literate divide serves Gilead as a “gender-supporting” device (129). If, as Ong and Havelock contend, the capacity for abstract thought and a potentially revolutionary historical perspective depend on the “perspectival distance” provided by the writ­ ten word, then an imposed orality atrophies...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (2): 255–262.
Published: 01 June 2008
... on the “open form” of the Cantos has long been a central topic of Pound scholarship, from Hugh Kenner’s The Pound Era and Timothy Materer’s Vortex through Maijorie Perloff’s The Futurist Moment, Charles Altieri’s Painterly Abstraction in Modernist American Poetry, and Vincent Sherry’s Ezra Pound...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 140–147.
Published: 01 March 2011
... study. For Acker, the value of money emerges from free choices and individual exchange that cannot be abstracted by macro-economic monetary policies (such as raising or lowering interest rates). Acker’s anti- authoritarianism, in this reading, is less a case of radical liberalism than...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): vi–ix.
Published: 01 June 2005
... is Charles Airieri, Stageberg Professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley. Among his works are The Particulars of Rapture: An Aesthetics of the Affects and Painterly Abstraction in Modernist American Poetry. His new book, The Art of Modernist American Poetry, is just out...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 307–342.
Published: 01 December 2019
.... We became commodities, all of us; imprisoned bodies of labor, holding together a patriarchal and capitalist currency so strong, it cannibalized us. —Helena María Viramontes, “Marks of the Chicana Corpus” History . . . is that ghostly (abstract in the Marxist sense) totality that articulates...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (2): 166–192.
Published: 01 June 2008
... they share an essential concern: that we notice the modern subject trembling at its implication in an alterity it can neither avoid nor understand. The trembling represents Kierkegaard’s theological critique and Levinas’s ethical critique of thought that coerces the subject into abstraction...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (3): 293–328.
Published: 01 September 2023
... of an alternative political future. But on his own account, the possibility of fulfilling that promise is compromised by the totalizing logic of the nation, a logic that works to homogenize the popular, instituting a civil society modeled on the “abstract principles” (18) of the state—law, universality, subjection...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 413–448.
Published: 01 December 2018
...) and, consequently, “all of our terms turn out to be unreal abstractions” (245). As soon as we begin to speak of experience as a phenomenon separable enough to be placed on the table for analysis, we demand that it make “reference to something real which lies outside of that experience” (248); but as Edmund...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (2): 168–195.
Published: 01 June 2010
... model of ethical responsibility, Age of Iron troubles its abstractions. For Levinas, ethics is my responsibility to the other, described as the neighbor, the widow, the orphan, whose profound destitution places my very being into question. But where Levinas insists that the other “orders me before...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (4): 538–544.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., and Levinas appearing from their perspective as another Eurocentric thinker describing ethics in the abstract without any awareness of a history of global-political injustice. Levinas’s other stripped of attributes is in this reading “blanched” (69) to a familiar whiteness (69). The first great...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 492–515.
Published: 01 December 2011
... abstract. As Jesse Matz observes, 501 David James “unlikely as it may sound, impressions were, from the start, just as much abstractions” (“Pseudo” 118). Hence, in instances where Woolf, James, or Proust refer to an impression they mean an in- tuition that is also a removal...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (1): 29–52.
Published: 01 March 2023
..., immanent in “everything,” the surfeit already involves elements of the third or “recovery” phase of the positive sublime, when the mind “displac[es] its excess of signified into a dimension of contiguity.” Indeed, the abstract language here gestures toward that moment of egotistical fulfilment when...