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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (3): 317–346.
Published: 01 September 2018
... inadvertently drawn into wartime intrigues, forcing her to turn vigilante in an effort to expose abuses of power at the highest levels of government. Although farfetched, these pulp fictions may, in fact, contain a kernel of truth. Following (the real) Woolf’s theory that “bad books are not the mirrors...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (4): 467–476.
Published: 01 December 2022
... sexual abuse in a selection of twentieth- and twenty-first-century short stories and novels by some of Ireland’s most studied writers. Backus and Valente begin their preface by identifying what they see as a subgenre of modern Irish writing in which authors figure sex scandals and taboo sexuality...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (3): 293–324.
Published: 01 September 2001
... of her choices. Sophie’s status as a victim is further complicated by the multiple ways in which she is abused. Not only must she choose between her children, but also Sophie is berated by a cruel father, married off to a cruel hus­ band, widowed, left to fend in desperation for her children...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (2): 262–268.
Published: 01 June 2009
... to avoid one. Thus she interprets Humbert’s ironic deployment of confessional tropes as evi- dence of “his attempt to censor or block out our ethical apprehension of the abused child Dolores and tempt us to read her as an exotic, desiring, and desired other” (139). She then in essence extracts from...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (3): 348–361.
Published: 01 September 2002
... an equine “autobiography.” H er protagonist’s experiences could only have befallen a horse, but his voice and emotions are recognizably human. This divided, anthropomorphic narrative subjectivity facilitates the author’s project o f inspiring sympa­ thy for the plight o f abused...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (1): 83–104.
Published: 01 March 2023
... in the context of sexual abuse: “In Ovid’s myth, Philomela is turned into a nightingale by the gods to escape [her sexual abuser and brother-in-law, Tereus], but he continues to pursue her in the form of the hawkish hoopoe.” 11 May (2004 : 105) not only traces Mala’s final cereus cutting at the Paradise...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (4): 513–518.
Published: 01 December 2017
.... The medical experiments performed on Cee’s uterus without her consent represent the return of what US medical history has repressed: the abuse of black people’s bodies in the name of scientific research. In her chapter on Morrison’s latest novel, Wyatt proposes that God Help the Child (2015) revisits...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 125–146.
Published: 01 March 2020
... Rising suggests that Red Dragon ’s Dr. Lecter also remains locked inside a cage of his own trauma, and recasts Hannibal Lecter’s fraught relationship with Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal as romantic and redemptive, despite its eventual dissent into abuse and brainwashing...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (4): 437–466.
Published: 01 December 2005
... of the two selves. Instead of submitting to abuse while inwardly resisting by imagining another self, a victim may at times protect herself in the real world while another part of herself is content to continue with the dangerous encounter. Through her ambivalent pain, Sasha tells René to take her...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (2): 243–250.
Published: 01 June 2014
... Selected Poems with the slam that “Every time I read Langston Hughes I am amazed by his genuine gifts—and depressed that he has done so little with them.”  Ten years later and Lindsay Patterson, in the New York Times, referred to Hughes as the most critically abused poet in America. Both would...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (4): 455–480.
Published: 01 December 2014
... assault on welfare mothers. His protagonist, Oscar, is a poverty lawyer who specializes in divorce cases; most of his clients are poor white, Latina, and African American women seeking to escape their abusive husbands in order to receive AFDC benefits. Oscar initially characterizes the War...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (2): v–vii.
Published: 01 June 2003
...—an animal itself entangled in the labyrinth of commodification, spectacle, violence, abuse, and at times even a crazed sacrificialism attesting to the darker side of carnivalesque excess. These brief comments may be enough to indicate that in what it does, in the way it does...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (3): 283–316.
Published: 01 September 2004
... readers in feelings unavailable to them in their real-life encounters with “officialdom”: We must have not only the fullest treatment of the temptations, vanities, abuses, and absurdities of office, but all its dreams, its sense of constructive order, its consolations, its...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (3): 243–272.
Published: 01 September 2022
... to Los Angeles and encountered Bea Franco, a migrant fleeing domestic abuse, with whom he had a two-week affair. Whatever his interest in spontaneous composition, Kerouac’s fictionalization of this affair is clearly carefully crafted, a self-aware parable that reflects on intersections of poverty...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (2): 185–206.
Published: 01 June 2020
..., letting the attack happen without interference, and in this moment she recognizes just how alone she is and that, if she is to survive, she’ll have to learn to navigate this new space, including the constant threat of sexual abuse. Where before the rape, she calls her writing “nothing,” “just some...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (2): 129–165.
Published: 01 June 2008
... this last claim while discussing “Desire and the Black Masseur,” where a masseur beats his willing client and in this way brings him to his first orgasm.11 The abuse escalates until the masseur kills the client and eats his corpse. I agree with Summers that the story is an “al­ legory of the effects...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (3): 462–494.
Published: 01 September 2012
... erotic femininity is measured by the degree to which she needs to be hurt, needs to be pos- sessed, needs to be abused, needs to submit, needs to be beaten” (104-5). Rochester does not understand his wife’s desires—“she was a stranger to me, a stranger who did not think or feel as I did” (55...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 54–69.
Published: 01 March 2011
...,” and to Alan, “C was silent” 64 Questions of Hospitality in Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year (Diary 172, 175). Hospitality, drained of its Law, leaves people open to abuse from the laws: that is the argument J.C. seems to make in his Strong Opinions and the problem that he himself faces...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (3): 385–390.
Published: 01 September 2005
... the violent expulsions of Chinamen from West Coast towns in the late nineteenth century and the established record of Asians resisting and contesting abuses, both through organized strikes and protests and in the courts, in 386 Review order to establish both the existence...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 385–391.
Published: 01 September 2020
... (8), but be suspicious when Mayakovsky hurls abuses at rival modernist groups. By what criteria does one deserve to be admitted as a trustworthy testimony on the essence of modernist culture, while the other is relegated to the epiphenomena of “factional battles for artistic legitimacy” (27...