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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 280–286.
Published: 01 June 2015
.... If disease is synonymous with diagnosis and illness with personalized experience, sickness is a relation. (2014, 11) Through this more relational definition of sickness, Houser seeks to particularize affect for the Ecosickness project, contending that “sickness is thus both material—above all, bodies...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 343–368.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Katherine D. Johnston “Profile Epistemologies, Racializing Surveillance, and Affective Counterstrategies in Claudia Rankine’s Citizen ” contextualizes contemporary data profiling and social sorting within the history of racial discrimination, surveillance, and biometrics. Through close readings...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (3): 377–398.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Amelia DeFalco 2012 Caretakers / Caregivers: Economies of Affection in Alice Munro Caretakers / Caregivers: Economies of Affection in Alice Munro Amelia DeFalco For many critics, care represents a welcome alternative to prescrip- tive patriarchal ethics, which tend to involve...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (2): 147–176.
Published: 01 June 2023
... Native Son (1940) and Alice Walker’s Meridian (1976) as two representative examples. Both novels portray what Sara Ahmed calls an “affective economy,” specifically the unequal affective economy produced by antiracism’s circulation as a cultural object. Wright considers how antiracism occasions happiness...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 423–446.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Rachel Greenwald Smith 2011 Postmodernism and the Affective Turn Postmodernism and the Affective Turn Rachel Greenwald Smith Over the past decade a growing body of criticism has emerged out of the social sciences and media studies that suggests that affects are socially...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 163–190.
Published: 01 June 2021
... vitalist philosophy, Barnes produces a “morbid vitalism,” exemplified by Dr. Matthew O’Connor, by which life and death are conceived as variant expressions of a single force, and the subject is modeled as an assemblage of affects, impersonal but inherently social, that can be understood primarily through...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 283–304.
Published: 01 September 2020
... affective transmission through innovative literary form, Woolf frees her narratives to propose alternative modes of relation. © 2020 Hofstra University 2020 affect impersonality relationality Virginia Woolf In an early scene in Virginia Woolf ’s The Voyage Out (1915), Clarissa Dalloway...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 359–384.
Published: 01 December 2021
... feeling.” Wrong feeling is a peculiarly twentieth-century phenomenon—an enactment of the modernist allergy to sentiment that nonetheless takes up modernism’s key tropes. Manifesting as affective overflowing, it has no discernible locus in either self or world and yields a series of repetitive, frustrating...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (4): 379–402.
Published: 01 December 2016
... poem Trilogy , her personae’s affective, local experiences of historical art and artifacts in museums (and museological spaces) contest the authority of the disinterested “pure gaze” assumed by the museum’s ideal seeing subject. In these works, the museum functions as a space for cultural engagements...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (2): 197–222.
Published: 01 June 2016
... a sociohistorical lens drawn from World War I nursing memoirs and medical history. Situating her behavioral antinomies within the discipline of wartime nursing demonstrates Catherine’s capability to repurpose her role as an instrument of war: through her affective labor, Catherine establishes human connections...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 239–266.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Heather Arvidson This essay traces a critique of anti-sentimentalist leftist impersonality in the critically underestimated and best-selling novel The Unpossessed (1934). Tess Slesinger’s satire parodies the deadened affect that results from programmatic refusals of subjectivity and personal life...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 483–503.
Published: 01 December 2018
... and the difficulties of witnessing. Yet, as opposed to merely marking the limits of what can be witnessed, disgust offers an alternative, affective way of encountering the pain of others that still challenges the more soothing logic of mourning and meaning-making. It has a particular countermemorial capacity...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 191–216.
Published: 01 September 2019
..., while making a number of historiographic interventions. These include inscribing a largely absent history of the experience of Black people affected by the Holocaust and the mapping of theretofore underacknowledged resonances between American and German ideologies and practices. Through its...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 79–102.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Zhao Ng This essay engages in a critique of soteriological desire, alongside its corporeal and affective correlates, mobilized in different ways in German fascism of the thirties and Djuna Barnes’s 1936 novel, Nightwood . In contrasting the “fascist body” with the “hysterical body,” I seek...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 139–162.
Published: 01 June 2021
... meet a new generation of children, agential versions of the ideal city, who share a perfect collective affect that is pitted against the temporality of narrative. United by telepathy and distinguished by “nothing you can measure or count, but [they] all feel it” ( FGC 660), the children appear...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 551–558.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Elizabeth S. Anker The Affective Life of Law: Legal Modernism and the Literary Imagination , By Reichman Ravit , Stanford University Press , 2009 . 213 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2010 Review Law,  Trauma, and Modernist Aesthetics The Affective Life of Law: Legal...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (4): 448–454.
Published: 01 December 2016
... of worry as a temporal affect by describing narrative techniques of backshadowing, sideshadowing, and foreshadowing as phenomenological responses to the perpetual worry of perpetual war. In doing so, he argues for a rereading of trauma-inflected theory through the lens of queer temporality, a phenomenon...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (4): 575–595.
Published: 01 December 2013
...- rably perhaps in the character of Infinite Jest’s Hal Incandenza, whose “anhedonia” is described as “a kind of radical abstracting of everything, a hollowing out of stuff that used to have affective content” (693).Infinite Jest also ties this condition of affectlessness to an ironic aesthetic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 237–238.
Published: 01 September 2017
...-Century Literature . § “Numb Modernism”’s conjoining of affect theory, Marxist theory, feminist readings of modernism and the radical left, and intertextual location of the novel in the 1930s produces an exemplary reading of Slesinger’s satirical novel and a persuasive analysis of previously under...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (4): 460–483.
Published: 01 December 2015
... viability of the independent Irish State” in the 1957 general election (2004, 81, 82). A World of Love explores how, in the absence of a nationalism that might replace the mythology of revolution and resistance, this “lost decade” produces a profound affective disorientation. In a 1950 essay, Bowen...