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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2010) 56 (4): 530–544.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Matthew Elliott Copyright © Hofstra University 2010 Matthew Elliott John Fante’s Ask the Dust and Fictions of  Whiteness Matthew Elliott “I could never become one of them,” Arturo Bandini declares at the end of Robert Towne’s 2006 film version of John Fante’s 1939 novel Ask...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 330–351.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Gabriel Hankins The conjunction of posthumanism and ethics asks us to reconsider both the modernist legacy of critique and poststructuralist ethical rhetorics of absolute alterity. Bruno Latour’s recent reconsideration of politics and ethics through a “nonmodern” account of nature and culture...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 71–96.
Published: 01 March 2019
... socialism and capitalism has enabled the two writers to intervene in unique ways in contemporary debates about history and memory. In its choice of themes, protagonists, and locations, their writing strongly advocates for a new transnational literature, while also asking for the development of new critical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 417–423.
Published: 01 September 2015
...John Lowney The structure of Ask Your Mama does not resemble the free jazz that subsequently informs Black Arts poetry, however. It instead resembles the more traditional improvisational dynamic of jazz jam sessions, in which musicians’ solos respond to both the theme and to other musicians...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2003) 49 (3): 360–387.
Published: 01 September 2003
... vibrant feminist theory, much of which sees asking questions as a political and gendered activity. For instance, Jane Gallop speculates that “to end with questions, not to conclude, but to be open” is as close as we may get to “a truly feminist gesture” (32). Yet if we look more...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2007) 53 (3): 394–405.
Published: 01 September 2007
... released and sold 2,652,656 copies in the first 24 hours (Guardian Unlimited). Zunshine thus seems to promise her readers— primarily students o f literature and secondarily experienced academic readers and the general reading public— that they will not be asked to struggle w ith...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2008) 54 (3): 339–361.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Neil ten Kortenaar Copyright © Hofstra University 2008 w Fearful Symmetry: Salman Rushdie and Prophetic Newness Neil ten Kortenaar I n Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses a disembodied voice asks, “How does newness come into the world? How is it born?” (8).The question, as...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2018) 64 (3): 275–294.
Published: 01 September 2018
... do for you? ” Ursa asks herself at one point; when she replies, “It helps me to explain what I can’t explain” (56), she encapsulates both the need to work through trauma and the impossibility of this work issuing forth as a narrative that can be mastered or concluded. In this essay, I propose an...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2014) 60 (2): vi–viii.
Published: 01 June 2014
... in several places and in a photograph printed early in Sebald’s text. The essay does more than to ask what Nabokov is doing in Sebald’s text and how The Emigrants recalls and relates to Nabokov’s 1951 memoir Speak, Memory, though these questions are certainly addressed. It goes further to ask...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2015) 61 (1): 128–137.
Published: 01 March 2015
... novels and the focus on America’s historical traumas in the post-1995 novels of Philip Roth, these books ask why the novels that are their subjects emphasize trauma to the extent that they do. Their answers are different because their subjects are different, but both Bachner and Pozorski’s books...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2008) 54 (2): 193–216.
Published: 01 June 2008
... nine cases out of ten the result of indepen­ dent means” (100), Forster is asking us not only to notice how money conditions one’s inner life but also to contemplate the effects of calling attention to this fact. While these observations might seem generally re­ ductive, actually they are...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2004) 50 (3): 331–335.
Published: 01 September 2004
... regional as opposed to national phenomenon. The correspondence between W right and Fisher over the ending supports this conclusion; Fisher, wanting Wright to further differentiate between the “violent brutality” of Southern rac­ ism and the “hypocrisy” of Northern racism, asked if...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2008) 54 (3): 396–400.
Published: 01 September 2008
..., poetry must ask—and Lowney suggests that it has asked, consistently, since midcentury—what sort of efficacy and in accomplishing what? One could say specifically that for Lowney, the poems he has selected for critical discussion constitute as much metahistorical models as they do historical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2006) 52 (1): 92–95.
Published: 01 March 2006
... conflicted network of loosely or strongly affiliated discur­ sive practices. It is in this sense that jazz-inspired circumlocutions (rather than heavy-handed cultural theories) ring truest. In a lucid discussion of a well-known Hughes poem, Edwards rhetorically asks: Does “Jazz Band in a Parisian...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2005) 51 (1): 25–42.
Published: 01 March 2005
... first telephone conversation, after Neil has held Brenda’s glasses at the swimming pool of the Green Lane Country Club but when she still does not know who he is, his description of his swarthy appear­ ance leads her to ask him, “Are you a Negro?” (7). This equation of the middle-class Jew...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2012) 58 (2): 238–266.
Published: 01 June 2012
...] individual and collaborative narrative authority,” but also calls to readers, asking them (in a version of Le Guin’s mother tongue) “to respond as listeners and participants in the work of storytelling” (118). This structure also teaches readers how to listen and respond in constructive ways. Through...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2009) 55 (2): vi–vii.
Published: 01 June 2009
... hardly ask of literary criticism. The Andrew J. Kappel Prize in Literary Criticism, named for the late critic and esteemed deputy editor of Twentieth-Century Literature, is awarded annually to the author (or authors) of a work submitted to the journal during the preceding year that is judged to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2012) 58 (1): 178–186.
Published: 01 March 2012
... its afterlives—which she calls “the continuing resonances in the present of failed social movements and the dreams that drove them” (5). She examines the radical potential of prophecies in dif- ferent historical moments, even after they fail, and asks: What dreams do these failures keep alive...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2013) 59 (1): 164–173.
Published: 01 March 2013
... readable and, frankly, a lot of fun. It is clearly born out of the frustrations and revelations that must arise when teaching women’s poetry. Students invariably stumble over contradictions, they are uncomfortable with ideologically driven readings, they ask the “wrong” questions. Students don’t...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 101–110.
Published: 01 March 2018
... line speaks to Wittgenstein’s inclination to dissolve , rather than solve, philosophical problems; instead of offering new answers to questions that have traditionally preoccupied philosophers, Wittgenstein often suggests that such questions are not worth asking in the first place, since they rely on...