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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (2): 170–196.
Published: 01 June 2016
..., however, challenges this conventional reading. Setting the text against the emerging superhighway ethic-which values the individuated automobile over established communities, conquest of nature over integration with nature, and productivity over all else-reveals a more nuanced and forceful critique...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (2): 171–192.
Published: 01 June 2000
... of self that were nonnegotiable. Looking back, Ginsberg would confirm that his new long poem, “The Green Automobile,” was his “first breakthrough as a poet”: “First time I let my imagination and desire dominate over what, in the men­ tal hospital, I had been taught to accept as an adjustment...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): 244–248.
Published: 01 June 2005
... of swooning and gushing. Instead, he justifies his enthusiasms, and not all fans of contemporary poetry will share them, like the crack car me­ chanic who rates a particular automobile above most others because he can tell you what every belt, valve, and piston does. Whether it ponders...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (2): 167–191.
Published: 01 June 2004
... of that poem’s “high-strung automobiles” (128), and the allusion to “Manners” identifies what in that poem makes the rural manners of Bishop’s grandfather seem so absurdly out of place: When automobiles went by, The dust hid the people’s faces, But we shouted ‘Good day! Good day! Fine...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (3): 285–315.
Published: 01 September 2005
... their own camp equipment and camp out in this lovely spot.” The photo below lets travelers know that “In winter, the bobsled replaces the automobile,” as several visiting men glide along a wintry road and gaze at snow-covered trees (52). Taken together, the photos render nature a spectacle...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 147–172.
Published: 01 June 2015
..., and when another senator objects, citing the “vapidness” and inferior quality of the nation’s “recent automobile designs,” Sunraider defends the auto industry: American cars are “the best in the world,” he asserts, and blames any tarnishing of their reputation on African American ownership, specifically...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 461–472.
Published: 01 December 2019
... futurism (5). Morrison’s somewhat overwhelmingly expansive notion of “science and technology” comes through in a series of catalogs that seem to map the range, variety, and centrality of scientific innovation to the modernist moment. “This was the age,” he tells us, “of the automobile, airplane...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (2): 238–268.
Published: 01 June 2000
... a series of press ar­ ticles in which he claimed to be unmoved by Marinetti’s “automobilism . . . the extraordinary childishness of the Latins over mechanical inventions, aeroplanes, machinery, etc.” since “the English practically invented this civi­ lization that Signor Marinetti has come to preach...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 209–231.
Published: 01 June 2015
... artists allied against the police, the church, and the masses hypnotized by the “skyscrapers,” “automobiles,” and “visiting stars ” newly exported to the modernizing nation (385, 388). The American patois suggested by Porter’s storyteller, theorized by Jolas in the early transition years...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (1): 77–99.
Published: 01 March 2002
... with the Arab world and thus to maintain the increasingly vital supply of oil needed to fuel the Ameri­ can automobiles that constituted 20 percent of the American gross na­ tional product. In Remains, because of the drive of American economic self-interest, the Americans, while charming, are also...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (1): 126–156.
Published: 01 March 2013
... was making a continuous present a continuous beginning again and again, the way they do in making automobiles or anything” (251). And yet in the same work she writes of the utter dullness of mass production: “I detach myself from the earth being round and mechanical civilizations being over and orga...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (2): 219–245.
Published: 01 June 2003
... to Norcross’s personal needs (she was in a cast following an automobile accident) or the various farm animals, she read the James books she had brought with her, filling 57 legal-size pages with quotations.42 After returning to Brook­ lyn, she took several weeks to finish the essay. “Be thankful,” she...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 109–138.
Published: 01 June 2021
..., a model house priced to sell [to] an ‘average’ family, farm equipment, 1959 automobiles, boats, sporting equipment and a children’s playground” ( Saturday 1959). The exhibition provided the arena for the infamous “Kitchen Debate” between Nixon and Khrushchev, in which Nixon flaunted the domestic bounties...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (3): 305–335.
Published: 01 September 2014
... well: it was written for Ernest Nelson, a mere acquaintance whose sudden death in an automobile accident had touched the poet (Fisher 141). The second stanza plays upon the idea of intimate address or “pillow talk” in its reference to thoughts delivered “From the white coverlet and pillow...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (2): 129–160.
Published: 01 June 2018
... at intervals and left to endure like that. This also came from something he had read in his boyhood. And from a newspaper item he had read quite recently there came the image of the man who had spent six days ill in his automobile in a thickly populated street in New Haven, able only now and then to ask...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 391–422.
Published: 01 December 2011
...,” “bloody and frightened”—answers to the mix of horror and beauty, fear and desire, which typifies Ballard’s work and which is encoded more generally in what Enda Duffy has recently termed the adrenaline aesthetic of modern cultural engagements with the automobile. Moreover, the crash that here...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 307–342.
Published: 01 December 2019
... (1991 : 31–32) notes, the Depression era and the image of the covered wagon have a long-standing and intimate attachment in US literary and cultural productions, despite the fact that many 1930s agricultural migrants reached California by bus, train, and primarily automobile (33). Viramontes thus...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (4): 427–460.
Published: 01 December 2002
... expensive automobile, hence a decline misrepresented as apotheosis.3 In Browning’s closet drama Pippa Passes (1841), a young girl from the silk mills of Asolo hopes to improve everyone she encounters on her annual holiday. As she passes by singing “God’s in his heaven— / All’s right...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (1): 46–81.
Published: 01 March 2003
... mation of one or another aspect of my individuality” (109). The Persian of Gurdjieff’s introduction goes on to recount an anec­ dote about some sparrows sitting on a ledge and bemoaning the fact that for all their smoke and rattle, automobiles cannot be counted on to produce road apples...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): 210–243.
Published: 01 June 2005
... was wearing when they met, and he curled up in Lolita’s bed with Charlotte’s accusing letters. Ironically, both of Humbert’s wives were driven away: Valeria by her lover the taxi driver and Charlotte by the Packard that drags her down the street to her death. Deliverance by automobile, a deus ex...