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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2017) 63 (2): 213–219.
Published: 01 June 2017
...Hollis Robbins Freedom Time: The Poetics and Politics of Black Experimental Writing , by Reed Anthony . Johns Hopkins University Press , 2014 . 280 pages. Copyright © 2017 Hofstra University 2017 The recurring challenge for faculty designing survey or special topics poetry...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2009) 55 (2): 269–278.
Published: 01 June 2009
...John C. Charles Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual , by Reid-Pharr Robert , New York : New York University Press , 2007 . 208 pages. © 2015 by Hofstra University 2009 Review Desire, Agency, and Black American Subjectivity Once You Go...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2009) 55 (4): 510–546.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Dana Carluccio Copyright © Hofstra University 2009 Dana Carluccio The Evolutionary Invention of Race: W. E. B. Du Bois’s “Conservation” of Race and George Schuyler’s Black No More Dana Carluccio For humanities scholars debating the contours of W. E. B. Du Bois’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2018) 64 (3): 371–378.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Rachel Farebrother Race and the Totalitarian Century: Geopolitics in the Black Literary Imagination , by Rasberry Vaughn . Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press , 2016 . 496 pages. Copyright © 2018 Hofstra University 2018 Totalitarianism has been a defining concept and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2014) 60 (4): 481–512.
Published: 01 December 2014
...Shane Graham Copyright © Hofstra University 2014 A Black Atlantic Web: South African Literature, Langston Hughes, and Negritude Cultural Exchange in a Black Atlantic Web: South African Literature, Langston Hughes, and Negritude Shane Graham Ezekiel Mphahlele once wrote that Ebony...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2018) 64 (2): 161–190.
Published: 01 June 2018
...Jung-Suk Hwang Contextualizing American Pastoral within Newark’s history from the 1940s to the 1990s, including the 1967 riots and their continuing effects, Philip Roth contrasts this poor black city with the protagonist’s idealized image of America—a wealthy WASP suburb. Although largely neglected...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2012) 58 (3): 495–514.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Peter Stoneley 2012 O’Hara, Blackness, and the Primitive O’Hara, Blackness, and the Primitive Peter Stoneley Since the publication of Brad Gooch’s City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O’Hara (1993), those who care to know about the poet’s personal life will know that O’Hara had...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2017) 63 (2): 115–140.
Published: 01 June 2017
... concerned with documenting segregation, but focused instead on racial capitalism, black history, internationalism, and on the ways “race” had meaning in postwar United States. Although he has remained largely absent from black literary histories, Mayfield was a prolific figure connected to numerous moments...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2015) 61 (2): 147–172.
Published: 01 June 2015
... Cadillac on a US senator’s lawn to protest the senator’s racist pronouncements, I argue that Ellison adopts expressive strategies of black vernacular culture—the ritual of the dozens and African American automotive consumption—to explicate a singular conception of literary commitment, one that seeks...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2015) 61 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 March 2015
... commitment to the idea that these histories are defined by racial sentiments against blacks and Jews, respectively. This essay considers Styron’s commitment to the economic explanation alongside the fate of that explanation in Robert William Fogel and Stanley Engerman’s controversial history of slavery, Time...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2018) 64 (3): 295–316.
Published: 01 September 2018
... patrons. By depicting her encounters with these women as scenes of transcendence, odd staring, and rough contact, Hurston poses eruptive play as a risk all bodies, even those of black women who have historically been denied corporeal sovereignty, must consider taking. Hurston turns the strange mechanics...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 417–423.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., Jean-Philippe Marcoux quotes the poet Lorenzo Thomas on the figure of the African griot during the Black Arts Movement. Explaining how avant-garde jazz musicians are portrayed as griots in the New Black Poetry, Thomas writes: “Between 1960 and 1970 an outpouring of poems focused on musicians in the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2014) 60 (3): 397–404.
Published: 01 September 2014
...Mollie Godfrey Abandoning the Black Hero: Sympathy and Privacy in the Postwar African American White-Life Novel , by Charles John , Rutgers University Press , 2012 . 280 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2014 Review Reviews “White-Life” Literature Reconsidered...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2006) 52 (1): 22–41.
Published: 01 March 2006
...Anthony Dawahare Copyright © Hofstra University 2006 The Gold Standard of Racial Identity in Nella Larsen s Quicksand and Passing Anthony Dawahare Gold? yellow, glittering, precious gold? Thus much of this will make black white, foul fair, Wrong right, base noble, old...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2010) 56 (3): 371–395.
Published: 01 September 2010
... Fisk Writers’ Conference and met young black radicals there, a transforming event for her politically and poetically.1 Already a mature and established poet (she had won the Pulitzer Prize in 1950), by 1967 Brooks had published three major volumes of poetry—A Street in Bronzeville (1945), Annie...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2014) 60 (1): 79–98.
Published: 01 March 2014
... for the vice-presidency of a local bank. Doing some genealogical research for his father, however, he accidentally discovers that he is one-thirty-second part black. This family secret eventually comes out and, because of this “one drop” of blackness, he “becomes” black and suffers all of the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2013) 59 (1): 174–180.
Published: 01 March 2013
... postrac[ial] era, they must choose whether to position the color line as central or to put it on the outer horizon of their narratives. And they must choose whether to take up the black culture-directed legacy of segregation writ- ers such as Hurston and . . . Hughes or to take...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2014) 60 (2): 243–250.
Published: 01 June 2014
... authenticity are formulated than in how well or poorly a writer conforms to them. And Hughes emerges here as the defining figure in establishing racial “authenticity” as a “supreme criterion of African American literature” (12), a criterion which would be endorsed in the Black Arts era and again in the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2012) 58 (3): 439–461.
Published: 01 September 2012
... free blacks poured themselves into the stories of the Exodus. In novels, hymns, songs, poems, speeches, and sermons, African Americans cast themselves in the role of the Israelites, enslaved but chosen by God for a glorious new freedom, oppressed but selected for a divine destiny. Indeed, in...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2012) 58 (2): 238–266.
Published: 01 June 2012
... rejected each other’s literary aesthetic approaches to representations of racial black- ness, they shared a political aesthetic approach—an approach I will define below as “voice work”—to the emergent political power of black female voice in the United States. The now infamous mutual literary...