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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 191–216.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Mark A. Tabone This article focuses on the representation of history in African American author John A. Williams’s 1999 novel, Clifford’s Blues , a fictional account of a Black, queer American expatriate’s internment and enslavement in a Nazi concentration camp . Through a critical perspective...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (1): 75–100.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Nancy Kang This essay argues that Langston Hughes’s acclaimed short story “The Blues I’m Playing” (1934) offers provocative feminist and queer insights into “Negrotarian” patronage of the early twentieth century. Against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance, the discussion sets out to define...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (1): 78–99.
Published: 01 March 2000
...Jack Stewart Copyright © Hofstra University 2000 A “Need of Distance and Blue”: Space, Color, and Creativity in To the Lighthouse Jack Stewart shall briefly revisit Bloomsbury aesthetics and interarts theory and then focus on space and color...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (4): 531–537.
Published: 01 December 2008
...Mark Scroggins Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work , by DuPlessis Rachel Blau , Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press , 2006 . 302 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2009 Postmodernist Poetry’s “Blue Period” Blue Studios: Poetry and Its Cultural Work by Rachel...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (3): 275–294.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Thomas F. Haddox Gayl Jones’s novel Corregidora has most often been read as testament to the continuity of the traumas of slavery and sexual violence across temporal and spatial boundaries—traumas transmitted and affirmed both through familial descent and through the enduring vitality of the blues...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 187–189.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Michele Elam The winner of this year’s prize is Mark A. Tabone’s “Multidirectional Rememory: Slavery and the Holocaust in John A. Williams’s Clifford’s Blues.” The judge is Michele Elam. Elam’s scholarship and teaching in interdisciplinary humanities research spans literature and social science...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (3): 374–390.
Published: 01 September 2001
...- 375 Robert D. Hamner duces the singer Billy Blue to act as a “chorus” for editorializing and providing transitions. Billy Blue’s idiom and rhythm—his is the first voice heard in the play—provide the initial Caribbean inflection of the work: Gone sing ’bout that man because his...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (2): 191–214.
Published: 01 June 2002
... inspiration from Kenneth Burke, whose body of work has been recog­ nized as the first pre-Gramscian theory of cultural hegemony produced in America.10 It is even odder, then, that scholars continue to attribute Ellison’s theory of the blues to his reading of French existentialism when in fact what he...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (3): 417–423.
Published: 01 September 2015
... in the role of griots. … All these poems issued from the idea that the blues singer or jazz saxophone player is … the contemporary griot—a role that the poets, of course, already accepted for themselves” (9). While the role of the griot is often noted in studies of Black Arts poetry, no book has concentrated...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (2): 243–250.
Published: 01 June 2014
... significantly, his attempts to “master the South” (31), which in the 1920s was firmly established as the location of what was most authentically black. When Zora Neale Hurston wrote to Hughes from an ethnographic field trip to the South that his blues poems were “a great success with the rural...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 337–344.
Published: 01 September 2016
... in representing ecological conditions began to merge with an ethical investment in caring about the state of the environment. Cage’s silent piece, 4′33″ , serves as Schuster’s paradigmatic case study of this shift. He begins by noting how the piece continues Moore’s, Stein’s, and blues music’s efforts to move...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 213–219.
Published: 01 June 2017
... because in works that seek to disrupt “the assumed solidarity of the speaking, universal ‘I,’” each poet “gives the lyric voice to those whose mundane experiences do not register as worthy: the materializing ‘I’ is given to those whose lives ‘can not matter’” (99). Chapter 4, “Sing It in My Voice: Blues...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 305–332.
Published: 01 September 2020
..., a moment in his story when, in a New Mexican “Blue Mesa,” he discovers the remains of an American Indian village: Far up above me, a thousand feet or so, set in a great cavern in the face of the cliff, I saw a little city of stone, asleep. It was as still as sculpture—and something like that. It all hung...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (1): 1–30.
Published: 01 March 2021
... a remarkable encounter with color. The bathroom on the second floor, enclosed by painted windows, is flooded by brilliant yellow, green, blue, and red. The designs are predominantly geometric, with stripes, diamonds, circles, and zigzags resembling those in Native American textiles. Here and there they include...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (1): 1–30.
Published: 01 March 2008
... choice of the commonplace; his use of the quotidian allows a seemingly esoteric craft to join, elucidate, and cel­ ebrate democratic life. Beginning with “The Man with the Blue Guitar” and culminating in “The Auroras ofAutumn,” Stevens’s everyday poetics would show his fellow citizens...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 447–471.
Published: 01 December 2011
.... It comes as a bit of a surprise, therefore, that Mars continues to inspire works of major scope and sophistication in the 1990s and 2000s. Kim Stanley Robinson’s well-known series Red Mars (1992), Green Mars (1994), and Blue Mars (1996), Ben Bova’s trilogy Mars (1992), Return to Mars (1999...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (3): 325–354.
Published: 01 September 2001
..., the text accu­ mulates a vocabulary for the articulation of Natalia’s desires. The severe beauty to which she aspires provides the common denominator for a constellation of elements: geometry, abstraction, mathematics, ice, the ice­ like colors of blue and silver, radium, white lightning...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (3): 504–512.
Published: 01 September 2013
... Fitzgerald as a potential starting point for future critics of musical literature. Graham’s next chapter, “Make Them Black and Bid Them Sing: Musi- cal Poetry, Racial Transformation, and the Harlem Renaissance,” offers a reading of Jean Toomer’s Cane and Langston Hughes’s The Weary Blues and Fine...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (4): 681–689.
Published: 01 December 2013
... of American Cultural Studies by Jon Smith University of Georgia Press, 2013. 208 pages Robert Jackson Jason Arthur and Jon Smith long for a deeper appreciation of “violet” and “purple” rather than the polarizing red and blue they apprehend in the cultural forms and scholarly traditions around...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 60–89.
Published: 01 March 2012
... experience provides, Charity is sure that Harney has experienced “bigger places” (New York’s Fifth Avenue, in fact). When Charity sees Harney, she steps back into the house to check the reflection of her “swarthy” face in a hall mirror, wishing “for the thousandth time that she had blue eyes like...