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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2001) 47 (4): 510–544.
Published: 01 December 2001
... postcolonization literature: the tendency to assume that any devi­ ation from “linear” narrative is disruptive of colonialist hegemony. Booker rightly points out that this assumption lumps Marxist anticolonial histo­ ries into the same category as imperial propaganda ("Midnight’s Children He might have added...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2004) 50 (3): 331–335.
Published: 01 September 2004
... ethnic writing. His five case studies—the careers o f William Faulkner, Richard Wright, Ernest Gaines, Rolando Hinojosa, and Leslie Marmon Silko— are chosen to illustrate the evolu­ tion of authenticity as a category of judgment from the regional to the ethnic, with Richard Wright...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2012) 58 (4): 688–693.
Published: 01 December 2012
... Democracy, and focusing on the importance of the category of genius for, of all things, American feminist arguments made in the decades before and after the advent of women’s suffrage. Clearly, this is not the genius talk we thought we knew. “Let us own ourselves, our earnings, our genius!” cried...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2013) 59 (1): 189–195.
Published: 01 March 2013
... kind of corpus can be defined under this rubric? What characterizes the qualifier “Muslim”? Why is it important that this religious category even exist as distinct from ethnic and national designations? Writing Muslim Identity is an exploratory work that seeks to test the category of Muslim...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2010) 56 (2): 269–276.
Published: 01 June 2010
.... In What America Read, Hutner identifies a category of fiction written between 1920 and 1960 that he calls, variously, middle-class realism, bourgeois fiction, social realism, the problem novel, or even simply “better” fiction. Unlike the “best” literature, the “better” category refers to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2012) 58 (1): 150–158.
Published: 01 March 2012
... Silliman’s perpetual sorting of poets into such categories on his popular blog. I mention this to suggest that, in a sense, the distinction in question here has, as a secret object, the contemporary moment. These categories, that is, not only constitute a set of truth-claims about modernism or...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2011) 57 (3-4): 291–308.
Published: 01 December 2011
... condition of possibility for returning to the category of the postmodern. In so doing, this special 291Twentieth-Century Literature 57.3 & 57.4 Fall/Winter 2011 291 issue explores how postmodernism means, when it can be thought of as not only the present but also the recent past, not...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2009) 55 (2): 262–268.
Published: 01 June 2009
... momentary harmony by a poetics of filial love and identity” (106). This parenthetical parataxis provides one of many examples of a central liability of Mooney’s method. Put simply, such a list tends to reduce the discrete operations of these diverse categories of regulation into serial instances of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2012) 58 (2): ix–x.
Published: 01 June 2012
... a destabilizing effect, but it had not occurred to me that one stability Woolf targeted was the human itself as a category that aspired to the status of self-evidence. The essay is masterful in its argu- ment, beautifully written, and well-deserving of this year’s prize. Twentieth-Century...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2015) 61 (4): 528–534.
Published: 01 December 2015
... World Literature in Latin America argues strongly for Latin America’s centrality to the development of “world literature” as a category in modern intellectual life. Siskind combines exemplary exposition with a convincing array of analyses, with the result that Cosmopolitan Desires will be of great...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2009) 55 (3): 357–377.
Published: 01 September 2009
... Literature 55.3 Fall 2009 357 Bridget T. Chalk zenship seems to elude the fixed categories created and maintained by racist oppression in the early twentieth century and to offer alternative ways of making do in circuits of nationalism, capitalism, and imperial- ism.1 The title...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2006) 52 (2): 231–236.
Published: 01 June 2006
..., gen­ der, race, and religion in their texts and in their lives by making different subject categories available to them and enabling or preventing particular modes of expression. (2) The book displays Miller’s characteristic ability to plumb deep into poetry while simultaneously...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2007) 53 (4): 530–534.
Published: 01 December 2007
... categories to new uses) to bigger claims. The book is regularly punctuated by such confident moves, which add up to a total (but not totalizing) theory of South African spatial relations. Barnard provides us with equally lucid introductions to both the literature and the theory she employs...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2005) 51 (3): 373–377.
Published: 01 September 2005
... of the poet. Chapters explore the primary categories for thinking about the relation of reading to fiction: readers, authors, plots, and values. Each chapter includes a summary of basic issues in the field, a description of ways that feminist Twentieth-Century Literature 51.3 Fall 2005...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2006) 52 (1): 92–95.
Published: 01 March 2006
...” [Ada Smith] or Josephine Baker, for example—do not fit comfortably into these categories.) Even when I find myself disagreeing with Edwards—I think he undervalues the specifically nationalist dimension of Harlem Renaissance cultural discourse, for example—I cannot help but admire the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2012) 58 (3): 399–438.
Published: 01 September 2012
... space because she knew it was not absolute. The political realignments that followed World War II made quite clear that geographic categories were subject to change, and the expanding reach of US influence far beyond national borders tested the function of such categories to provide limit or...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2011) 57 (3-4): 354–363.
Published: 01 December 2011
... “humanism”—or even “totality”—seen to be postmodernism’s opposite.)1 If postmodern- ism’s urgency as a category of analysis—as a condition (Jameson), or as a poetics (Hutcheon)—no longer carries the same relevance it did even ten years ago, then specificity, a modicum of precision, is yet...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2004) 50 (2): 107–140.
Published: 01 June 2004
... of the silenced history of actual experience demonstrates that hybridity is a constructed category. Furthermore, the construction of this category occurs unevenly within specific historical contexts, and its imposition on a body of people, often not by the choice of those so described, can...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2009) 55 (4): 510–546.
Published: 01 December 2009
..., making Du Bois’s attempt to reject biology but preserve race circular (“Uncompleted Argument” 27). If Du Bois’s argument can work only by appealing to a bankrupt biological category on the one hand or to a conceptual circle on the other, it would indeed seem to be “uncompleted,” as Appiah puts...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2012) 58 (4): 582–605.
Published: 01 December 2012
... good reason. Though the categories do align with social groups at the beginning of the novel, over the course of the novel, one by one, all of the male characters come to be associated with sentimen- talism. The most striking example of this is Elmer Moffatt, who, at first glance, seems to...