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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 411–416.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Nell Wasserstrom Out of Character: Modernism, Vitalism, Psychic Life , by Moses Omri . Stanford : Stanford University Press , 2014 . 296 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2015 In Western cultural history, the concept of “character”—in both psychological and literary...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2002) 48 (2): 215–238.
Published: 01 June 2002
...Marina MacKay Copyright © Hofstra University 2003 w Catholicism, Character, and the Invention of the Liberal Novel Tradition Marina MacKay O ne issue that preoccupied novelists in the decades after the Second World War was how to reconcile their inherited idea of the self with...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2015) 61 (2): 173–208.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Elizabeth Steedley Concentrating on characterizations of Catholicism in The Good Soldier , “Fordian Confiteor” argues that Ford Madox Ford’s characters turn to religious stereotypes and unauthorized forms of confession in a disastrous attempt to secure themselves against monumental changes in...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2016) 62 (3): 289–308.
Published: 01 September 2016
... postmodern relationship between the author and his or her characters. Such a newly envisioned dynamic has been understood as fiction’s response to the theoretical debate about the so-called death of the author and, more broadly, to the posthumanist discourse on the dissolution of the liberal-humanist subject...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2018) 64 (4): 449–482.
Published: 01 December 2018
... anthropological, heritage—when she represents characters’ undeserved, uncompensated pains. Woolf’s thinking aligns her with Charles Darwin in the natural sciences. Like Darwin, Woolf makes tragic chance inseparable from the theater of life. This essay reads Woolf’s oft-cited rejection of teleological form and her...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2015) 61 (2): 232–263.
Published: 01 June 2015
... insistence on the gratuitous, even anachronistic racialization of all his characters. When Naipaul’s novel repeatedly falls back upon Hegelian paradigms to characterize the peoples of Africa—they are outside History, stuck in perpetual childhood, lack self-reflection—it is not surprising that the master...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 1–20.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Jay Rajiva This essay argues that at the center of Coetzee’s reading of Robinson Crusoe lies the exposure of the Christian secret in both the colonial enterprises of the characters and the authorial presences of Defoe and Coetzee. My argument draws on Jacques Derrida’s The Gift of Death , which...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 145–166.
Published: 01 March 2019
... the spread of Russian corruption abroad through a focus on immigrants and their visitors. Bezmozgis’s and Litman’s characters are prevented from going back to former Soviet Republics by their intense dislike of the moral corruption in their former homeland. In Absurdistan (2006), by contrast...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 167–186.
Published: 01 March 2019
... socialism and capitalism in the post-9/11 moment. These female characters drive change as well as navigate it, showing that gender is central to the creation, embodiment, and performance of knowledge. The focus on women protagonists as primary producers of a transnational knowledge—one that bridges US and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2018
... humanism and antihumanism, publishing many of the major literary works cited by poststructuralist thinkers. This editorial sensibility found its roots in the class character of the press, which was headed by affluent radical Barney Rosset. Drawing on close readings of key publications, as well as of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 79–100.
Published: 01 March 2018
..., Wharton claims, requires drawing a sharp distinction between the private-intellectual and social-practical realms or, as one of her characters puts it, between the “things you read about” and the “things you do.” Curiosity, if it is to be sanctioned by Wharton, must be quarantined to the former sphere, to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2015) 61 (1): 63–91.
Published: 01 March 2015
... subjects that traditional elegy erases. By putting elegy into the mouth of a male character, Bernard, Woolf minimizes the risk of being taken for a writer of sentimental literature, the literary domain into which female writers were frequently shunted. Bernard’s elegy is shaped by a public school...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2007) 53 (3): 394–405.
Published: 01 September 2007
...- Twentieth-Century Literature 53.3 Fall 2007 394 Review tions w ith literary texts from this new perspective not only offers a new vocabulary for something we’ve always done— search out and explore the beliefs and motives o f characters— but also allows some new speculation about why people...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2013) 59 (2): 351–359.
Published: 01 June 2013
... include a “com- pensatory vision” (28) granted to female characters, and an emphasis on “gender role fluidity”: 352 Review Despite having plots including conventional romance, none of these works portray heterosexual courtship or marriage as the dominant or defining...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2014) 60 (2): 251–258.
Published: 01 June 2014
...- spectacle’ narratives” (7), she shows the ways they call into question the appeal of conformity and propaganda and in this way “challenge the illusion of harmony and unity in Nazi ideology” (10). Early in the book, however, Spiro’s strong characterization of  Woolf, Barnes, and Isherwood as...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2009) 55 (4): 629–633.
Published: 01 December 2009
... alternative to the literary Darwinism associated with Joseph Carroll and his school. In so doing he has spoken to another of my pre-existing notions, that critics ought not analyze the minds of literary characters as though they were the minds of real people. As his starting point, Flesch...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2012) 58 (2): ix–x.
Published: 01 June 2012
... scientific humanist arrogance that lies behind the character of Dr. Bradshaw in the novel. It expands our understanding of Septimus and allows us to take more seriously some of his more seemingly marginal comments and thoughts about animals. And it astutely delineates the Darwinian undertone to the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2002) 48 (1): 50–76.
Published: 01 March 2002
... contrast, are an­ guish over our responsibility in choosing (351) and despair because we know we may rely only on “that which is within our wills” (357). Narrative freedom, the “freedom” of fictional characters (or the il­ lusion of it) from their authors, is a metaphor for freedom from God...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2012) 58 (3): 515–523.
Published: 01 September 2012
... eschews linear plot, instead finding “harmony in random incidents and events” that share no “organic unity”; she passes up opportunities for character analysis that would be irresistible in Mrs Dalloway, a “novel version of the essay.” Mrs Dalloway, which recalls the essay-protagonist’s walk...
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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...