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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2017) 63 (4): 513–518.
Published: 01 December 2017
... contribution to Morrison studies because it focuses on the formal properties of Morrison’s works and because it adds to the sparse criticism on the later novels, including the most recent, God Help the Child (2015). In this accessible and precise study, Wyatt’s purpose is threefold: she uses a psychoanalytic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2014) 60 (3): 336–366.
Published: 01 September 2014
... also disavow) a fragile fiction: the coherent adult male ego. It is not surprising that Smith scents both the instability and deep irony beneath these gendered constructions of adulthood, nor that some of her most withering critiques are aimed at dismantling them. Whether the child is cast as a...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2003) 49 (4): 472–493.
Published: 01 December 2003
... perhaps an easy target. But Smith also takes on Wordsworth. A number of her poems start with titles or lines of Wordsworth’s most famous poems. Smith is particularly distrustful ofWordsworth’s professed access to vision through children, or the idea that the child has access to a knowledge of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2014) 60 (3): 273–304.
Published: 01 September 2014
...,” the famous case study of Little Hans, Freud describes a meeting with his former patient thirteen years after the publication of the original case study in 1909. Once a child with a crippling fear of horses, Hans is “now a strapping youth of nineteen” (148) who appears healthy and normal. One...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2002) 48 (2): 150–173.
Published: 01 June 2002
...” (Nights and Days, 1966). (Although confes­ sionals are usually associated with free verse, Merrill follows an older con­ vention in unlocking his heart through the sonnet.) In the middle sonnet of “The Broken Home,” Merrill as the “child I was” enters his mother’s bedroom with his “satyr-thighed...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2004) 50 (2): 107–140.
Published: 01 June 2004
... unrecognizable other is displaced through the construction of a knowable other fashioned in the colonizer’s own image. The identity of that knowable other is based on difference—the inferior, degraded, “bastard” child that secures the “pure” and original identity of colonial authority and its right to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2016) 62 (2): 240–245.
Published: 01 June 2016
... invaders practicing gang rape by holding her two-year-old son (the future author of the book) close to her; or the death of his sister and grandmother during the long trek of a “population transfer” westward from Silesia. The most enlightening italicized episodes in the book relate to the child’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2009) 55 (2): 262–268.
Published: 01 June 2009
... projects her own moral framework onto a text that makes considerable effort to avoid one. Thus she interprets Humbert’s ironic deployment of confessional tropes as evi- dence of “his attempt to censor or block out our ethical apprehension of the abused child Dolores and tempt us to read her as an...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2004) 50 (2): 167–191.
Published: 01 June 2004
... is itself a form of tribute to what he. has attempted to learn from Bishop’s example. §. Telling the story of his upbringing and maturation in A Different Person, Merrill considers characters in terms of what he learned from their man­ ners and style. Central to this story is the “child’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2009) 55 (4): 597–617.
Published: 01 December 2009
... colour” (Dubow, “The Elaboration of Segregationist Ideology” 156).5 Petrus already has an established fam- ily with his first wife, his second wife is pregnant, and he plans to take Lucy as a third wife, both for her safety and because she is bearing the child of his “people.” With his Land...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2018) 64 (2): 247–258.
Published: 01 June 2018
... thoughtful arrangement ensures that we focus on the central figure. With his back turned to us, the slender boy stands upright on a rug, holding aloft the head of a muscular reptile whose lithe body coils twice around his torso. The fact that the creature clothes the child’s chest and back means that the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2002) 48 (2): 117–149.
Published: 01 June 2002
... home from the sanitarium by Bishop’s widowed mother. The narrator is a child of five, watching as her grandmother and aunts tend her mother, a mysterious, 129 Heather Cass White nervous woman referred to only as “she,” who is having her first non­ mourning dress made. The story reverses the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2008) 54 (4): 472–492.
Published: 01 December 2008
..., was pointedly inaccurate: the “grown-up” poet who speaks “In the Waiting Room” invented the riveting photographs that the child Elizabeth sees in “National Geographic, / February, 1918” (Complete Poems 160). Bishop’s photofiction is not news. Already 15 years ago, Brett Millier observed that...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2000) 46 (3): 269–284.
Published: 01 September 2000
... eye squint as he lines up his next pass, or his son’s slender arm stiffen as he dreams of one day driving the team himself. The scene provides an ideal opportunity for poetic melancholy. The child, grown up, discovers like the creator of another cold pastoral that he may never enter the world...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2012) 58 (1): 90–116.
Published: 01 March 2012
... husband and a child matches that of other poems in Grace Notes and Dove’s biography, tempting us to conflate the “I” with the historical self. The poem begins confessionally, with frank, if good-humored self-exposure: 96 Rita Dove’s Poetic Expeditions Each evening I see my breasts...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2013) 59 (2): 232–259.
Published: 01 June 2013
... eighteenth-century antiquarian work of Bishop Percy and Robert Burns, among others, formalized in the mid-nineteenth century by the unsurpassed scholarship of Harvard professor Francis Child, and reoriented in the 1930s with recording technology and anthropological approaches to field work. It’s fair...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2007) 53 (2): vi–x.
Published: 01 June 2007
... their ideas in their interests—economic, psychological, or corporeal.” I began my read­ ing of this essay with a child’s attitude toward eating her vegetables, or in consonance with the primary figurative path of the essay, not very interested in a “happy marriage” between literature and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2006) 52 (4): 367–390.
Published: 01 December 2006
... into a “sense o f place” that the poet “carries with him and has carried since he was a child” (107; my empha­ sis). Above all, to “name” is to be “limited by the truth factor” and thus to lack freedom. One might expect Strand to triumph over his predecessor’s “enviable self-assurance” by...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2005) 51 (2): 179–209.
Published: 01 June 2005
... shared theme of a troubled childhood: Bishop’s “Ses- tina” (first entitled “Early Sorrow”) and Merrill’s villanelle “The World and the Child.” Bishop sent a manuscript of the 1956 New Yorker version of the poem to Merrill, and it may have inspired him to write his vil­ lanelle, just as...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2016) 62 (2): 231–239.
Published: 01 June 2016
... “degenerate,” “wild child,” and “ideology” of neuroscience. In chapter 1, “The Bearing Across of Language: Care, Catachresis, and Political Failure,” Berger clearly and forcefully lays out the primary conflict that will enliven the readings of dys-/disarticulate figures throughout this book: the ways in...