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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (3): 293–328.
Published: 01 September 2023
... and mutual implication of civil society and state, first articulated by G. W. F. Hegel and developed by Hannah Arendt. The essay rereads Hegel’s state/society diremption through Gillian Rose’s conception of “speculative thinking” and the historical openness of the “broken middle.” It argues that “Cyclops...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (4): 470–491.
Published: 01 December 2000
...) and the outer material domain that adheres to the colonial model. Having re­ jected civil society (individualistic and capitalistic), the postcolonial nation adheres to a sense of community that invokes the rhetoric of love and kin­ ship that must in turn be suppressed by the state governments that try...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (1): 71–91.
Published: 01 March 2010
...,” a poem set partly in the British protectorate of the Gold Coast of West Africa circa 1875. Merging the Gold Coast with 1920s London, condensed imagery with chant-like metrical experiment, the poem generates its central argument: so-called civilized society is sliding backward in time to its...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (1): 181–188.
Published: 01 March 2013
...” (28). For Spencer, cosmopolitanism provides that positive doctrine, and he believes that by yoking the methodology of postcolonial theory to cosmopolitanism’s vision of a “global civil society” (34) we can restore the revolutionary possibilities of literature. Any writer who wishes to use...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (2): 163–184.
Published: 01 June 2020
... in which men gather for informal conversations. Chakrabarty (2008 : 204) characterizes adda and modern civil society as two “mutually antithetical organizations of time and place.” While civil society values developmental and utilitarian thinking, adda embodies “a sense of time and space...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (4): 572–596.
Published: 01 December 2009
... indistinguishable in their language and logic. Instead of a pack or herd we have the “cor- porate whole” by which the chances of a society’s survival are improved; processes of natural selection are likewise sublimated as a “cosmic strug- gle”—indeed, the most successful, “civilizedsocieties are those which...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (2): 151–178.
Published: 01 June 2022
... could not destroy, returning, to be played out again on private ground in the twilight of a civilization no wars and no peace could save. (122) Here, the narrator offers an uncritical depiction of the white south, a “proud society,” as a racially distinct nation (this allusion to the Civil War...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (2): 119–144.
Published: 01 June 2016
..., everyone, we all want to move on” (152–53). Revealingly, the wealthy doctor equates “the rest of us” not living in the slums, with “citizens” and then “everyone.” For this doctor, the desire to “move on” and leave the spill in the past is not merely a sentiment shared by some corners of civil society...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (3): 441–464.
Published: 01 September 2013
...” projects a certain vi- sion of the relationship between the state and civil society. Specifically, it posits separate-but-interconnected zones. There is a zone for “political” involvement, where nongovernmental actors should advocate for their interests, and a separate zone for the “institutions...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 43–70.
Published: 01 March 2019
... Václav . 1988 . “ Anti-Political Politics .” In Civil Society and the State: New European Perspectives , edited by Keane John , 381 – 98 . New York : Verso . Hemon Aleksandar . 2008 . “ Aleksandar Hemon: Interview,” by Deborah Baker . BOMB , August 20 . bombmagazine.org...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (3): 273–306.
Published: 01 September 2008
... to “civilize” traditional antisemitic discourses. By civilize, I do not mean that antisemitic attitudes in the 1930s are eliminated or even diminished, but rather that discomfort about the prominence of virulent hate rhetoric in Britain’s famously “civilsociety gives rise to more subtle...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 71–96.
Published: 01 March 2019
... emotional reactions to its conditions of socialism. 11 Comparativist approaches have consistently focused on “the existence of a quasi -civil society and public sphere” ( Todorova 2010 : 19) outside the state’s single party system that allowed debates between various social stakeholders ( Taylor 2004...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (2): 197–221.
Published: 01 June 2014
... Great Society––programs that were in part responses to the unrest of the 1960s––Bush refused to grant the LA Riots the rhetorical weight of a comparison to the civil rights movement or the programs it mobilized. Addressing the nation on May 1, 1992, Bush asserted, What we saw last night...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (3): 401–409.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Suzette Henke Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde: War, Civilization, Modernity , by Froula Christine , New York : Columbia University Press , 2005 (paperback 2007). 428 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2008 The Bloomsbury Enlightenment Project Virginia Woolf...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 115–140.
Published: 01 June 2017
...Steven Belletto This essay focuses on the life and writing of African American novelist, playwright, and activist Julian Mayfield, whose under-studied work and extraordinary life tell a story about race and civil rights in literature that challenges familiar accounts. By analyzing Mayfield’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (3): 283–316.
Published: 01 September 2004
..., Stiglitz’s international economic bureaucrats persist in a kind of global Bumbledom. The complication hinges on the case for “global civil society” (214) that Stiglitz wants to make—a society that would require the continued life of international bureaucrats—even as he also directs an in­ dictment...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (3): 293–316.
Published: 01 September 2021
... have had perverse results” (201). Such developments index the changing orientation of the camps themselves, as in its second half Citizen traces the emergence and growth of complex social and political institutions and activities of civil society: post office ( C 61), churches (62), canteen (84...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (2): 141–166.
Published: 01 June 2004
.... Her call is particularly alluring to women writers seeking to invent or claim a space for desire between women, to express alienation from conventional society, to escape “civilized” boundaries and court difference. She opens up possibilities of escape and freedom, and her links...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (2): 238–266.
Published: 01 June 2012
... to Do Things with Words and John R. Searle’s Speech Acts: An Essay in the Philosophy of Language. 4. Hurston and Wright were both concerned with the systems through which 260 Early Civil Rights “Voice Work” in Richard Wright and Zora Neale Hurston their state and society functioned. Wright...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 147–172.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Nathaniel Mills This article challenges long-standing narratives of Ralph Ellison’s response to civil rights-era struggles as one of quietism, conservatism, or apolitical aestheticism. Focusing on a key episode early in Ellison’s Three Days before the Shooting …, in which a jazz musician burns his...