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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (1): 75–96.
Published: 01 March 2008
...Michael L. Ross Copyright © Hofstra University 2008 On a Darkling Planet: Ian McEwan s Saturday and the Condition of England Michael L. Ross /A lthough Ian McEwan’s recent best seller Saturday maintains through­ out a conspicuous air of up-to-the-minute internationalism...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (3): 317–344.
Published: 01 September 2021
... of representation by which the state monitors and assesses, through a rhetoric of uplifted subjectivity, the behaviors of the women who depend on state relief programs. In The Girl , homeless women’s discovery of forms of being within precarious living conditions constitutes an ontological repossession through...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 369–392.
Published: 01 December 2019
... to discontinuity and difference as the conditions of reading—not least the discontinuities in a historical and evolving language. Beyond elegy, McHugh’s poems invite the reading of generative accidents, a practice that has analogues in reading a plural and uncertain world. Copyright © 2019 Hofstra University...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 387–412.
Published: 01 December 2018
... but as a mode of fostering and preserving nonnormative voices, converting the privacy imposed on the homosexual into the conditions for creating queer worlds. Gossip concomitantly provides Merrill with a model of poetic self-performance that at once pushes against and embraces New Critical ideals of lyric...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (2): 199–224.
Published: 01 June 2022
... Writers’ Project was cut short by World War II and by the sort of conservative backlash to the New Deal that drove the House Committee on Un-American Activities to investigate events leading to the postwar construction of an apolitical Bishop, abstracted from the politics that in fact conditioned much...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (3): 243–272.
Published: 01 September 2022
.... Unable to fix the meaning of poverty as either as a natural condition or as a cultural product, Lewis and Kerouac each present poverty both as an abject expression of social disorder and as a point of vital social exteriority. Tracing this poverty ontology to Rousseau, the essay reveals how its...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (1): 53–82.
Published: 01 March 2023
... to interrogate the impulse to wrest concentrated moments of insight, “bliss,” or transcendence from the colonial everyday. Perhaps most disquieting is the realization that the exposure of imperialism’s “fakeness” lacks the capacity to remedy the material, or literary, conditions of coloniality. Ultimately, Pak...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (4): 451–474.
Published: 01 December 2017
..., such that her reading might be considered a fresh response to the shifty rhetoric of foreign policy and to the plight of her imaginary homeland, Eire, in particular. The essay centers on Moore’s rendering of “Spenser’s Ireland,” a lyric whose complex textual condition congealed in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 37–58.
Published: 01 March 2020
... by the experience of a beloved’s body. Douglas’s poetry arrives at the balancing of cynic and lyric, then, by confusing and conflating these special gnostic conditions, and its resonant image is the battlefield corpse conflated with the lover in repose. I suggest combat experience did not serve to make Douglas’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (4): 463–484.
Published: 01 December 2020
... of her writing life, adopted synesthesia as an aesthetic principle. It helped her critique the atomization of the human senses under the technological conditions of modernity, but also to condemn both the militarism of the Great War and the rise of totalitarian politics in the late 1930s. Ultimately...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (4): 465–484.
Published: 01 December 2023
...James Berger Copyright © 2023 Hofstra University 2023 james.berger@yale.edu Preexisting Conditions: Recounting the Plague , by Weber Samuel . New York : Zone , 2022 . 214 pages. Works Cited Artaud Antonin . 1958 . The Theater and Its Double . Translated...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 280–286.
Published: 01 June 2015
..., the study “has a prehistory and a shadow.” This prehistory includes Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962) along with Meridel Le Sueur’s mid-twentieth century stories and Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (1906) as texts that “introduce powerful relays between soma and space … under more advanced conditions...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 54–69.
Published: 01 March 2011
... the contradictory logic of conditionality: if it is to be a Universal Hos- pitality, it is to be all-encompassing; if it is to be limited to Conditions, it is subject to partial regulation. He goes on to examine the etymological root of the term hospitality. As with many of the terms Derrida addresses...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (2): 355–364.
Published: 01 June 2012
... Nabokov, Rushdie and the Transnational Imagination, which shifts the conversation about the condition of exile into a discussion of its ability to access and activate a fluid understanding of the transnational condition. From a wide range of authors, Trousdale singles out Vladimir Nabokov...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (4): 618–623.
Published: 01 December 2009
... Clarke observes in this stunning new book, such stories of the coming posthuman ultimately register the radically nonhuman environments that form the everyday conditions for the biological, tech- nological, and social maintenance of what we would otherwise call the human. That is, rather...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (3): 293–328.
Published: 01 September 2023
... Where liberal individualism simply dismisses the popular politics of national liberation, Lloyd’s (2011 : 17) approach is concerned to retrieve intimations of a different “possible life in common” from within “the damaged conditions of actual human existence.” At the cultural margins he finds...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (2): 233–240.
Published: 01 June 2023
..., political, religious, familial), including the history and character of the tongue(s) that we speak. If this makes it sound like questions about poetry are connected to larger cultural questions about how we live, think, and act, that’s because they are. The conditions in which poetry operates go...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (2): 218–223.
Published: 01 June 2007
... inventiveness exceeds earlier conventions, and it has had an afterlife that suggests it was not bound by the conditions of its original production and reception. Second, it is a remarkable novel that has played a part in the founding of the gothic genre, yet is also one of the first works of science...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (4): 421–432.
Published: 01 December 2004
... in order to redeem it for Holocaust studies. To this end, he highlights Hegel’s at­ tention to the experiential and contingent dimension of every universal along with the objective form and condition of every particular. Against uncritical poststructuralist dismissals of Hegel’s logic, Eisenstein...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 511–517.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Maurizia Boscagli Narratives of Nothing in Twentieth-Century Literature , by Vicks Meghan . New York : Bloomsbury , 2015 . 196 pages. Copyright © 2018 Hofstra University 2018 “What is it about the human condition that allows us to conceive of and question nothing itself...