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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2002) 48 (2): 150–173.
Published: 01 June 2002
...Timothy Materer Copyright © Hofstra University 2003 Ul Confession and Autobiography in James Merrill s Early Poetry Timothy Materer You know, this guy’s got a secret, and he’s gonna keep it. —Arthur Miller to Dylan Thomas about James Merrill...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2013) 59 (1): 79–103.
Published: 01 March 2013
... limits of the confessional form. My analysis begins with the later work and proceeds to the earlier one. Reading the minor text first helps us understand how the novel, a confession in its own right according to Conrad, tries and fails to come to terms with an unresolved colonial past...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2004) 50 (1): 59–87.
Published: 01 March 2004
... and narrative still suggest a transitive and referential use of words” (88). In both respects I would disagree with Hutcheon. Confession, unlike much other modern poetry, has not been entirely liberated from this “myth of the instru­ mentality of language.” The language of the confessional...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2015) 61 (4): 484–510.
Published: 01 December 2015
... the particular contribution Dunne’s novel can make to our understanding of closure in Noir nonfiction and the confessional, inward turn that the Noir journalist or historian will often take. In True Confessions , the malaise within the system eventually rebounds back on the confessor. As Des foresees...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2015) 61 (2): 173–208.
Published: 01 June 2015
... is transformed into a confession of sexual readiness and while Edward’s desire for Nancy is transformed into a refusal of her confessional offering, neither the offer nor the refusal is staged in an institutionalized setting for confession. Instead of concentrating on the power mechanisms that...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2015) 61 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Danielle Christmas In William Styron’s Sophie’s Choice and The Confessions of Nat Turner , and the responses to his novels, two contrasting discourses emerge: a commitment to the idea that histories of slavery and the Holocaust can be explained by economic motives, on one hand, and, on the other, a...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2010) 56 (4): 493–529.
Published: 01 December 2010
... a partner who is not simply the interlocutor but the authority who requires the confession, prescribes and appreciates it, and intervenes in order to judge, punish, forgive, console and reconcile” (61–62). Autobiography, as a confessional discourse,2 is therefore a literary genre in which...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2001) 47 (3): 293–324.
Published: 01 September 2001
... to fact, the self-disclosing ges­ ture that marks confessional speech also necessarily taints it. According to these assessments, there could be no such thing as an honest confes­ sion, since even a sincere confession of culpability is a guilty confession, affirming the self who confesses...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2000) 46 (2): 150–170.
Published: 01 June 2000
... ate honesty that throbs through his confession does not absolve him from sins of diabolical cunning. He is abnormal. He is not a gentleman. (5) Those inclined to skip prefatory remarks discover within three short para­ graphs that the narrator’s obsession is a diminutive (“four...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2005) 51 (2): 210–243.
Published: 01 June 2005
... displays Quilty as his rival.15 Lolita’s visual confessions provide supertext for her 221 Jennifer L. Jenkins mother’s confessional letter to Humbert, which is ultimately subsumed into Humbert’s narrative murder confession, the novel as a whole. Hum­ bert embeds Charlotte’s confession...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2012) 58 (3): 377–398.
Published: 01 September 2012
... confession. Mrs. Quinn confesses to her participation in the cover-up of Mr. Willens’s murder, perpetrated by her husband in a fit of jealous rage. But the standard power dynamic between penitent and confessor is reversed in the confessional moment. As Sandra Lee Bartky explains, in Foucauldian terms...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2005) 51 (1): 114–122.
Published: 01 March 2005
... with Questions: Mary Butts’s Sacred Interroga­ tive.” 49.3 (2003): 360-387 Burke, Kenneth. See Genter Butts, Mary. See Buchanan arson, Luke. “James Merrill’s Manners and Elizabeth Bishop’s Dismay” 50.2 (2004): 167-191 Carstens, Lisa. “Sexual Politics and Confessional Testimony in...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2013) 59 (2): 369–376.
Published: 01 June 2013
... together. This volume of letters gives evidence that Eliot himself was often confused or uncertain as to where he stood in relation to these same metaphysical, or religious, concerns. At one point, he confesses to the proudly skeptical John Middleton Murry, “Your point of view is so much your own...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2000) 46 (3): 346–368.
Published: 01 September 2000
... the victims of terminal cancer.” The response was “equally spontaneous—and enormous” (33) by Styron’s account. A Stonewall riots for the secretly depressed, his article expressed “no particular originality or boldness,” he confesses, yet “the overwhelming reaction made me feel that...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2010) 56 (2): 168–195.
Published: 01 June 2010
... Attridge have read the epistolary and confessional structure in Age of Iron through the work of Emmanuel Levinas, observing that Levinas’s theorization of responsibil- ity to the other illuminates both Elizabeth Curren’s act of writing at her historical moment and her relationship with Mr...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2006) 52 (1): 1–21.
Published: 01 March 2006
.... Early on, as he first faces the physical mark of Empire, the mark on the body left by torture, he entreats a boy taken prisoner by Colonel Joll to confess: “Listen: you must tell the officer the truth. That is all he wants to hear from you—the truth. Once he is sure you are telling the truth he...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 1–20.
Published: 01 March 2017
... validity of narrative within a broader context, offering narrative as rehearsal, revision, counterfactual, unthought, possibility, and impossibility. It consummates its own destruction on every page, anxiously confesses its sins to other readers and writers, and destabilizes its own narrative memory, even...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2007) 53 (4): 518–529.
Published: 01 December 2007
..., “characterized himself as immersed in the problem of the individual” (129). From this Gay asks us to accept that modernist painters in general were in the business of mak­ ing “a great confession,” and that this “was true even, indeed especially, of major modernists who turned their back on representation...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2006) 52 (2): 237–240.
Published: 01 June 2006
...: History, Theory, Fiction (1988) and The Politics of Postmodernism (1989) confessed that she had done serious injury to modernist studies by claiming that all the good stuff was supposed to come after modernism, as no true student of that historical period could possibly believe. Genuflecting to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2000) 46 (1): 20–33.
Published: 01 March 2000
...] within him” (137) as he prays not to be sent to Hell, “sighs” as Stephen ascends to his room, and yet is deemed “a living mass of corruption” (137). As Stephen progresses toward confession, the soul acquires a split agency and embodiment that terrifies Stephen: But does that part of the...