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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 125–146.
Published: 01 March 2020
... wartime atrocities but also postwar Western consumerism. His childhood from eight to eighteen is entrenched in starvation, genocide, deportation, immolation, looting, labor camps, orphanages, and cannibalism. All other monstrosities—even Hannibal Lecter—pale in comparison. In the process of humanizing...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 1–10.
Published: 01 March 2020
... consumerism,” an avenging justice meted out against the totalitarian nonidentity of the postwar Soviet Union and the apathetic capitalist consumerism of postwar France and America. Powers retains significant reservations about the mode of postwar resistance sketched in Harris’s prequel novels, however...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 60–89.
Published: 01 March 2012
..., Lucretia Jones, as “a born ‘shopper’” (361). The conservatory of the family’s Twenty-Third-Street New York home remained “an empty waste, unheated and flowerless, because the money gave out with the furnishing of the billiard-room.” Despite her having grown up in this atmosphere of consumerism...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (4): 535–539.
Published: 01 December 2007
... strains the texts to fit them and is too prone to present DeLillo’s texts as arguments (see for example 8,17,25,79) rather than as narratives; thus he tends to pin these complex texts to one-dimensional positions about the media or consumerism or terrorism, thereby imposing upon them sometimes ill...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (2): 222–242.
Published: 01 June 2014
.... Tracing the American military state leading up to and following September 11, Marita Sturken specifically addresses the ways that militarism and consumerism become increasingly interconnected, and how they have begun to inscribe themselves on domestic space, most notably through the Hummer and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 511–517.
Published: 01 December 2018
... Pelevin’s novel, Generation P , where “P” stands for Pepsi, has been translated into English as Homo Zapiens , an allusion to the modern Russian individual zapping through the newly available myriad of TV channels. The deep void of post-Soviet society is historicized as the void of consumerism: Russian...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (2): 360–368.
Published: 01 June 2013
... dissent? bourgeois liberalism? consumerism? Habermasian rationality?1 The novelty of Wolfe’s study is that it resists this temptation to generalize an abstract socio-political program from individualism and instead takes intimacy as a contested field bound together by the disparate viewpoints of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (1): 59–78.
Published: 01 March 2014
... potential in consumerism and mass culture, still, Self’s conflicting alliances with Martina/Martin Amis and Selina/Fielding do not comprise a Leavisite fable about culture’s capacity to stave off the corrosive addiction of consumerism. First, the influences of Martin Amis and Martina are not...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 147–172.
Published: 01 June 2015
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 145–166.
Published: 01 March 2019
... by former Soviet citizens who traffic in symbols of previously unavailable Western consumerism. The “designer tombstones” he describes represent the Russian hunger for brand names, while the “American hero-sandwich shop” and “inflatable fries and man-sized Pepsi bottles” satirize the US infatuation...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 248–272.
Published: 01 September 2007
... Eastern bloc writers had to contend. To ignore it is to court nos­ talgia. To engage w ith it, however, is to risk writing fiction that makes the same point over and over: technological consumerism is an infernal machine, technological consumerism is an infernal machine...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 291–308.
Published: 01 December 2011
.... Ed. Sacvan Bercovitch. Vol. 7. New York: Cam- bridge UP, 1999. 425-538. Striphas, Ted. The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control. New York: Columbia UP, 2009. Terada, Rei. Looking Away: Phenomenality and Dissatisfaction, Kant to Adorno...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (2): 170–196.
Published: 01 June 2016
..., conquest, and productivity, I argue that Kerouac’s depiction of pre-superhighway automobility seeks to create new forms of community, articulates a relationship to the natural world that opposes the frontier myth’s reliance on conquest, and clarifies Kerouac’s critique of postwar consumerism and conformity...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 309–336.
Published: 01 September 2016
... that the Blair-era text proposes as the solution not consumerism and gainful work but the wholesale erasure of working-class life and ideals. 19 Figures 1–2 ( Billy Elliot , 2000 ) Figures 1–2. (Billy Elliot, 2000) Figures 3–4 Figures 3–4. In the final scene, Billy stars in...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (3): 287–317.
Published: 01 September 2010
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 462–492.
Published: 01 December 2010
... diverse kinds of novels, and second, enabling the formulation of desirable identi- ties for potential readers qua consumers.3 The development of the novel as a popular literary genre is thus intimately intertwined with the rise of modern consumerism and commercialism, to such an extent that...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (1): 1–36.
Published: 01 March 2013
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 209–231.
Published: 01 June 2015
... romance between an American man and a “life-sized Hundred Dollar Bill” ( Emory 1928 , 34); Murray Godwin’s narrative of robot factory workers; a group diatribe, entitled “New York: 1928” against consumerism pieced together from poems, fictional press reports, distorted dialogues, and letters; as well as...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 97–120.
Published: 01 March 2019
... grandmother’s face when others mention God, wondering if she “has prayed to her all along” (169). The mature Ann criticizes Western capitalism for its shallow materialism and obsessive consumerism, while also distrusting Yugoslav socialism because of its inability to succeed. She travels back to the past...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 423–446.
Published: 01 December 2011
... see as reflective of individual choice: the relationship between consumption and identity seen in the growth of lifestyle consumerism being perhaps the clearest expression of the relationship between the respect with which we af- ford seemingly individual feeling and neoliberal capitalism...