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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (3): 317–346.
Published: 01 September 2018
... but the vast distorted shadows of life,” this essay argues that such counterfactual narratives do not impose the world of the thriller onto Woolf; rather, they allegorize a spy-function already present in the writer’s life and work. From her participation in the 1910 Dreadnought Hoax, during which she...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 359–364.
Published: 01 September 2017
... as a political structure” (85), Owen and Woolf variously interrupted the synecdoche’s premise of smooth scalability, overwrote the trope through the substitutive movements of metaphor, and narratively reengineered it to the ends of mortal obligation. In discussing Jacob’s Room , Sherman wonderfully...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 114–122.
Published: 01 March 2011
...), the critical geographies of fugitive slave narratives written in Mexico as well as the US and Canada (Chapter Two), the perspectives on mainstream “American” literary movements such as modernism and the Beats made possible by a transnational or non-US-based optic (Chapters Three and Four), comparative...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (3): 515–523.
Published: 01 September 2012
... of narrative con- struction” (76), specifically the use of counterfactuals. Noting the absence of women’s stories from history books, A Room of One’s Own “requests license” to imagine both women’s domestic lives and “the more daring trajectories” denied them (77). This is a terrific contribution...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (1): 128–137.
Published: 01 March 2015
... reading of The Plot against America goes cleverly against the grain of the book and Roth’s career, reading the insertion of a counterfactual history as evidence of the centrality of cultural trauma to Jewish American identity, a position opposite to the one he held in previous novels. I admit...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (1): 1–20.
Published: 01 March 2017
... responsibility and demonic mystery to itself. As metafiction, Foe continuously performs its concern for the 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (1): 79–103.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Nicole Rizzuto Copyright © Hofstra University 2013 Ethical Limits and Confession in Conrad’s Under Western Eyes and “Poland Revisited” Ethical Limits and Confession in Conrad’s Under Western Eyes and “Poland Revisited” Nicole Rizzuto Through the framing narrative of an English...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 191–212.
Published: 01 June 2017
... to Stein especially seriously, but other modernists too shared her interest in Grant. In Tender Is the Night (1934), F. Scott Fitzgerald twice compares his protagonist Dick Diver to Grant in Galena. Before the narrative properly begins, Diver appears “like Grant, lolling in his general store in Galena...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (1): 53–82.
Published: 01 March 2023
...) The counterfactual realization is not of the perils of trying to make life resemble literature; instead, it consists of intensifying literary clichés to manufacture a semblance of authentic passion. Pak’s purposeful exposure of the derivativeness of Kubo’s affect and insight is echoed in his subsequent “recognition...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 449–482.
Published: 01 December 2018
... narrative ( mythos ) in which Dionysus, a fertility spirit, is dismembered only to be gloriously reborn. From Aristotle onward, too, the philosophical reception of Greek tragedy sought to reframe characters’ pains as worthwhile—to present their agonies as cosmically justified, culturally productive...