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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2018) 64 (3): 317–346.
Published: 01 September 2018
... 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 and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2017) 63 (3): 359–364.
Published: 01 September 2017
... instrumental totalization 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2012) 58 (3): 515–523.
Published: 01 September 2012
...,” give way to their more sustained aesthetic concerns: the manipulation and usurpation of “various aspects 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2011) 57 (1): 114–122.
Published: 01 March 2011
... Canada (Chapter One), 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2015) 61 (1): 128–137.
Published: 01 March 2015
... subsequent exploration of the cultural trauma created by such violence in the lives of American Jews. Her 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 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 (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 June 2017) 63 (2): 191–212.
Published: 01 June 2017
...” centers on the fate of a hedonistic young African American woman who falls in love with the upwardly mobile Dr. Jefferson Campbell, and the narrative largely consists of conversations between the two as they worry over the possibility of failure. Telling Melanctha, “I ain’t got any use for all the time...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 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, or...