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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (3): 235–268.
Published: 01 September 2021
...Sharon Kunde “The ‘Nature’ of American Literature” explores how John Crowe Ransom and his less-studied contemporary Elizabeth Madox Roberts advanced a theory of literary objects that emerged from nature itself. This theory formed the basis of Ransom’s bid, in “Criticism, Inc.,” for disciplinary...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 343–368.
Published: 01 December 2019
... to histories of racial profiling and respectability politics, it analyzes how profile epistemology remains dependent on white supremacy, demonstrating how critical race theory, affect theory, and poetry can open up forms of oppositional looking to undermine the ostensible objectivity of data. To help unpack...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 191–212.
Published: 01 June 2017
...Matthew Sandler This paper poses the work of Gertrude Stein as a challenge to contemporary scholarship centered on theories of failure. Demonstrating that Stein’s notion of failure as a precondition for success derived from nineteenth-century selfhelp books, I follow her work with this paradox from...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 209–231.
Published: 01 June 2015
... were in fact lingual transformations necessary for the development of new expression and more important of “a new universe” (167). Many critics, including Mansanti and Mary Ann Caws (2001) , see “Revolution of the Word” as a vital early declaration of Jolas’s verticalist theory of language. 11...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2018
..., the Family, and Personal Life . New York : Harper . Copyright © 2018 Hofstra University 2018 Barney Rosset critical theory Henry Miller history of the book obscenity Between its founding in 1951 and its labor crisis in 1970, Grove Press stood at the epicenter of radical politics...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (4): 448–454.
Published: 01 December 2016
... to a difficulty I have with Tense Future . In his desire to push the interwar mood beyond the arbitrary poles of World War I and World War II, Saint-Amour comes close to evacuating the critical usefulness of a periodizing category like the interwar. The recent interest in theories of affect has led...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (2): v–vii.
Published: 01 June 2003
... and Edith M. Bowmar Professor of Humanistic Studies, Professor of History and Comparative Literature, Director, School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University, and author of History and Reading:Tocqueville, Foucault, French Studies (2000), Writing History, Writing Trauma (2002...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (3): 330–351.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., poet and statue. As Stephen Ross argues in Modernism and Theory , early twentieth-century modernism and critical theory share an essential narrative structure, one with roots in the Enlightenment: a narrative of negation and renewal of the present, called “modern,” which “depends on reinventing...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 159–168.
Published: 01 March 2012
... to theorize how “be- lief in meaninglessness” may tell a different story about postwar literature and culture. Hungerford looks at numerous works of literature and literary and critical theory, and she ranges over Derrida and de Man (both key thinkers for her first book, A Holocaust of Texts...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (2): vi–x.
Published: 01 June 2010
... convincingly about them, with both passion and discernment. The literary works they examined came to new life, embedded in this rich and deep intellectual ground. Manifestly the lucky heirs to the entirety of twentieth-century critical theory and practice, the authors of these essays proved...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 365–369.
Published: 01 September 2017
... functions not only as a fresh source of philosophical theory about the nature of expression but also as a potential site of rapprochement and inheritance. Rapprochement because Altieri wants to find ground on which the concerns of both the contemporary (Anglophone) literary critic and philosopher can meet...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (4): 618–623.
Published: 01 December 2009
... linked ever more closely in the integrated circuits of global communication networks: robots, androids, cyborgs (the technological posthuman). Likewise, we could attend to those forms of critical theory that, in discovering the so-called human subject to be nothing but the constructed product...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 392–401.
Published: 01 September 2020
... of their claims in the context of present-day critical and theoretical debates. Were this a duel, they would have taken their allotted number of paces and be readying their aim. Yet this standoff is not a duel, but something more like an effect of the critical field. In Heather Fielding’s Novel Theory...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (4): 545–554.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., but though they incorporate some recent critical theory—e.g., the passage on Pynchon and Agamben at this section’s end—the overall arguments will be familiar to most Pynchonists. The third section, “Freedom,” makes some of the best and most original contributions of the volume, asking whether...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 545–550.
Published: 01 December 2010
... irony. That way lies the “post-deconstructive wariness” and “perspec- tival struggles between worldliness and unbelief in anything immaterial” in which critical theory currently finds itself “trapped” (12). Instead, Dylan’s reclaiming of what Greil Marcus calls “the old, weird America...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (4): 666–673.
Published: 01 December 2013
... him to break out of isolation in Cuba and find a receptive inter- national audience. Critical theory plays an even smaller part in Borinsky’s account than does direct autobiography. Other authors might feel tempted to offer a meta-theoretical account of the nature of exile in cultural texts...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (4): 681–689.
Published: 01 December 2013
... them. Both authors share a commitment to critical theory and a broad idea of cultural studies—though with a more disciplinary focus on literature, Arthur’s is somewhat less broad—and both say very little about partisan politics itself, except as an implicit extension of culture. But Arthur...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (2): 267–295.
Published: 01 June 2012
... resemblance to what Badiou criticizes as the “structural dialectic,” which, through an overly deterministic theory of transforma- tion that privileges the immobilizing circular symmetry of the dissolu- tion of opposites, disallows both contingency and novelty and limits the process of (periodizing...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (4): 474–481.
Published: 01 December 2006
... some wishes that Petrie had conceived his project more broadly, I found this a consistently readable and informative study. Note 1. See pages 16—47 of my recent book American Literary Realism, Intellectual Prestige, and Critical Theory 1880-1995. 481 ...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 105–113.
Published: 01 March 2011
... in point: the ASA’s not-so-stealth move away from critical theory, a move intended in his estimation to preserve the sanctity of native ground. In her 2005 presi- dential address to the ASA, Karen Halttunen dismissed cultural geography (possibly the most practical application of recent Continental...