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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2015) 61 (1): 138–145.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Zachary King “ Comics and Media ”, edited by Chute Hillary and Jagoda Patrick , Special issue, Critical Inquiry 40 , no. 3 ( 2014 ). 284 pages. © 2015 by Hofstra University 2015 The very first thing one notices about “Comics and Media,” aside from its unmistakably...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2014) 60 (4): 545–554.
Published: 01 December 2014
... critical consensus on these subjects, 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2002) 48 (2): 191–214.
Published: 01 June 2002
...Robert Genter Copyright © Hofstra University 2003 w Toward a Theory of Rhetoric: Ralph Ellison, Kenneth Burke, and the Problem of Modernism Robert Genter In 1937 a major shift in American intellectual circles occurred with the rebirth of the literary journal Partisan...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2000) 46 (2): 238–268.
Published: 01 June 2000
...Paige Reynolds Copyright © Hofstra University 2000 “Chaos Invading Concept”: Blast as a Native Theory of Promotional Culture Paige Reynolds It is Chaos invading Concept and bursting it like nitrogen...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2008) 54 (4): 538–543.
Published: 01 December 2008
...—between a sociology attuned to embodied agency and one attuned to social structure—has been the central problem of sociological theory since the 1960s. Moreover, as the Marxist critical-realist tradition stemming from Georg Lukács shows, the bourgeois novelistic tradition that Chodat extols...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2006) 52 (1): 96–105.
Published: 01 March 2006
...Annette Gilson Colonial Strangers: Women Writing the End of the British Empire , by Lassner Phyllis , New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press , 2004 . 241 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2006 Recovering Empire’s Critics Colonial Strangers: Women Writing the End of the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2013) 59 (1): 181–188.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Bianca Leggett Cosmopolitan Criticism and Postcolonial Literature , by Spencer Robert , Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan , 2011 . 225 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2013 Review Cosmopolitan Criticism and Postcolonial Literature by Robert Spencer Basingstoke...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2017) 63 (4): 385–404.
Published: 01 December 2017
...Heather Cass White This essay presents the textual history of Moore’s “lost” poem “Pigeons” and argues for the poem’s importance in unifying two major strains of Moore criticism: that pertaining to her Protestant faith, and that pertaining to her careful reading of Darwin. The essay suggests that...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2000) 46 (3): 269–284.
Published: 01 September 2000
...John Boly Copyright © Hofstra University 2001 Following Seamus Heaney’s “Follower”: Toward a Performative Criticism J ohn Boly eaders of Seamus Heaney’s poetry may remember the scene in “Fol­ lower” when the father, hard at work with...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2010) 56 (2): 131–167.
Published: 01 June 2010
... desire and of stereotypical identifications based on that presumed knowability. Her criticism is aimed as much at those who identify according to the logic of the culturally sanctified “experts” on 142 Bisexuality and Woolf’s Opposition to Theories of Androgyny gender and sexuality as...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2018
... the unionization drive and feminist protest occupation of Grove in 1970. 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2016) 62 (1): 32–55.
Published: 01 March 2016
... to see, again, how the question of representation abuts these questions of philosophy. Some recent critical studies have suggested that this play of transmission is not only about theory but also the attempted commodification of Tibetan religion. In a study of Indo-Tibetan Tantric practices and their...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2015) 61 (2): 209–231.
Published: 01 June 2015
... 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 And Jolas himself saw “Revolution” as a critical first effort to “crystallize” the theory that...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 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 (1 March 2016) 62 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 March 2016
... became the infamous Weather Underground, and the remaining radicals assimilated into mainstream Democratic politics or stayed in academia, contributing to the emergence of postmodern critical theories and pedagogies. Rudderless and adrift, the less political mass of hippies graduated, took practical jobs...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 1–22.
Published: 01 March 2019
... literature as a form of US immigrant writing, other US critics have discussed individual postsocialist texts to bolster theories about the transnationality of contemporary US literary productions without acknowledging how the new works’ focus on (post)socialism complements and challenges these paradigms of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2015) 61 (4): 460–483.
Published: 01 December 2015
...Jeannie Im The role of landscape in Elizabeth Bowen’s Irish novels has been overshadowed by the critical emphasis on her representations of the Anglo-Irish big house. In contrast to this critical trend, this article argues that Bowen’s Irish landscapes stage questions of national identity and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2018) 64 (2): 161–190.
Published: 01 June 2018
... by critics, African Americans are crucial to Roth’s critique of the sixties and America as a whole. By drawing attention to the black voices represented through and circumscribed in the protagonist’s white victim narrative, I examine how Roth unmasks American society’s deep-rooted but still often...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2018) 64 (3): 275–294.
Published: 01 September 2018
... © 2018 Hofstra University 2018 African American literature blues family queer theory trauma Many critics have read Gayl Jones’s novel Corregidora (1975) as testament to the continuity of the trauma of slavery across temporal and spatial boundaries. In nineteenth-century Brazil, “old man...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2018) 64 (3): 317–346.
Published: 01 September 2018
... inadvertently drawn into wartime intrigues, forcing her to turn vigilante in an effort to expose abuses of power at the highest levels of government. Although farfetched, these pulp fictions may, in fact, contain a kernel of truth. Following (the real) Woolf’s theory that “bad books are not the mirrors but the...