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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 79–100.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Nir Evron This article examines a tension in Edith Wharton’s social ideal between the conflicting virtues of reverence and curiosity. Wharton, it shows, was quite conscious of the potential clash between the centripetal claims of tradition and the centrifugal tendencies of inquisitive individualism...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (1): 64–97.
Published: 01 March 2005
... which hung over the stairs in the Decennio ex­ position five years ago: Blue, Black and Red mingled together. (.P&P 7:144-45) Pound’s writings from throughout this period emphasize the impor­ tance of curiosity to cultural growth. “There can be no doubt that the Renaissance was born...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (3): 360–387.
Published: 01 September 2003
... to hear an echo of it in Butts’s dismissal of the group itself. O f course, Butts’s question “What has it all meant?” implies a much broader, cosmic curiosity, which the secular, humanistic, and largely private ethical values of Bloomsbury were ill equipped to address. One might well note...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (2): 233–264.
Published: 01 June 2020
..., homophobic language figures when a jealous Jeff wonders if the fictitious older boyfriend of Gidget, portrayed as a writer from Carmel, might be a “faggot” ( G 85). Later, responding to Gidget’s curiosity as to whether Kahoona has ever been married, one of the crew bristles that he probably has been because...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (2): 259–266.
Published: 01 June 2014
... Josh Lukin the freak show’s example, Blyn focuses on the tendency to sustain “epis- temic desire”—that is, the freak show’s need to keep audiences enthralled by perpetuating doubt, curiosity, and a sense of indeterminacy. That these strategies were developed for commercial purposes...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (2): 265–272.
Published: 01 June 2020
... as literature” (17), the book is remarkable for doing so while taking science on its own terms. Like Gillian Beer, Hovanec evidently respects and loves science, demonstrating a stimulating curiosity and excitement about the objects of scientific inquiry. Like Beer, Hovanec reminds us that interdisciplinarity...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (2): vi–viii.
Published: 01 June 2014
... in historical context and highlighting not just its literary but also its historical and political interventions. What is more, all the authors write elegantly and with ease, approaching their subject with an infectious curiosity and passion. These are not readings that are easily categorized, neither...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (2): vi–viii.
Published: 01 June 2008
... ways. It manages this feat by offering morally generous and often unexpected impulses of sympathy in all directions. Manifesting an intense and open-minded curiosity about the intellectual background of the moment, the essay presents thoughtful reconsiderations of midcentury figures like...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (4): 485–509.
Published: 01 December 2009
... sense, as an intervention in natural processes motivated by curiosity, then both works represent experimental trials. “Will you drop me altogether now that the experiment is over?” Eliza asks Pickering (94). Initially, Henry Higgins’s experiment promises to subvert class boundaries, and appro...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 345–370.
Published: 01 September 2007
... pregnancy— a perpetual wait, a constant burden, a con­ tinuous feeling out o f sorts Like pregnancy, being a foreigner, Ashima believes, is something that elicits the same curiosity from strangers, the same combination o f pity and respect. (49—50) To identify foreignness w ith...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (1): 75–100.
Published: 01 March 2022
... and Black public intellectual Alain Locke. Perhaps Hughes makes an inside joke out of the older lady’s yen for amassing priceless cultural curiosities by alluding, with Oceola’s name, to famed nineteenth-century military leader Osceola of the Florida Semioles, also known as “The Unconquered” ( Lapointe 2006...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (4): 674–680.
Published: 01 December 2013
... by Benjamin Moser Oxford University Press, 2009. 496 pages Alicia Borinsky What does a woman writer want? Who is she? Such questions, triggered by curiosity about women assumed to have strayed from societal norms and expectations, move us to read through their works in order to uncover...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (4): 377–384.
Published: 01 December 2017
... since that time has served not to sate our curiosity about Moore but to sharpen it. In 2017 we, the editors of the present special issue, are no less sure than was Kappel that many of the really vital questions about Moore’s work—the essays collected here focus in particular on its ethical force, its...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (4): 472–492.
Published: 01 December 2008
.... In the opening stanza of “In the Waiting Room” the reading girl moves from curiosity to embarrassment, even as the adult reading over 483 Claire Bowen her shoulder moves imperceptibly from apparently factual description to fictional invention. These procedural shifts undermine what were...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (4): 657–665.
Published: 01 December 2013
... of  Venus” (both from 1948), and I’m not certain whether Dickey sees further change in Williams’s portraiture after 1920, but this is a matter of curiosity and not concern. And although Ann Fisher-Wirth has demonstrated the inspiration the young Williams drew from Keats, I find it energizing...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (3): 379–386.
Published: 01 September 2018
..., to assemble a metafictional impressionism? Analyzing the passage in The Master in which James shares a bed naked with Oliver Wendell Holmes, Matz finds a vital impressionism that both expresses James’s homoerotic curiosity and his failure to act on it: in James’s mind, as Tóibín imagines it, thought...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (1): 122–129.
Published: 01 March 2010
... appearances of truth, but different scales of analysis can be differently insightful” (401). Refreshingly, Mc- Gurl’s lively book reads like the result of good old-fashioned intellectual curiosity. Charles McGrath’s New York Times review of The Program Era found it overly jargony (unfairly...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 191–214.
Published: 01 June 2021
... private dedication to John and Marguerite Storrs with which the chapbook opens. To the strangers who might read her unpublished work, she submits “all her curiosity and artlessness”; to her lovers, “an eternal regret”; to her friends, “more insistent demands, the last enigma of conduct, a fear of gifts...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (1): 43–63.
Published: 01 March 2005
... a mistake, and even tolerance and tact have too much of the missionary spirit to work satisfactorily. What is needed in the cultural gospel is to let one’s light so shine that men’s curiosity is aroused and they ask why Sophocles, Velasquez, Henry James should cause...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (4): 513–537.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., stripped of detail and almost independent of language. The parables . . . must themselves be works of art, but pleasure and curiosity must be excluded from them. . . .Clearly he could have no patience with a chaotic, detailed, discursive writer like Shakespeare. . . .Probably...