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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 289–308.
Published: 01 September 2016
... postmodern relationship between the author and his or her characters. Such a newly envisioned dynamic has been understood as fiction’s response to the theoretical debate about the so-called death of the author and, more broadly, to the posthumanist discourse on the dissolution of the liberal-humanist subject...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (3): 414–422.
Published: 01 September 2014
...: the death of the author. Widiss insists that “we have never stopped caring about authors as intentional beings,” a fact that has required of those of us in the business a degree of doublethink, given not only the proscriptions regarding intentionality but also the modernist dicta...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (2): 351–359.
Published: 01 June 2013
...: Women’s Narratives of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic by Jane Fisher Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 262 pages Brian Dillon Nearly a century after an influenza epidemic began in the final months of World War I, then swiftly and viciously spread across continents, the death toll continues to defy...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (4): 465–484.
Published: 01 December 2023
... by Backscheider Paula R. . New York : Norton . De Las Casas Bartolome . 2004 . A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indes . Edited and translated by Griffin Nigel . New York : Penguin . Edelman Lee . 2005 . No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive . Durham, NC : Duke...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 473–479.
Published: 01 December 2019
..., but such an obstacle is a testament to the theoretical agility of the author. The Modernist Corpse is a timely project inasmuch as it responds to growing scholarly attention to the body in general and the corpse in particular. Regarding the latter, uncanny, and at times fruitful parallels emerge between...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (4): 545–554.
Published: 01 December 2014
... demand our attention regardless. First, its authors are veteran Pynchonists with impeccable credentials: Weisenburger is the author of perhaps the most indispensable Pynchon book, A Gravity’s Rainbow Companion ([1988] 2006), while Herman is an eminent narrative theorist whose work on Pynchon’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (1): 97–104.
Published: 01 March 2008
... that the attrition battles of 1914—1918 exemplify the persistence of medieval traditions rather than their extinc­ tion. If, as the author states, “medieval ideas help to explain violence in the modern world” (9), misconceptions about chivalry may not only distort the remote past but may also obscure...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (4): 421–448.
Published: 01 December 2003
...” that the authorities “should plead for volunteers and then make it as unpleasant as possible for you when you have volunteered” (169). But far more painful was constantly awaiting news from the front, hoping that the next communiqué did not bring with it the notification of a loved one’s death. Brittain...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (2): 341–348.
Published: 01 June 2012
... by Greg Forter Cambridge University Press, 2011. 217 pages Travis Rozier Over the last fifty years or more, the critical discourse on modernism has worked largely under the assumption that the modernist authors who approach the losses of modernity in a melancholic fashion provide the greatest...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (2): 131–163.
Published: 01 June 2003
... of things.” Under the terms Bennett lays out in The Author’s Craft, the provincial wakes and Wombwell’s Menagerie should illuminate Sophia’s lapse and her father’s death, just as “every street is a mirror, an illustration, an exposition, of the people” in its midst. It is not clear, however...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (4): 674–680.
Published: 01 December 2013
... of a novel. It features a woman of irreducible strangeness seen through the lens of a writer/translator eager to preserve a supplement that refuses definition. The reader of the biography senses that the book is perhaps as much a journey of self-discovery for the author as the result of scholarship...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2018
... and culture in the United States. 1 A major translator of late modernism and the avant-garde, Grove introduced US audiences to the theater of the absurd and the nouveau roman , publishing authors as important and far ranging as Samuel Beckett and Jorge Luis Borges. During the same period, the press served...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (4): 499–506.
Published: 01 December 2017
... argues that “we can contextualize Burroughs within the tradition of knife-throwers hurling daggers toward captive women,” it is unclear how the “contextualization” (68) of Burroughs in a tradition of knife-throwers positions us to understand either the author’s work or Vollmer’s death. The shooting...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (4): 405–433.
Published: 01 December 2000
... for and as the dead. The survivor’s testimony, in this view, possesses a special unmediated authority that is denied to second­ hand literary depictions of the Holocaust: “The authority of testimony rests on the supposition of a symbolic death, as the witness passes through the Holo­ caust and emerges...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 407–430.
Published: 01 December 2021
... sentence, the half-dead Chicano bodies of the text appear as resistant subjects: both the author (whose book was threatened and conditioned by the prospect of his death) and the “lame” Chicano embedded narrator (whose story is threatened and conditioned by the listening professor’s frame) exclaim...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (1): 118–127.
Published: 01 March 2015
.... Fittingly so, as it is precisely the specificity of rituals in their modern embodiments that Query sees as central to the ways in which his authors negotiate the correlation between local and European identity. Query’s definition of ritual—which he draws from a variety of anthropologists and theorists...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 141–166.
Published: 01 June 2017
... is framed—for the first time—through the death of an individual character. The narrative’s focalization through Gottfried, a poignant depiction of Gottfried’s final thoughts, enables the reader to become emotionally invested in the destructive effects of the rocket. For the first time in the novel...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (1): 1–22.
Published: 01 March 2007
... as annotated selections o f a poet’s work. Bishop remembering In the year following Robert Lowell’s death, Elizabeth Bishop offered two public remembrances of the poet and their friendship: a reading at Harvard on 1 March 1978 and the publication of“North Haven,” first on illustrated...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (2): 129–160.
Published: 01 June 2018
... to the rule of law or by a more skeptical relationship to legal authority. The Middle of the Journey explores this question through debates about the Moscow Trials, Herman Melville’s Billy Budd , and a controversial local crime. Drawing on archival research, the author argues that Trilling sought to depict...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (1): 1–20.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Jay Rajiva This essay argues that at the center of Coetzee’s reading of Robinson Crusoe lies the exposure of the Christian secret in both the colonial enterprises of the characters and the authorial presences of Defoe and Coetzee. My argument draws on Jacques Derrida’s The Gift of Death , which...