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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (2): 121–146.
Published: 01 June 2023
... Finch—is articulated in part by snobbish opposition to what she deems to be “white trash” attitudes. In this way Lee’s critique of a steeply stratified southern society is compromised by her transferring the symbolic rhetoric of defilement from a racial “other” to a class “other” assumed to be racist...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (4): 391–412.
Published: 01 December 2006
... assassinates no character in Nightwood with quicker severity: “Only severed could any part of her have been called ‘right’” (65), “She defiled the very meaning of personality in her passion to be a person” (67), and most importantly, W hen she fell in love it was with a perfect fury of accumulated...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 483–503.
Published: 01 December 2018
..., system order. What does not respect borders, positions, rules” and is felt in the body as “the repugnance, the retching that thrusts me to the side and turns me away from defilement, sewage, and muck” ( Kristeva 2002 : 232). As disgust represses or expels the abject in order to preserve meaning, however...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 191–216.
Published: 01 September 2019
... Nassy, both of whom were in fact interned by the Nazis ( Lusane 2001) . Clifford’s diary represents how Black people “were used as slave laborers in some of the camps” (Lusane 156), how they were labeled as “asocials” or potential “race defilers,” and how the practices of interning, sterilizing...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (1): 1–21.
Published: 01 March 2006
... as “rapture, of a kind” (29). If we associate this act with the washing of feet in John 13,10 it suggests that the Magistrate tries to act as the girl’s savior, that he tries to purify her after she has been defiled, first at the hands of Joll and then by living as a prostitute. Ironically, this act...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (3): 362–387.
Published: 01 September 2008
... calculation cannot fully penetrate. Is this not why Ivan Karamazov gives his ticket back? Why the mariner shoots the albatross? Why the boy of “Nutting” so violently defiles the quiet hazel grove? The moments of redemption and communion that reconnect us with the 382 The Counterlove...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (2): 185–206.
Published: 01 June 2020
... for “allowing” Russian soldiers to defile her body. The limited commentary on the text has focused on the timely nature of its resurfacing because it bolsters the work of women’s activist groups who have long been fighting to expose and prevent systematic rape during war. All too often this “by-product...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (2): 207–232.
Published: 01 June 2020
... hollow” under the graveyard. Attempting to counter the conception that working-class people are irrelevant to history and tradition, Harrison turns to arranging working-class speech, even defiling and nihilistic forms of that speech, in traditional verse. The ground above the “worked-out pit...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (4): 485–512.
Published: 01 December 2020
... and played the harlot also. And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks. ( Pricket and Carroll 2008 : Jer 3: 6–9) While “wringing bread from stocks and stones” refers to cultivating an unpromising land, it also...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (4): 569–595.
Published: 01 December 2001
... dedication in working the land and loving her child despite immense personal suffering. The film equates her honor with the land itself, and Radha defends both against all potential defilers and doubters, eventually inspiring her vil­ lage with her devotion to the land even after the monsoon...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (2): 153–181.
Published: 01 June 2007
... wants to defile Daisy’s—and nativist white America’s—ra­ cial purity. Nick understands Gatsby’s love for Daisy as “the following of a grail. [Gatsby] knew that Daisy was extraordinary, but he didn’t realize just how extraordinary a ‘nice’ girl could be” (25). Michaels argues: “Nice” here...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (3): 298–327.
Published: 01 September 2003
... foundations of the rejected self. Out of these spasms of revulsion Kristeva develops her theory of the abject, delineat­ ing the boundaries of selfhood in the interval between pleasure and dis­ gust, presence and absence: These bodily fluids, this defilement, this shit are what life with­...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2024) 70 (1): 25–54.
Published: 01 March 2024
..., of the bitterest patience, and the longest night; of the deepest water, the strongest chains, the most cruel lash; of humility most wretched, the dungeon most absolute, of love’s bed defiled, and birth dishonored, and most bloody, unspeakable, sudden death. Yes, the darkness hummed with murder: the body...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): 210–243.
Published: 01 June 2005
... Humbert away.Thus the pilgrim’s vision evaporates, tantalizing and urging him onward. Humbert’s full abjection and Lolita’s corresponding defilement, the collision of sacred and profane in a feast of the senses, occurs on a Sunday while Charlotte is at church. Finding himself alone...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (1): 27–58.
Published: 01 March 2014
... being defiled: his “mind had gathered coarseness, but it had not been poisoned. He sees how many ugly things are covered by the superficial gloss of fashion, but he does not condescend to travesty the facts in order to gratify a morbid taste for the horrible” (67-68). In “The Decay of Literature...