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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Luke Lewin Davies This article explores the emergence of a new mode of representing the poor that became dominant in Britain in the early twentieth century—a mode in which the “point of view” of impoverished people themselves was increasingly foregrounded. Focusing on examples drawn from...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (3): 273–294.
Published: 01 September 2022
... psychological work on trance, it argues that, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, queer desire was in part understood as a function of compulsively misdirected and pathologically fixed attention. Embracing rather than refuting this model of queerness, writers such as Barnes and Rechy drew...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 385–406.
Published: 01 December 2021
... this reductive reflex, this essay reads James Weldon Johnson’s 1912 novel The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man as a serious exploration of biracial identity and experience. Specifically, the article argues that Johnson draws on early twentieth-century conceptions of femininity as a vehicle for rendering mainly...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (1): 75–100.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Nancy Kang This essay argues that Langston Hughes’s acclaimed short story “The Blues I’m Playing” (1934) offers provocative feminist and queer insights into “Negrotarian” patronage of the early twentieth century. Against the backdrop of the Harlem Renaissance, the discussion sets out to define...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (2): 113–150.
Published: 01 June 2022
... the progressive marriage of politics and science. In reading Schuyler’s contrarian engagement with American race science through the novel’s use of medical technology, the essay extends critical discourse on the relationship between eugenics, progressive politics, and racial uplift in the early twentieth century...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 191–214.
Published: 01 June 2021
... in the early twentieth century. Studying how Dismorr’s divergent and feminist approach to Vorticist practice exploits “the materialities of abstraction,” or the traces of the material world that evince the outside of the abstract art object, it suggests that these material traces lead us to reimagine...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 237–238.
Published: 01 September 2017
...” (a play on Dostoevsky’s novel, Demons —translated into English in the early twentieth century as The Possessed ) because of their trust in the evasions of selfhood, of personal relationship, and of private property in the name of freedom. Slesinger’s satire implicitly proposes, in contrast...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (2): 265–272.
Published: 01 June 2020
... to emerge. Animal Subjects is concerned with the professional as well as amateur practice of natural history, an age-old field of study whose method rests on the act of observation. Though early twentieth-century biology is often characterized as the beginning of the age of experimental embryology...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 337–344.
Published: 01 September 2016
... that is itself suffering under monocultural agriculture in the South. Schuster points out that despite their melancholic awareness of the environmental burdens black people endure due to oppressive land management regimes, such early twentieth-century blues songs are clearly not turning grief into grievance...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (1): 92–95.
Published: 01 March 2006
... idealists. For much of the early twentieth century, whether in pre-Negri- tude Paris or in renaissance Harlem, black intellectuals took up multiple banners of internationalism—sometimes to underscore homegrown racism, sometimes to resist the dehumanizing effects of colonial oppres­ sion...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (4): 663–687.
Published: 01 December 2012
... and within smaller, more intimate spaces” (21). But like Luker, Reagan finds little public discussion of abortion during the early twentieth century. While Luker suspects that “medical ‘ownership’ of abortion” caused the public silence around it by “undercut[ting] potential opposition from all other...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 551–558.
Published: 01 December 2010
... and criminal law. Charting the vast implications of the early twentieth- century expansion of tort law, Reichman maintains that this shift ushered in a vision of social coexistence premised on enlarged networks of ethical “responsibility.” For Reichman, tort law augmented not only the scope...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 473–479.
Published: 01 December 2019
... but to problematize the categorical privileging of the human that has made such dehumanization possible” (2). From early twentieth-century media images to the untold literary depictions of dead bodies within modernist writing, the sheer number of ways in which Edwards addresses the corpse can be daunting...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (2): vi–vii.
Published: 01 June 2009
... importance is not only that it offers a fresh interpretation of a signal modern career but also that it sets that reinterpretation in the context of the legal and social constructions of race that dominated the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. From the 1896 Plessy v...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (4): 513–519.
Published: 01 December 2020
... as the single rather than “a paired event of mass death” (3) in the early twentieth century. The word “reframing” is not idle. It rather points to Outka’s adaptation of Judith Butler ’s influential concept of “grievability” to the literary history of the pandemic. Briefly, in her Frames of War: When...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (4): 437–464.
Published: 01 December 2023
... (2015 : 72) goes so far as to suggest that Mary is “eroticized by and for her work.” 7 Women who loved outside of marriage in the early twentieth century ran a lot of risks: the risk of destitution, of being left with the responsibility of children, and of losing respectability in society’s eyes...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (2): 333–340.
Published: 01 June 2012
... Seitler Minnesota University Press, 2008. 328 pages Carrie Rohman Dana Seitler’s discussion of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century science, fiction, and photography in Atavistic Tendencies: The Culture of Sci- ence in American Modernity draws from a broad range of theoretical sources...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (2): 360–368.
Published: 01 June 2013
... family household, and the decline of live-in servants all conspired during the early twentieth century to redefine companionate marriage as the locus of intimacy. But at the same time as marriage was being tasked with sus- taining intimacy, “desires that lurked beyond the borders of the law...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (1): 47–70.
Published: 01 March 2010
... associations” that drive these early poems are particularly American. Early twentieth-century Anglo European representations of US culture often prompted discomfort and embarrassment for US writ- ers. Even a cursory glance at the English-language literary magazines of the first few decades...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (3): 241–243.
Published: 01 September 2023
... modernist’s creation of long lines purporting to capture everything at once, while reflective of an early twentieth-century writer’s “sane compassion” for the exciting new cosmopolitanism, proved assimilable to Ginsberg’s considerably more “paranoid” estimate of the destructive potential lurking within...