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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2018) 64 (4): 413–448.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Stephen D. Thompson Approaching T. S. Eliot’s oeuvre as a coherent whole, this essay argues that his early work registers a set of philosophical difficulties inherited from the epistemological presumptions of the modern university that he gradually reformulates and resists over the course of his...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2017) 63 (2): 167–190.
Published: 01 June 2017
... understanding of how words convey meaning. Drawing on Stanley Cavell’s distinction between knowledge and acknowledgment, this article proposes that Addie’s social position as a poor housewife in the modernizing US South prompts her to focus on language’s epistemological limits, at the expense of its empathetic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2012) 58 (3): 515–523.
Published: 01 September 2012
... modernism. Saloman’s claim is conservative in some ways and iconoclastic in others. To describe Vic- torian thought as constrained and modernist thought as liberated, as she does, is of course not new. To highlight Woolf’s formal experimentalism— its power to provoke epistemological doubt and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2014) 60 (4): 538–544.
Published: 01 December 2014
... cornerstone,” even as the postcolonialists show us a way to “decolonize Levinas” (2). Drabinski’s argument regarding Gayatri Spivak in Chapter Two provides an example of how this works in practice. Drabinski opens by narrowing his focus to epistemology, on which plane a direct correlation between...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2006) 52 (1): 61–91.
Published: 01 March 2006
... evokes his creator in the paradoxical posture of victimhood and superiority. Thus, though Jake lingers long in the discur­ sive position of hapless victim, his feminization ultimately elevates him as one of the novel’s only true men. This is possible in the sense that, both epistemologically and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2012) 58 (1): 26–59.
Published: 01 March 2012
... to bring epistemological certainty or to lead to positive political, social, or even personal change; Forster’s focus is on humanity’s inability to “ravish the unknown.” On the religious side, the argument runs that the novel’s consistent irony, paradox, subver- sion, or emphasis on the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2019) 65 (3): 187–189.
Published: 01 September 2019
... suggest how the novel’s workings of historical memory function as a kind of geopolitical blues epistemology (versus some enlightenment telos) informing the novel’s content, form, and ethical ambition. For its depth of scholarship, originality of thought, and potential impact on the field of literary...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2009) 55 (4): 618–623.
Published: 01 December 2009
... posthumanistic, constructivist epistemology that emerges only reflexively, in real time, or as Clarke cleverly puts it early in 622 Review the book, “on the fly”: “The only ground for epistemology is one that is constructed on the fly at the location of, and from moment to moment by, the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2010) 56 (2): vi–x.
Published: 01 June 2010
... instead a deliberate authorial strategy on Woolf’s part, in both Orlando and A Room of One’s Own, to offer an antiessentialist alternative—aesthetic, epistemological, and political—to the limiting binary of hetero/homosexuality that came to undergird even theories of androgyny. In order to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2006) 52 (1): 106–110.
Published: 01 March 2006
... impression that “what is China?” is no more complex than defining any other country from within. The changes exhibited in its history are well known, and periods of greatness or weakness flicker in their mental timelines. But the geo­ political, cultural, and epistemological parameters hanging over...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2006) 52 (2): 241–247.
Published: 01 June 2006
... “accept perspectivism” and to “claim grounds beyond perspective” (175). In the context of American literature, the “scaping” of the land is politically as well as epistemologically fraught: “The land was ours before we were the land’s” is Frost’s gnomic formulation of the chiastic logic of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 305–329.
Published: 01 September 2015
... narrators, open-ended narratives—the usual list of modernist formal innovations—along with the introduction of previously off-limits topics. Among the chief effects produced by these innovations was a heightened awareness of epistemological and ontological uncertainty. Traditionally, ethics had relied upon...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2005) 51 (4): 491–494.
Published: 01 December 2005
... heart and bear itself upon them.” Bloom seems to claim, therefore, that Ammons is an unreliable narrator of his own deep urges and epistemological reckonings. But he gives insufficient evidence for this compelling, though counterintuitive, reading. Whether he’s correct or not about this...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2009) 55 (2): 175–208.
Published: 01 June 2009
... “perversion,” queerness, and homoeroticism are just as central to our daily experience. Indeed, in accordance with the deconstructive logic that Sedgwick par- tially adopts for Epistemology of the Closet, it becomes clear that hetero- sexuality cannot exist until it has an opposite to define itself...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2018) 64 (2): 265–272.
Published: 01 June 2018
... inextricably entangle fact and fiction in the treatment of historical material and structural ruins, they undermine the epistemological, codifying drive of mapping and archival projects while bringing to the surface the inherent contradictions of sanctioned archives. Together with his penchant for idioms of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2015) 61 (4): 519–527.
Published: 01 December 2015
..., massacre, and atrocity, this moment in the twenty-first century presents us with challenges of literacy, epistemology, and ethical response. How can we resist consuming representations of mass and systemic violence as sensation and spectacle, and instead bear witness to the suffering of the disempowered...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2016) 62 (3): 337–344.
Published: 01 September 2016
... studies scholars alike that their practices necessarily have implications for political epistemology—even those practices that appear most objective and unbiased. To assume a position of objectivity is to make a claim for epistemological superiority; my arguments and findings are more valid than yours if...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2005) 51 (3): 316–340.
Published: 01 September 2005
... the terminology of politics and theology, Moore creates a poetics of ontology in which language itself best enacts the conditions of existence. In her poetry, Moore refuses to construct an essentialist, egois­ tic subject position that may be epistemologically separated from a web of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2016) 62 (4): 379–402.
Published: 01 December 2016
... direct, personal response to the artifacts on display, resulting, for instance, in the literal distancing necessitated by the suffocating crowds and the epistemological distancing established by the pedantic docent. Framed against the docent’s approach, Hermione’s anti-institutional thinking suggests a...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2010) 56 (2): 131–167.
Published: 01 June 2010
... trends and ideas she expressed a much older understanding of women’s same-sex desires—a belief that they are com- mon to most women—and promoted it as epistemologically, aesthetically, and politically more useful to women than the beliefs about bifurcated sexual identity and dual-gendered minds...