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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (2): vi–vii.
Published: 01 June 2006
... and the twentieth-century volume of The Norton Anthology of English Literature. Professor Ramazani writes: Whole worlds of thought—that is what I felt I encountered in the anonymous essays I had the honor of considering for this year’s prize. Just back from an international literary convention, I...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (4): 433–435.
Published: 01 December 2015
... but cheerful”: the somber tonalities of the poem’s memento mori imagery mingles oddly with a tone of gaiety, reflected in a proliferation of sly puns (e.g., humorous/humerus ) and learned etymological gags, and above all in a kind of carnivalesque music of marimbas and claves . Another of this essay’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (2): ix–x.
Published: 01 June 2012
...) of Literary Theory: An Anthology. Professor Ryan writes: It affords me great pleasure to choose “Mrs. Dalloway’s Animals and the Humanist Laboratory” as the winner of the Kappel Prize for this year. The essay is distinguished by its elegant style of writing and by its insightful argument...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (2): vi–viii.
Published: 01 June 2014
... of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and Professor in the Institute for Research in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Her most recent book is The Generation of Postmemory: Writing and Visual Culture After the Holocaust. She is working on a series of essays on memory, mobility...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (2): vi–x.
Published: 01 June 2007
... of their ideas in their interests—economic, psychological, or corporeal.” I began my read­ ing of this essay with a child’s attitude toward eating her vegetables, or in consonance with the primary figurative path of the essay, not very interested in a “happy marriage” between literature...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (2): vi–viii.
Published: 01 June 2008
... of representation” essay. But instead of doing the predictable, mechanical, judgmental thing, it performs a truly creative act, making the explication of a minor anecdote into the model of a winningly stylish and broadly valuable mode of literary history. The anecdote is straightforward: the 21...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (2): vi–vii.
Published: 01 June 2009
... of higher education. His most recent book is No University Is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom. Professor Nelson writes: Over the course of my career, I have had the occasion to evaluate several hundred essays for publication—an easier task, it turns out, than deciding which...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 237–238.
Published: 01 September 2017
...-acknowledged intersections between modernism and the 1930s left. One of the most exciting aspects of this essay is its astute representation of the language and structure of Slesinger’s novel as playing equal roles with characterization and narrative in making her implied argument. The Unpossessed...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (3): 241–242.
Published: 01 September 2022
... the author calls “Rousseau’s divided property metaphysics”—this essay shows how conservative attitudes toward poverty is nowhere as interesting, or as complex, or as vexing as liberal, progressive attempts to grapple with poverty. The author traces the aspirations, contradictions, and ironies that dog...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (3): 241–243.
Published: 01 September 2023
... appreciation of the extent to which what Raymond Williams would call “residual” and “emergent” historical tendencies coexist dialectically—indeed, are mutually constitutive—in any given moment or cultural expression. The essay also cautions, however, against drawing premature conclusions about what is going...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (2): vi–x.
Published: 01 June 2010
... Hutcheon writes: During the process of reading, with great pleasure and increas- ing admiration, the fine essays nominated for the 2010 Andrew J. Kappel Prize, I was struck by how each, in its different way, gives us a strong sense of the state of the (critical) art today. All of them...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (2): vii–xi.
Published: 01 June 2011
... delight; an invented John Wayne chan- neling Gayle Rubin’s “Traffic in Women” is strange and wonderful. But in “Hemingway, Literalism, and Transgender Reading,” the essay selected for the Andrew J. Kappel Prize, we come across a story just as marvelous and not at all invented...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (2): v–vii.
Published: 01 June 2002
... on by. Professors, on the other hand, must regularly read academic essays they have not chosen: graduate student papers or disserta­ tion chapters, articles submitted to journals, essays by job candi­ dates, or works of colleagues up for promotion. Though this is a professional fate...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (2): v–vii.
Published: 01 June 2003
...” offers an ambitious, theoretically sophisticated, and historically informed reading of a text that may too often be seen as at best a “provincial” classic. The essay brings out the interest of Bennett’s text with respect to the permeation of the provinces with the effects and even...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (2): v–viii.
Published: 01 June 2004
.... Intensely researched, thought about, and argued scholarship for specialists in literature still has a home in journals like Twentieth-Century Literature. The essays submitted to me for the Kappel Prize are a case in point. All are rigorous, challenging, and well-written...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): vi–ix.
Published: 01 June 2005
... of power; no discov­ eries of what turn out to be obvious cultural forces; and above all no willful allegorizing of texts on the basis of single passages and the author’s passion to make it new. The finalists’ essays were all careful analyses of particular texts driven by powerful...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 215–234.
Published: 01 June 2021
...Noreen Masud Critics of Stevie Smith’s work often lean on the word “flat.” Usually, the term is meant to evoke Smith’s “simplicity” and lack of ornamentation, her refusal to lift into “poetic resonance,” or her unreadable tone. This essay attends more closely to flatness in Smith’s work, exploring...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (3): 287–304.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Derek Ryan This essay argues that a posthumanist ethics is at the heart of modernist aesthetics. Drawing connections between literary ethics and posthumanist theory, it reads D. H. Lawrence’s poem “Snake” and Virginia Woolf ’s essay “The Death of the Moth” as examples of nonanthropocentric ethical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 217–236.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Mark Mayer This essay takes up Adrienne Rich’s unexplained assertion that Wallace Stevens’s racial and racist language is a “key to the whole” of his poetry. Focusing mostly on Stevens’s 1941 diptych “The News and the Weather,” the essay begins an anthology of critical approaches to the racial...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (1): 53–74.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Francisco E. Robles This essay argues that Tomás Rivera’s seminal Chicano text . . . y no se lo tragó la tierra is a polyvocal and deeply communal work whose formal inventiveness illuminates the imaginative lives of migrant workers. Contesting the dominant critical reading of the book...