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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (4): 359–378.
Published: 01 December 2016
... “dark riddles” that compose Bloom’s discursive negotiations, it concludes that Joyce demonstrates the vital role self-narrativizing plays in countering existential isolation, and that his narrative technique is in important ways aligned with Levinas’s conception of an ethics of love. 8 Judith...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (1): 50–76.
Published: 01 March 2002
... the constraints of society and its institutions. In the 1960s, he defined this freedom in the context of existentialism, but even after his interest in the broader philosophy of existentialism declined in the 1970s, he maintained a concern with the achievement of “authenticity...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 237–260.
Published: 01 September 2019
... existentialism New Criticism Flannery O’Connor’s “The Artificial Nigger” was originally published in the Kenyon Review in April 1955. The story would be published again later the same year in the collection A Good Man Is Hard to Find , but its initial editing and publication occurred in consultation...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (2): 191–214.
Published: 01 June 2002
... when he said that Burke was his prime theoretical influence, and argue that his work was neither a form of existential anguish nor modernist practice but a form of pragmatism and a form of Burkean rhetoric.7 As Ellison himself explained near the end of his life, “in college and on my own, I...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (1): 1–11.
Published: 01 March 2003
..., the relation with France and its culture figured—often significantly, at times decisively—in America’s con­ tributions to major literary and critical currents of the twentieth centu­ ry: the modernist revolution, the creation and dissemination of the existential vision, postwar African-American...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (2): 277–285.
Published: 01 June 2010
... that there was a “fundamental evolu- tion in the concept of the authentic self” at midcentury, a movement from “an existential emphasis on self-constitution to a more postmodern view of the self as an embodiment of culture” (3). However, this transition does not, as critics often assume, abandon concerns...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 139–162.
Published: 01 June 2021
... system of past-present-future” (25); and the roman , which occupies an “existential present” (21), a “present of consciousness” (24). Realism “is a consequence of the [unresolved] tension between these terms,” which in nineteenth-century art also becomes a tension between emotion that can be named...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 9–19.
Published: 01 March 2011
... treatment Coetzee gives to all his material, but in the Australian writing it becomes more thoroughly allegorized. The allegories of authorship in the Austra- 12 Coetzee’s Postcolonial Diaspora lian fiction have to do with the relationships between the existential and the representational...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 217–236.
Published: 01 September 2019
..., that arranges Stevens’s existentially divided poetic landscape. Unfortunately, the predominating critical approach to Stevens’s racial imagination is neglect. Reading two versions of “The News and the Weather”—the version first submitted to Accent , a literary magazine at the University of Illinois...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (3): 346–368.
Published: 01 September 2000
... depressive illness as such. Taken as a whole, the range of these accounts, incorporating both the existentialism of Percy and the identity-based accounts of Styron and Wurtzel, illustrates in miniature the evolution in popular thinking about the self during the postwar decades. This essay argues...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 437–460.
Published: 01 December 2019
... to the madness of gender itself. It is little wonder that Anna is so attracted to antipsychiatry’s purportedly gender-neutral alternative to these models of madness. Drawing on existential phenomenology, Laing conceives of the body as, to use Grosz’s term, a “lived body,” constructed by way...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (2): 166–192.
Published: 01 June 2008
... dramatizes an existential reca­ libration of interiority by which its value is knowable from the inside, intrinsically, measured out in Bonhoeffer’s own footsteps. As the poem continues, Hill shifts this spatial doubling into a temporal or historical one, with Bonhoeffer’s past commitment arriving...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (2): 153–181.
Published: 01 June 2007
..., which seeks to uncover racial particularities elided in an existential fantasy of universalized American identity, remains constrained by a positivist na­ tional fantasy that particular identities can reliably be recognized. With Our America, Walter Benn Michaels is probably the most visible...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (1): 61–91.
Published: 01 March 2006
... or existential way, dogged, wounded, even castrated “from the start.” This could be a more general human problem, but the term bitched seems to narrow the field by half in implying that the condition it names is—that bad thing—to be feminized. While feminization is not a word Hemingway himself...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 449–482.
Published: 01 December 2018
..., see Lurie 2012 . Simon Goldhill (2014) argues for the conflation of tragedy and theodicy in German Idealism, Dale Kramer (2010) provides an overview of Christianized Victorian tragedy, and Joseph Wood Krutch (1929) voices the modernist conviction that tragedy and existential comfort...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (4): 572–596.
Published: 01 December 2009
... philosophical and existential ones.2 No 572Twentieth-Century Literature 55.4 Winter 2009 572 Darwin’s Bulldog and Huxley’s Ape doubt this distinction between Victorian and modernist is too facile, but maybe less so than we might hope. Certainly biographers of Darwin and T. H. Huxley...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (3): 540–545.
Published: 01 September 2012
... through physics: the imagination of nuclear-powered apocalypse and the sense of an imminent existential ending finally made possible by the advance of modern science. In a brisk rereading of works by some of the usual postmodern suspects—John Barth, Thomas Pynchon, Robert Coover, Tim O’Brien, Don...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (4): 507–512.
Published: 01 December 2017
... oscillation between guilty self-identification and oracular diagnosis of the origins of evil, Auden works to articulate an adequate existential response to historic disaster. While the commuter’s “morning vow” to “concentrate more on my work” is evidence of a “dense” moral solipsism the poem wants to oppose...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (4): 511–518.
Published: 01 December 2015
... and generalized sense of racial discrimination against Indians by the British” than as a statement about caste (52, 54). For Anand, “untouchability, like race, becomes an intolerable existential reality” rather than a marker of alterity (55). Again, paternalistic and appropriative—but Shingavi maintains that even...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (4): 531–537.
Published: 01 December 2008
...,” in DuPlessis’s account, is a utopian project, an ongoing existential and social critique of the world in which we live and an attempt at imagining a better one. I find DuPlessis’s juxtaposi­ tion of Oppen’s verse to Benjamin’s Arcades Project and Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory both apt and suggestive, though...