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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (1): 75–95.
Published: 01 March 2016
... the importance of antiliberalism in Eliot’s aesthetic, North turns to Auden’s account of the failures of liberalism to which modern poets like Eliot were responding: The most obvious social fact of the last forty years is the failure of liberal capitalist democracy, based on the premises that every individual...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 191–212.
Published: 01 June 2017
...Matthew Sandler This paper poses the work of Gertrude Stein as a challenge to contemporary scholarship centered on theories of failure. Demonstrating that Stein’s notion of failure as a precondition for success derived from nineteenth-century selfhelp books, I follow her work with this paradox from...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (4): 545–568.
Published: 01 December 2001
...John J. Su Copyright © Hofstra University 2002 ULI Epic of Failure: Disappointment as Utopian Fantasy in Midnight's Children John J. Su And so, by a strange and melancholy paradox, the moment of failure is the moment of value; the comprehending and experi­ encing...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 163–190.
Published: 01 June 2021
... its pursuit of what Jack Halberstam has called “generative models of failure.” In exploring this mode of subjectivity, Barnes seeks to undermine a host of ostensible oppositions (hope and fear, ascendence and decadence, success and failure, morbidity and vitality), opening up a conceptual...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 247–270.
Published: 01 September 2016
... of purgatory. Beckett’s purgatory in the novel, however, is a failure by design: if purgatory represents the opportunity for expiation and for an eventual end of suffering, in Watt’s purgatory the possibility of such opportunity is a subject of mockery. “Beckett in Purgatory” thus offers Watt as a case study...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 431–454.
Published: 01 December 2021
... at Harvard, Eliot took course notes on mathematical logic and number theory that show him grappling again and again with a concept of numerical irrationality, a dilemma that, for him, seems to threaten the coherence of the world itself, the failures of enumeration auguring broader pandemonium. Under...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 79–102.
Published: 01 March 2020
... the subject to the figure of the sovereign in a soteriological relation. However, where the narcissist disavows the lack internal to his constitution in the identification with his idol, the hysteric, though placed in the field of the sovereign’s desire, ultimately foregrounds the failure of the redemptive...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (2): 163–184.
Published: 01 June 2020
... (1979), I demonstrate that it is finally the failure of connection or solidarity that motivates Naipaul’s attentiveness to the other. Copyright © 2020 Hofstra University 2020 colonial modernity ethics globalization postcolonialism trauma V S. Naipaul’s composite novel In a Free State...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2024) 70 (1): 55–84.
Published: 01 March 2024
... these texts, the essay argues that directed evolution offered a recognizable trajectory with which to render the complexity and strangeness of prehistoric and modern life alike into a familiar linear shape by reading certain extinct animals as moral exemplars of evolutionary failure. While reformers hoped...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (2): 169–196.
Published: 01 June 2001
... or for myself. Rather, I raise the question of Beckett as homo to join Bersani in the attempt to rethink “what we mean and what we expect from communi­ cation, and from community” (Homos 181). I want to examine how Beck­ ett’s “determination to fail” or “cult of failure,” as well as his...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 271–288.
Published: 01 September 2016
..., and to leap back when he has swallowed it” (1976, 237). Just over a year later, on February 7, 1915, Kafka is at a “complete standstill” with his writing and regards himself as “execrable” (330). The next entry reveals that his failure now concerns an effort to produce a “dog story,” focusing on the very...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (2): 365–375.
Published: 01 June 2012
... that the creative and scholarly industries of contemporary culture seek to inter- rogate. If the disappointments of Bewes’s approach result from its ambition and achievements, he has to a degree prepared us for this via the para- doxical logic of his overarching aesthetic claim: “Failure is in some sense...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (1): 43–63.
Published: 01 March 2005
... thematic “failure” and reveals Forster’s ambivalence concerning such a marriage. The vexed interactions between Schlegels and Wilcoxes reflect larger (and ongoing) cultural tensions, in particular between the aesthetic and the practical. It is thus illuminating to examine the relationship between...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 178–186.
Published: 01 March 2012
.... Tracking the way the cattle killing has resurfaced in multiple anti-colonial moments, Wenzel explores how the event enters a Southern African and transnational global imaginary. She is interested not in the failure of the prophecy but in the persistence of its prophetic vision, in its afterlives...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (3): 329–362.
Published: 01 September 2023
...? (373) While access to an absolute would make sense of the world’s woes, in Watt what gets disclosed is merely their scope. Indeed, it is only after the epistemological failure of interior investigation that Watt ponders the nature of his service in Mr Knott’s house. In this he...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (2): 193–216.
Published: 01 June 2008
... unflat­ tering. But in illuminating Leonard’s shortcomings, the novel is seeking both to challenge the logic by which social or economic failure is reflex- ively moralized into personal failure (rather than being related to material disadvantages or the standards by which society happens to judge...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (4): 504–511.
Published: 01 December 2005
... this score, grappling with Eliot’s failures and successes in this regard. Though the anecdote about the royal family does not appear in his book, Chinitz does tell a more familiar story of Eliot missing the mark with an audience. After a performance of his experimental play Sweeney Agonistes atVassar...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 26–59.
Published: 01 March 2012
... on the novel’s treatment of religious experience, most prominently Hindu mysticism. On the skeptic side, Hindu mysticism in the novel, like Christianity and Islam, is presented and in turn subverted because of its failure to bring epistemological certainty or to lead to positive political, social...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): 123–141.
Published: 01 June 2005
... to the failure of the word or category beauty—to the tautology that, let us say, opens the text or, perhaps, (fore)closes it as it attempts to begin. Unable to climb toward the light of the signified, we remain exposed to the uncertainty of the signifier. This problem concerning...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (1): 21–48.
Published: 01 March 2017
... more were forced to leave Ireland in the massive emigrations that continued for nearly fifty years. 9 Why did one crop’s failure devastate an entire country? By the mid-nineteenth century two-thirds of native Irish people were tenant agricultural workers. This status commonly meant...