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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2016) 62 (1): 75–95.
Published: 01 March 2016
...,” the subject is unable to withstand the pressure of the demands of liberalism. In articulating 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 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 (1 December 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 (1 September 2016) 62 (3): 247–270.
Published: 01 September 2016
... 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 (1 June 2001) 47 (2): 169–196.
Published: 01 June 2001
... for Beckett 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2012) 58 (1): 178–186.
Published: 01 March 2012
...-apartheid periods. 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2012) 58 (2): 365–375.
Published: 01 June 2012
...: “Failure is in some sense a measure of the work’s success,” he attests, qualifying this maxim by argu- ing that “the aesthetic tension between failure and success at the level of the perceiving subject is destroyed by a catastrophic and decisive irrup- 366 Review tion of the ethical. Not the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2005) 51 (4): 504–511.
Published: 01 December 2005
... even 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2017) 63 (3): 237–238.
Published: 01 September 2017
..., intellectual autonomy, gendering the former (pejoratively) as feminine and the latter as masculine. The result of this dogmatic anti-sentimentalism, in Slesinger’s novel, is the failure of affective collectivism and effective political action. Often misread as principally a roman à clef, The Unpossessed is...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2008) 54 (2): 193–216.
Published: 01 June 2008
..., one must admit, at times 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 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 (1 September 2016) 62 (3): 271–288.
Published: 01 September 2016
... crouch in a kennel, to leap out when food is offered him, 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 21–48.
Published: 01 March 2017
... poverty and starvation, many died of malnutrition and its related diseases, and many 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2001) 47 (3): 391–406.
Published: 01 September 2001
... Literature 47.3 Fall 2001 391 J. H. Stape Whatever its incompleteness and failures, The Double Tongue has a sig­ nal place in Golding’s canon as his final statement about a number of issues that had concerned him throughout his career. It is at once an implicit...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2012) 58 (1): 26–59.
Published: 01 March 2012
..., netting a positive religious position.3 Readings from either camp focus 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2017) 63 (3): 370–375.
Published: 01 September 2017
... with a philosophical task it cannot—and should not be asked to—shoulder” (37). Instead of recognizing this failure and circumventing it, numerous twentieth-century theorists foundered on the same conflicts. She discusses Cleanth Brooks and Maurice Blanchot as representative of this tendency, both...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2001) 47 (1): 114–136.
Published: 01 March 2001
... of the text, coupled with the apparent failure of the narrator to control and shape the story, forces the reader to construct a meaning for the text and thereby to participate in the construction of the work itself. In the face of postmodern indeter­ minacy, interpretive authority...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2003) 49 (2): 193–218.
Published: 01 June 2003
... as his. To read the poem as strictly biographical, however, as merely the chronicle of a failed mar­ riage, and all of the subsequent layers of editing and reformulation as Eliot’s guilt-driven burial of the textual evidence of that failure, is overly reductive. In The Waste Land as in much...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2007) 53 (2): vi–x.
Published: 01 June 2007
... the attention down on the essay’s critical moves toward a masterfully prepared and ineluctable conclusion: if we are to avoid a “rationalism gone beserk “ and a squishy overdrive in the emotional gear, then we will seek a “happy marriage” somewhere between the failure of both postures. The...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2007) 53 (4): 535–539.
Published: 01 December 2007
... also a failure at engag­ ing, a retreater, a would-be ascetic), Dewey reads this underappreciated novel assiduously, aptly pointing out its relative warmth and concluding with a powerful summation of its pivotal role in the DeLillo oeuvre and its embrace of narrative as an aesthetic...