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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (4): 709–719.
Published: 01 December 2012
.... Copyright © Hofstra University 2012 Review Nothing Flat Nothing Quite Flat Criminal Ingenuity: Moore, Cornell, Ashbery, and the Struggle Between the Arts by Ellen Levy Oxford University Press, 2011. 260 pages Deep Skin: Elizabeth Bishop and the Visual Arts by Peggy Samuels Cornell...
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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 (2006) 52 (3): 306–329.
Published: 01 September 2006
... gliding stars, stationary shutters, swaying palm trees that produce shadows equated to a fluttering heart). The consciousness of the observer hovers between these spaces—as near (and flat) as the shadows on the wall and as far (and deep) as the stars.9 Other observations made from inside...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (2): 111–144.
Published: 01 June 2006
... is not predicated on a private interiority but on “parroting” the formulae of social interaction. Following Manet, Eliot links flatness—painterly and psychological—with meaningless imitation. All three “portraits” entertain a conception of subjectivity based on reflec­ tion and imitation rather than...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (2): vi–vii.
Published: 01 June 2006
... demonstrates how it instances a flatness that will eventuate in postmodernity’s notorious emphasis on two-dimensional surfaces. Deploying the work of Mi­ chael Fried and other art historians, the author incisively teases out the painting’s central ambiguity, which in turn shapes Eliot’s poem: the flat...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (1): 21–48.
Published: 01 March 2017
... of the spherical as flat, nor an ingenious design which persuades a curve into a plane, but to tell myself again that the line which says woodland and cried hunger and gives out among sweet pine and cypress and finds no horizon will not be there. (1994, 7) The line that is missing from the map...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (2): 193–216.
Published: 01 June 2008
... treatment of the lower-middle-class character Leonard Bast.2 It is ironic, given the narrator’s scolding of Helen Schlegel for deeming Leonard “not a man, but a cause” (246), that Forster himself is widely scolded for doing the same thing. Leonard has conventionally been viewed as a flat...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (1): 79–98.
Published: 01 March 2014
... appear—as many have argued—flat and unconvinc- ing, and critics have found the virulent racism of the white citizens of Lewis’s otherwise mild Midwestern town of Grand Republic wildly extreme and implausible. In his well-known dismissal of the novel (and the talents of Lewis himself), for example...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 283–304.
Published: 01 September 2020
... loses the sense of depth, of a world-within-the-world offered him by their conventional intimacy. “After three weeks of such intimacy,” he feels that “all the usual occupations were unbearably flat and beside the point” (387), but this flatness is not simply boredom. Instead, it is a reduction...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (4): 437–466.
Published: 01 December 2005
... Heart’’ (184). This picture hung in the room she rented from Ethel Matthews. When Anna remembers,“I kept saying,‘Stop, stop,’ so that Ethel wouldn’t hear” (184), it seems as though the whole scene, introduced by the reference to the other clock, refers to a scene in Ethel’s flat...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (1): 78–99.
Published: 01 March 2000
... to integrate fragmentary memories in her design. While her brush flickers across her canvas, scoring it with run­ 82 TO THE LIGHTHOUSE ning lines, the boat travels upward on the visual plane, vanishing toward the horizon, as the sea is tilted upward like the flat surface...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 305–332.
Published: 01 September 2020
... in a great cavern in the face of the cliff, I saw a little city of stone, asleep. It was as still as sculpture—and something like that. It all hung together, seemed to have a kind of composition: pale little houses of stone nestling close to one another, perched on top of each other, with flat roofs, narrow...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (4): 455–480.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., highlighting how “material relationships defined as beyond legal consideration are crucial to the functioning of the law” (74-75).16 In particular, he shows how clients and lawyers’ race and class status influence the outcomes of court cases. For instance, in his defense of the Tooner Flats Seven...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 309–336.
Published: 01 September 2016
... with the protagonist’s wife washing in a portable plastic baby bath situated on the hearth of the couple’s kitchen, one of two rooms they share with their four-year-old son in a tenement flat. The couple frequently discusses whether to move or wait for the infested, dangerously dilapidated building to be condemned...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (1): 189–195.
Published: 01 March 2013
... turmoil and “neurosis” (108) in a particular era through the vehicle of these often flat, easily reproducible images of the Muslim terrorist, rather than true engagement with Muslim characters. For Nash, writers who trade in such representations “operate within a horizon of discourse that does...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (1): 100–114.
Published: 01 March 2000
... as flat— the sameness becomes empty, for all of it is seen through memory shaped by war. Aimlessly, like a patrol without direction, he wheels his father’s “big Chevy” on its seven-mile loop around the lake. The lake itself is flatly pro­ saic—a nondescript midwestern lake that was “a good audience...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (4): 493–513.
Published: 01 December 2008
...-picked sky” has a largesse more indebted to the proem of “The Vanity of Human Wishes” and Young’s vista “Half round the globe” than it does to the actual view from Larkin’s flat in Pearson Park. The Local Studies Library of Kingston upon Hull, in answer to a query about the elevation of this view...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (1): 1–30.
Published: 01 March 2021
... at first glance that such an archaic medium could hold so much promise for Lawrence. But stained glass is a fundamentally “transitional” medium, dynamic and fluid, flat but also not flat. It uses color to extend itself in space the way stone never can, blurring the boundaries between itself...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (2): 117–149.
Published: 01 June 2002
... to be / a serious sacaca” (107travel­ ling as fast as a wish / with my magic cloak of fish / swerving as I swerve” (108). The flatness of the voice in this poem is the flatness of a bad imi­ tation. The poet is inhabiting the riverman’s voice as a tourist, and as a result there is something unpleasantly...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (2): 191–222.
Published: 01 June 2018
... on the dimensions of bas-relief, acquiring a foreground. The “symbolic” birds remain flat in profile, yet in their stillness they remind us of something from another time and place—of hieroglyphs maybe—thus gaining referential depth. The foliage has brightened from “blue, blue-green, and olive” to “hell-green,” its...