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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2008) 54 (3): 307–338.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Thomas F. Haddox Copyright © Hofstra University 2008 w John Barth’s The Floating Opera and Southern Modernism of the 1950s Thomas F. Haddox D espite hailing from and frequently setting his fiction on the Eastern Shore o f Maryland— a region whose history includes...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2009) 55 (2): 232–254.
Published: 01 June 2009
...: “his navel, bud of flesh: and saw the dark tangled curls of his bush floating, floating hair of the stream around the limp father of thousands, a languid floating flower” (5.570–72). The buoy- ant movements of the phallus, transformed into a lotus flower, are sug- gested by the repetition of the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2006) 52 (3): 306–329.
Published: 01 September 2006
... the keys float lightly like rolls of green dust. (Poems 195) The first glassy threshold (the “pane of bluish glass” in the pool) was a flat, still, hard-edged plane which the bathers’ bodies passed through without ruffling. The second threshold (“cloud reflections pass / Huge amoeba- motions...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2018) 64 (3): 347–370.
Published: 01 September 2018
...-statist orientation. Lily Briscoe and William Bankes are drawn to the bay, for example, because “it was as if the water floated off and set sailing thoughts which had grown stagnant on dry land, and gave to their bodies even some sort of physical relief” ( TL 20). As is often the case in Woolf’s work...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2002) 48 (1): 100–115.
Published: 01 March 2002
... like a kite with a broken spine. (5) The floating text might be approached as referential litter. Might it not be said that Miss Lonelyhearts himself is Uttered with words, and that it is the detritus of drifting language and image that keeps him from expe­ riencing a cathartic re...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2015) 61 (4): 436–459.
Published: 01 December 2015
... submerged bones in Bishop’s early poem “Florida,” where the Floridian mangroves form a skeletal presence in the swamps: “the state that floats in brackish water, / held together by mangrove roots / that bear while living oysters in clusters, / and when dead strew white swamps with skeletons” ( Bishop 2004...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2007) 53 (2): 212–217.
Published: 01 June 2007
... poetry, would concen­ trate so much on Gertrude Stein (more than a third of the entire book is devoted to Stein), and even more baffling that she would concentrate so much on Stein’s narrative work. Works cited Clarke, Adrian, and Robert Sheppard. Afterword. Floating Capital: New Poets from...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2012) 58 (3): 377–398.
Published: 01 September 2012
... like “Jesse and Meribeth” (1985), “Floating Bridge” (2002), “Queenie” (2002), “Runaway” (2004), “Soon” (2004), and “Hired Girl” (2006), untrained women are paid to care for people and spaces simulta- neously, drawing attention to the shifting motivations and arrangements involved in caregiving...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2012) 58 (3): 540–545.
Published: 01 September 2012
... explains Barth’s decisive turn to metafiction in Giles Goat-Boy in 1966, Grausam resorts to the novelist’s 1956 The Floating Opera, whose events take place on the June day in 1937 when the narrator resolves to commit suicide. We seem to be a long way from nuclear holocaust, but Grausam invokes...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2012) 58 (4): 688–693.
Published: 01 December 2012
... Stein to float free of messy politi- cal exigencies (and the concomitant dismay when she fails to do so) could itself be seen as the legacy of genius discourse, with its continued dream of a “superabundant agency” on the part of an idealized artist figure. The difference, Olwell notes, is that we...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2006) 52 (3): 249–274.
Published: 01 September 2006
... would not come and I felt my­ self rush bodily out of myself and out and out and out and all the time bodily in the wind. I went out swiftly, all of myself, and I knew I was dead and that it had all been a mistake to think you just died. Then I floated, and instead of going on I...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2001) 47 (4): 444–466.
Published: 01 December 2001
... Guppees against Khattam Shud is, after all, not just a battle for the freedom to say what you want when you want—it is also a battle fought over competing ideas of nationhood. The ocean of stories is not just a vision of “free narratives” floating vacuously in a world of speech without...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2015) 61 (4): 519–527.
Published: 01 December 2015
... woman’s childhood but also, through this traditional ceremony, the time before revolution. The book’s third chapter considers the reception of two Cambodian American memoirs, Loung Ung’s First They Killed My Father (2000) and Chanrithy Him’s When Broken Glass Floats (2000). For New York Times...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2017) 63 (2): 141–166.
Published: 01 June 2017
... the Zone, with whom they share far more than they do with the upper echelons of Fascist and Nazi power. Although they are floating instead of walking, largely wealthy instead of impoverished, the Anubis passengers—like every stateless individual in the Zone—are caught in the ambiguous realm between...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2008) 54 (2): 263–272.
Published: 01 June 2008
... against Jones in 1961 for publishing a segment from The System of Dante’s Hell in his newsletter The Floating Bear. The poem was filed in a folder marked “Frank O ’Hara,” and Epstein, assuming it was written by O ’Hara, reads it for hints of O ’Hara’s “inability to connect with Baraka” (203...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2013) 59 (2): 196–231.
Published: 01 June 2013
... transgenerational phantom is no free-floating force that overtakes its victims. Instead, it is a carefully preserved legacy of complicity, defining not just the Battle family dynamics but its long-successful business model: each principal of Battle Bros. Inc. has learned at his father’s knee how to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2013) 59 (2): 351–359.
Published: 01 June 2013
... understanding the unexpected sense of freedom and experimentation he experiences during the war itself. (46) Fisher argues that Claude’s experiences at sea on the “floating plague house” enable his rebirth (56). He develops a close relationship with a fellow officer (David) who has...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2013) 59 (2): 377–384.
Published: 01 June 2013
..., Belletto offers a reading of Benny Profane, a char- acter who is continuously subjected to chance and accident. Benny floats through his days without making conscious decisions about his jobs or relationships, while his daily routines resemble slapstick comedy, which “in turn serves as a metaphor...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2018) 64 (2): 191–222.
Published: 01 June 2018
..., Bishop establishes a parallel between the military and biblical contexts in which the rooster has become an icon. In the former, his warlike crowing produces “a senseless order [that] floats /all over town” (36). His posturing and pretence, his “raging heroism defying /even the sensation of dying” (37...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2016) 62 (1): 32–55.
Published: 01 March 2016
... is met with sighs and approval, like a game show or live television. American pop stars float into the scene as if it were nothing. Then there is a drug raid and cocaine is hidden along with Buddhist maxims, political secrets, and the financial prospects of high fashion. The scene is very far from...