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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 393–410.
Published: 01 December 2019
... as mere inhibitions, stylistic constraints provided Rich with patterns she could play with and against. In turn, formal rules allowed her to think critically about different social and political limits. This article hopes to encourage a more nuanced appreciation of Rich’s formalist period, highlight its...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 147–172.
Published: 01 June 2015
... political effectiveness precisely within formal autonomy. By tracing the presence of the Cadillac in US rhetorics of race, the nature of the dozens as a formally hermetic expressive form, and the signifying potential of conspicuous consumption, I demonstrate the radical and utopian content of Ellison’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (3): 373–391.
Published: 01 September 2015
... and has significance for environmentalist ethics. This article traces the stylistic and formal influence of cosmopolitan and metropolitan experience upon Butts’s evocations of rural Dorset before looking at her work’s ethical implications in more detail. It examines some of the tensions that arise...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 309–336.
Published: 01 September 2016
... Billy Elliot , and more collectivist, formally innovative texts like GB84 . Works cited Ayres Jackson . 2014 . “ Confirming the New Orthodoxy: Martin Amis’s Money and Thatcherism .” Twentieth-Century Literature 60 , no. 1 : 59 – 78 . Barker Pat . (1982) 1999 . “Union Street...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 53–78.
Published: 01 March 2018
..., Wicomb aligns her text with a formal inventiveness that (in her view) emphasizes the power of language to free us rather than (merely) entrap us. The author’s analysis thus both draws on and departs from Derek Attridge’s discussion of modernism in David’s Story , suggesting that Benjamin’s radical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (1): 53–74.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Francisco E. Robles This essay argues that Tomás Rivera’s seminal Chicano text . . . y no se lo tragó la tierra is a polyvocal and deeply communal work whose formal inventiveness illuminates the imaginative lives of migrant workers. Contesting the dominant critical reading of the book...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2022
... documentary film, Mass Observation, and the publications of Victor Gollancz Ltd., the article considers how, while marking a kind of formal shift away from a late Victorian discourse of poverty, this development maintains that earlier discourse’s disciplinary agenda. In examining three case studies—John...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (3): 245–270.
Published: 01 September 2023
... marked his first significant encounter with the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire, who would become a key formal and imaginative model, and the coincidence makes visible a strange parallel between modernist poetry and market research. The paranoid aesthetics of information management that “Howl” puts...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (1): 1–30.
Published: 01 March 2021
... or to the external world, Lawrence’s prose converts stained glass’s organizing principles into syntax, foregrounding the contrasts and overlaps between nouns and adjectives, independent and dependent clauses, and words’ multiple repetitions. In doing so, he formalizes a conceptual parallel: the non-verbal medium’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 283–304.
Published: 01 September 2020
... fiction. Drawing on contemporary critiques of intimacy by Lauren Berlant and Leo Bersani, I argue that sociality in Woolf’s writing is an unhealing scar, a problem of subject-world relation that necessarily persists, but that in doing so, stimulates Woolf’s formal inventiveness. Registering impersonal...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (1): 75–99.
Published: 01 March 2021
... formal features, such as the adopted/fostered characters’ abrupt discovery of their adoptive status and the presence of psychological discourses in representing the distress of learning that new information. They come to very different conclusions, however, about the root cause of the adopted characters...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (3): 396–404.
Published: 01 September 2010
... after wave of theory and canon- expansion, the advent of a self-validating “formalism” as simply the next trend is hardly something to be welcomed. Formal scrutiny of a lyric poem—its rhythms and meter, its syntax and rhyme—can only take a reader so far in engaging with the poem itself in a fully...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 491–498.
Published: 01 December 2021
... element of literary form, Moi argues, and that ingrained attitude— grafted onto the New Critical isolation of the text—has made critics wary of assigning character any independence from its formal function. Dorothy J. Hale’s new book, The Novel and the New Ethics , aligns with Moi’s call for a critical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 147–156.
Published: 01 March 2020
... University Press , 2016 . 240 pages. © 2019 Hofstra University 2019 The new formalism may no longer be so new, but its call to reinvigorate the study of form continues to be heard, as two recent books on Asian American literature can attest. While it is true that Asian American studies has...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 1–8.
Published: 01 March 2011
... modern enterprise, stranded like silty, barren islets in an archipelago of indiffer- ence within the floodwaters of “hysterical realism” and post-imperial romance? Is their untimeliness of that sort—reactive, backward-looking, formally nostalgic? Surely not. It would be preferable to argue...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (2): 255–262.
Published: 01 June 2008
... (2), “an insistence that the visual arts be seen as part of the ‘argument’ of Pound’s work, providing a model that is not restricted to the formal” (7). In the current critical parlance, “visual culture” usually refers to all cultural artifacts and activities with a visual component...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 392–401.
Published: 01 September 2020
... into the experience of their readers, while the other aims to demonstrate how some modernist authors created works that modeled heightened forms of receptivity for their readers. While one holds up the aesthetic autonomy guaranteed by formal narrative techniques meant to distance readers from texts, the other prizes...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (3): 371–395.
Published: 01 September 2010
... out questions about poetry and politics not anticipated in A Street in Bronzeville, questions about what poetic form revolutionary poetry should take. In particular, poems she titled ballads that are not formally ballads (“the sonnet-ballad” [1949] and “The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Em...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (2): 279–285.
Published: 01 June 2009
..., as Oser indicates, of a “gnostic remove[d] from moral life” (123). It is true that The Waste Land predates by five years Eliot’s formal conversion to Christianity, and Oser identi- fies the Eliot of this poem as “a Christian skeptic” (83). But it seems to me unmistakable that the Eliot of The Waste...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 289–298.
Published: 01 September 2019
... method, but as this quotation indicates, it’s more accurate to say that his genre analysis requires an array of other methods (formalism, cultural history, and literary sociology). Martin’s work, with its close attention to the subtle shifts in genre forms over time, provides a much better example...