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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 1–20.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Jay Rajiva This essay argues that at the center of Coetzee’s reading of Robinson Crusoe lies the exposure of the Christian secret in both the colonial enterprises of the characters and the authorial presences of Defoe and Coetzee. My argument draws on Jacques Derrida’s The Gift of Death , which...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2010) 56 (3): 341–370.
Published: 01 September 2010
... kind of artistry rather than pay them. An exchange of gifts The poem’s composition was inspired by five gifts that circulated among a group of Moore’s friends: a walking stick given by Moore’s brother Warner to Sibley Watson, publisher of the then-defunct Dial; a wax seal imprinted on an...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2005) 51 (4): 491–494.
Published: 01 December 2005
...- ness precludes: it finds in particulars the central urges and assumptions of the overriding movement. In her essay “A. R. Ammons: Pilgrim, Sage, Ordinary Man,” Bonnie Costello reveals a similar gift for moving from formal analysis to larger claims. She’s expert at describing what might be...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2010) 56 (1): 47–70.
Published: 01 March 2010
... heel pressed. (Poems 11) Continuing to draw on an actual US landscape, the poem traces the flight through “flowering grass” (11) and larch trees (12), paralleling the path through the Willow Eddy area in Monocacy Creek as described in H.D.’s memoir The Gift. There H.D. imagines...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2008) 54 (3): 362–387.
Published: 01 September 2008
... as enfolded in a natural world that both sustains and threatens to undo them. Yet even the threat is no simple antagonism, but almost a kind of gift; there would be no hearthside comfort without the dark of the night. Domesticity shines out within the wild, and one is reminded of the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2008) 54 (3): 396–400.
Published: 01 September 2008
... significant their pro­ duction might have been in their moment, fall well short of the formal and intellectual excellence of the poets he treats. Instead, he is primarily concerned with how several highly self-conscious, learned (if often largely self-taught), and technically gifted poets dealt with a...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2012) 58 (1): 169–177.
Published: 01 March 2012
... Guin intervening obliquely in this controversy by developing, in The Dispossessed, a radically alternative conception of motherhood. Instead of positioning motherhood on the spectrum that stretches between individual ownership and a communal commons, Le Guin treats maternity as a gift...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2013) 59 (2): 343–350.
Published: 01 June 2013
... James, flaunting the very same topaz ring James himself is wearing. Edel got the ring as a gift in appreciation of his service to the James family after the 1953 publica- tion of the first volume of his James biography. His exaltation—“The ring fits my finger—the same one HJ wore it on—as if it...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2009) 55 (4): 485–509.
Published: 01 December 2009
... humanity, lived in a fear that never died, fretted by a law they could not understand. (63) In Pygmalion Eliza’s father echoes these words almost exactly when an American millionaire’s gift transforms him from a dustman into a lec- turer on public morals. “Who asked him to make a gentleman...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2001) 47 (1): 20–38.
Published: 01 March 2001
... hidden Keatsian poet he is marked out for suffering and an early death. A quality located in­ side Owen—figured as a gift or spark—dooms him. Blunden quotes a letter of Mary Gray, who knew Owen while he was recovering from shell shock at Craiglockhart hospital: “Throughout...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2004) 50 (2): 167–191.
Published: 01 June 2004
... of her, Merrill tells a story that exemplifies not only Bishop’s moral sensitivity, which is a concomitant of respect, but also her “gift to be simple”: prisoners in Brazil were able to talk to her quietly, “like an old friend who would understand” (122). Bishop herself struggled with...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2005) 51 (3): 385–390.
Published: 01 September 2005
... erasure of the comfort women, is, I think, typical of her gift for articulating how an authors formal choices carry forward the emotional, psychological, and politi— 389 Patricia P. Chu cal subtleties of a literary text’s message and the way this and other texts interrogate...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2007) 53 (4): 535–539.
Published: 01 December 2007
... that solidified DeLillo s reputation—are particularly fresh and reliable. He also displays a gift for epigrammatic phrasing that (when it doesn’t lapse into glibness) can be striking: for example, in the contrast between Bucky Wunderlick’s neighbors in Great Jones Street—the hack writer Eddie...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2008) 54 (2): 166–192.
Published: 01 June 2008
... moment of responsibility such as it exposes me to the singular other, the one who appeals to me. “Here I am” is the only self­ presentation presumed by every form of responsibility. —Derrida (The Gift of Death 71) Hill’s poetry solicits a rare and complex encounter...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2011) 57 (2): 272–276.
Published: 01 June 2011
... to find beauty and solace in literature and its insights into the human condition, and that is their greatest gift to their readers. Crossing the Creek effectively describes a significant literary relation- ship between two major female literary figures of the twentieth century, one black...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2012) 58 (2): 349–354.
Published: 01 June 2012
... scholar while ren- dering them unobtrusive for the pure letter reader. For that magnificent gift, I join the entire literary community in thanking and commending Professors Spanier, Trogdon, and Miller. Works cited Hemingway, Ernest. A Moveable Feast. New York: Scribners, 1964. The Sun Also...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2013) 59 (1): 79–103.
Published: 01 March 2013
... places readers before the law in the first sentence. The novel commences with a confession sealed by the novel’s narrator, an English teacher of languages: “To begin with I wish to disclaim the possession of those high gifts of imagination and expression which would have enabled my pen to create...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2017) 63 (3): 365–369.
Published: 01 September 2017
... exhilarating, frequently brilliant, and full of gifts critical, philosophical, and aesthetic. It is the kind of book that at moments makes one feel like cheering. Why Wittgenstein? For Altieri, Wittgenstein functions not only as a fresh source of philosophical theory about the nature of expression but also...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2003) 49 (1): 1–11.
Published: 01 March 2003
... d’accueil, its gift much of the little early recognition as a serious writer that he would receive; hacking in Hollywood and still en­ tering the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine writing contest as late as 1946, he would confide wistfully that “in France I am the father of a literary...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2001) 47 (1): 39–71.
Published: 01 March 2001
... early essays and prose fiction and into her later work. Its text bound in violet leather and typed with purple ink, Woolf’s gift to her childhood friendViolet Dickinson is the direct antecedent to the later “mock” biography Orlando, and in that capacity “ Friendships Gallery” illustrates...