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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 79–100.
Published: 01 March 2018
... it repeated almost verbatim in the preface to A Backward Glance (1934), where being “insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways” (1990a, 771) is presented as the secret to a happy old age. The gist in both cases is the same: curiosity is praiseworthy when...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (2): 147–176.
Published: 01 June 2023
...Taylor Johnston-Levy This article explores how antiracism cultivates happiness among white subjects and how that emotion alienates people of color. It argues that a cohort of twentieth-century African American writers critiqued this happy antiracism in their fiction, examining Richard Wright’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 359–384.
Published: 01 December 2021
...Madison Priest Helga Crane, the heroine of Nella Larsen’s critically acclaimed 1928 novel, Quicksand , is a maddening protagonist. Hysterical, reactive, impulsive, and compulsive, she seems constitutionally incapable of finding any sort of happiness. In accounting for Helga’s frustrating...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (3): 329–362.
Published: 01 September 2023
..., nor does trouble sprout from the ground; but human beings are born to trouble just as sparks fly upward” (5:6–7). 32 In Beckett’s terms could we call this a quest for a kind of happiness? The hellish cacophony of voices in The Unnamable seems to cry out against it, even if its “strange hell...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (1): 53–82.
Published: 01 March 2023
...,” which is shaped by ready-made self-pity: “He would never be able to make her happy . . . hadn’t that sense of his own imperfection driven everyone, especially her, his poor love, into misery” (180). Kubo’s inability to achieve personal happiness, Pak makes clear, is overdetermined in and by colonial...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (2): 199–230.
Published: 01 June 2006
... Unsurprisingly, the last page of Maus does not have a page number; it is not stamped with a linear logic of progression. In a way, Maus does end the most traditional way a narrative can: with a literal claim of“happy ever after.” And it ends the most literal way a biography can: with the death of its...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (4): 510–546.
Published: 01 December 2009
... What intervenes between Schuyler’s narrative elimination and resuscita- tion of race is a disturbingly macabre tale of the ironically named Happy Hill, Mississippi. Like the larger novel, this tale begins by recording the white anger over Black-No-More that Matthew Fisher observed...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 371–393.
Published: 01 September 2007
... spun by Cal Stephanides, an American o f Greek descent born to first-generation Greek American parents, who pass down to him a rare genetic mutation that results in his being raised as Calliope. His hermaphroditism goes undiscovered until his teens. Before the discovery, he leads a mostly happy...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (4): 437–464.
Published: 01 December 2023
... of a woman’s life, and, accordingly, a happy ending necessitates a wedding or at least the certain promise of one. Predicated on the idea of feminine chastity, the marriage plot tends to punish women who love outside of marriage, usually by killing them off at the end of the novel. This pattern was standard...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (4): 709–719.
Published: 01 December 2012
... called the exhibition’s lukewarm reception “a scandal.” 5. Though Samuels declares the poem to be “in the key of pleasure,” the phrase “Pleasure Seas” itself appears in the context of the poem as “the shallow pleasure seas,” and the poem includes such facile, sarcastic jingles as “Happy...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (1): 50–76.
Published: 01 March 2002
..., everyone pretty much is what he is supposed to be” (164). This is very much the sort of society Thomas Carlyle constructs in Past and Present around the figure of Gurth, the swineherd from Scott’s Ivanhoe. Gurth was happy, asserts Carlyle, because he had a definite place in society...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 455–482.
Published: 01 December 2021
... . 1972 . Happy Rural Seat: The English Country House and the Literary Imagination . New Haven, CT : Yale University Press . Greenberg Jonathan Waddell Nathan , eds. 2016 . Brave New World: Contexts and Legacies . London : Palgrave Macmillan . Greenslade William . 1994...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (3): 377–398.
Published: 01 September 2012
... Enid agrees to abandon hospital nursing at her father’s request: “Well, I hope that makes you happy” (40), Enid’s mother tells her. Her mother’s use of the second- person pronoun is significant, as the narrator makes clear: Not “makes him happy.” “Makes you.” It seemed that her mother...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (4): 431–462.
Published: 01 December 2020
... to a public perhaps yet unborn. The length of time before it is made available is under Eliot’s insistence. I have had much kindness and happiness of experience in this friendship—as well as inevitable pain. May the record speak, all this in itself. — Emily Hale (1957) So concludes Emily Hale’s brief...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (4): 427–460.
Published: 01 December 2002
... for solitude. A travesty of religious sentiment, the lines about Our Ford resemble slogans such as “Everybody’s happy now,” one of many bromides brave new worlders use to reassure themselves that the World State is the per­ fect place. Given a bookless society of nonreaders, one doubts the Di­ rector...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (2): vi–x.
Published: 01 June 2007
... of their ideas in their interests—economic, psychological, or corporeal.” I began my read­ ing of this essay with a child’s attitude toward eating her vegetables, or in consonance with the primary figurative path of the essay, not very interested in a “happy marriage” between literature...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 305–332.
Published: 01 September 2020
.... Their backs were polished vermilion, with black spots. I kept as still as I could. Nothing happened. I did not expect anything to happen. I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (4): 437–465.
Published: 01 December 2022
... the extent to which Bertha does in fact understand, and perhaps play off of, her husband’s motivations and pretenses. Reviewing “Bliss,” T. S. Eliot (1934 : 35–36) declares that “the centre of interest is the wife’s feeling, first of ecstatic happiness, and then at the moment of revelation...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (1): 92–98.
Published: 01 March 2010
... words: “I am so happy, I am so happy.” All in all, Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Life will engage the layman inter- ested in learning more about Hopkins while providing the scholar with a valuable biographic tool that condenses years of research into a rivet- ing narrative. Yet those familiar...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (2): 309–342.
Published: 01 June 2013
...” she not only sees Shatov, but looks through him to life itself “smiling at her secretly,” even as she views the twin obstacles of her own resistance to happiness. The rational insistence that this is no time to be happy joins forces with the irrational feeling that she is undeserv- ing...