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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2010) 56 (3): 287–317.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Shannon Herbert Copyright © Hofstra University 2010 Playing the Historical Record: DeLillo’s Libra and the Kennedy Archive Playing the Historical Record: DeLillo’s Libra and the Kennedy Archive Shannon Herbert The detective novel is the only novel truly invented in the twen...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2006) 52 (4): 391–412.
Published: 01 December 2006
...Merrill Cole Copyright © Hofstra University 2006 Backwards Ventriloquy: The Historical Uncanny in Barnes’s Nightwood Merrill Cole N ot those who had seen him last, but me who had seen him best, as if my memory of him were himself; and because you forget...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2014) 60 (1): 1–26.
Published: 01 March 2014
...Thomas S. Davis © 2015 by Hofstra University 2014 The Historical Novel at History’s End:  Virginia Woolf’s The Years The Historical Novel at History’s End: Virginia Woolf’s The Years Thomas S. Davis It seems as if there were no progress in the human race, but only...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 53–78.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Kaelie Giffel Bringing together Zoë Wicomb’s David’s Story and Walter Benjamin’s “Theses on the Philosophy of History,” this essay argues that Benjamin’s concept of “constellating” events that are noncausally yet historically related to each other is uniquely able to help us grasp the specificity...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2000) 46 (1): 56–77.
Published: 01 March 2000
...Andrea P. Zemgulys Copyright © Hofstra University 2000 “Night and Day Is Dead”: Virginia Woolf in London “Literary and Historic” Andrea P. Zemgulys [We] don’t want the [Hogarth] Press to be a fashionable hobby patronised and inspired...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2015) 61 (2): 173–208.
Published: 01 June 2015
... contemporary society and politics. Demonstrating how John Dowell’s impressionistic narrative signals the dangers of social disengagement and political isolation, the essay also addresses the novel’s historical allusions to the English Reformation and the latent correlations between characters’ behavior and the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2015) 61 (2): 232–263.
Published: 01 June 2015
... so, it also engages with a complex of intertexts ranging from the Qur’anic and biblical versions of the Yusuf/Joseph story to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness . This essay adds V. S. Naipaul’s A Bend in the River to this mix by reading Gurnah’s historical attentiveness as an overwriting of Naipaul’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2015) 61 (1): 92–117.
Published: 01 March 2015
... consciousness and in language when permanent suffering—the historical and metaphysical injustices of twentieth-century modernity—is made to overdetermine what happens to living, thinking, and speaking in the space of literature and narrative. For Beckett’s protagonist, words, ideas, and images are instruments...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2016) 62 (4): 379–402.
Published: 01 December 2016
... poem Trilogy , her personae’s affective, local experiences of historical art and artifacts in museums (and museological spaces) contest the authority of the disinterested “pure gaze” assumed by the museum’s ideal seeing subject. In these works, the museum functions as a space for cultural engagements...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 21–48.
Published: 01 March 2017
... Marianne Hirsch’s term), by which cultural memory constrained in a traumatic return to the past in present identity and within the island’s boundaries can open to its transnational diaspora, expanding from a rehearsal of historical grievance to an exploration of contemporary responsibility. Copyright...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2017) 63 (4): 427–450.
Published: 01 December 2017
... the contingent aspects of historical narrative, and on the accidental likenesses whereby nations make the selves up. Copyright © 2017 Hofstra University 2017 Ezra Pound Marianne Moore nation Virginia In Ezra Pound’s well-known account of the ideogrammic method, five words stand for the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2018) 64 (2): 191–222.
Published: 01 June 2018
... poems illuminate the historically consequential processes by which a poet is called to her subject, and by which her poetry in turn solicits the reader’s attention. Bishop invokes the imperial violence of her time to suggest that poetic description—and the reader’s collaborative concentration—engage our...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2018) 64 (3): 295–316.
Published: 01 September 2018
... patrons. By depicting her encounters with these women as scenes of transcendence, odd staring, and rough contact, Hurston poses eruptive play as a risk all bodies, even those of black women who have historically been denied corporeal sovereignty, must consider taking. Hurston turns the strange mechanics...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2018) 64 (3): 317–346.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Mark David Kaufman This article uses the genre of speculative historical fiction as a point of entry into Virginia Woolf’s politics. Two spy novels, Ellen Hawkes and Peter Manso’s The Shadow of the Moth (1983) and Stephanie Barron’s The White Garden (2009), present scenarios in which Woolf becomes...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2007) 53 (3): 371–393.
Published: 01 September 2007
...Samuel Cohen Copyright © Hofstra University 2007 w The Novel in a Time of Terror: M id d lesex , History, and Contemporary American Fiction Samuel Cohen I effrey Eugenides’s 2002 Middlesex, a critically acclaimed historical novel, nas been praised as an expansive, epic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2012) 58 (1): 169–177.
Published: 01 March 2012
.... While Irr’s history details the vexed subject positions that nearly two centuries of US women writers established in relation to copyright law and its underpin- ning patriarchal institutions such as liberalism, marriage, and publishing, her readings focus primarily on contemporary, not historical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2004) 50 (4): 421–432.
Published: 01 December 2004
... with this concept made him the icon of a totalizing logic of identity that needed to be repudiated in the name of an antifascist politics. Yet as Eisenstein establishes, Absolute Knowing, or Spirit, in Hegel entails a simultaneous recognition of the freedom that abides in historical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2010) 56 (1): 116–121.
Published: 01 March 2010
..., and more easily ignored, Handley points out, since the New World has a natural history going back millions of years—a history that is only partially knowable. Seen in this light, the trope of the New World is not only a manifestation of historical ignorance or violence but also an...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2008) 54 (3): 396–400.
Published: 01 September 2008
... duced such-and-such a set of works. It is rather about the “long 1930s” in American left poetics, an historical space-time that extends, through complex dynamics of memory, nostalgic longing, self-criticism, and poetic re-elaboration or even revisionary “correction,” well into later parts of the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2004) 50 (2): v–viii.
Published: 01 June 2004
... true. However, in my defense, I found “Distancing the Proximate Other” to be the most original and persuasive of the nominees, and perhaps more importantly, to be the most suggestive for other research. The essay examines the intersection of historical and cultural narratives with literary...