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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2016) 62 (2): 119–144.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Justin Omar Johnston This article examines Indra Sinha’s novel Animal’s People , an engagement with the consequences of the 1984 toxic chemical spill in Bhopal, India, in order to critique the humanist discourse of Dow Chemical’s massive rebranding effort, “The Human Element,” that began in 2006...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 392–410.
Published: 01 September 2015
... consideration of the nonhuman elements (i.e., the “things”) of Bowen’s work also gives rise to a thinking about the posthuman, which this article approaches in two ways: (1) as, quite literally, a concern about the world after humanity; and (2) as a non-anthropocentric worldview, opened up by a realization that...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2017) 63 (3): 267–298.
Published: 01 September 2017
... different ontologies; the “thingness” or quality of being essential or “noumenal” that belongs to the object or word as object is not available for human perception, which must settle for the brute being of the object as given. He tries to understand what lies beyond this given reality, the quidditas...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 373–391.
Published: 01 September 2015
... universe that emphasizes perspectival multiplicity, fragmented syntax, and other elements of cosmopolitan style, Butts provides concrete instances of literature’s potential to illuminate posthumanist ideas regarding human-nonhuman relations. The Dorset represented in Butts’s texts is also one...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 1–20.
Published: 01 March 2017
... demonic and Platonic elements becomes a stalled repetition that haunts the problem of conceiving ethical responsibility to the human. Foe , I argue, exposes the incorporative process by linking the colonial project to a historically contingent Christianity. I will stage this argument by examining the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2016) 62 (4): 403–428.
Published: 01 December 2016
... and bodily formation, I propose that Huxley’s novel adapts this nonlinear model in order to rethink human development in a modern world beset by overspecialized education and political tyranny. Of particular importance is one of the results of heterochrony: neoteny (the adult retention of juvenile...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2015) 61 (4): 484–510.
Published: 01 December 2015
... Gregory Dunne. “Noir nonfiction” is meant to refer to a crossover mode that exports elements from the Noir tradition—particularly, an ethos of suspicion that often expresses populist anger at public corruption, elite hypocrisy, and suburban ennui—into an experimental mode of reportage that challenges the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2015) 61 (4): 436–459.
Published: 01 December 2015
... how the poem unites the key elements of danse macabre —skeletal imagery, musical procession, grisly humor—with apprehensions of the absent mother, an approach founded upon but aesthetically distinct from original symboliste works such as Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal , or the work of American...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 287–304.
Published: 01 September 2015
... encounters between human and animal. In particular, the essay explores how the use of figurative language in these modernist texts opens up the imaginative possibilities of an anthropomorphism that paradoxically unsettles human-centered worldviews and instead seeks to more intimately engage with nonhuman...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 330–351.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., fecundity, and the “fragmented” body. In this reading, the poem proposes an ethics that would resemble exactly the work of composing the inhuman and human elements it performs, a composition made from the poem’s transposition of aesthetic perception, the collective memory of Apollo, and the sacral...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 352–372.
Published: 01 September 2015
... and Bruno Latour, it uses Murphy as a means of inquiring into what a literary textual practice founded on a posthumanistic ethics of peace might look like. It locates in Murphy forms of agency and animism that dismantle the human-nonhuman divide and suggest affinities between modernist experimentalism...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2016) 62 (2): 197–222.
Published: 01 June 2016
... sociohistorical lens drawn from World War I nursing memoirs and medical history. Situating her behavioral antinomies within the discipline of wartime nursing demonstrates Catherine’s capability to repurpose her role as an instrument of war: through her affective labor, Catherine establishes human connections...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2012) 58 (2): 187–212.
Published: 01 June 2012
... patriarchy, imperialism, and the class system ex- tends to species difference and the obsession with mastery that determines the boundary between the human and nonhuman. The novel explores the various social institutions and spaces that actively, even violently, produce the idealized concept of the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2018) 64 (4): 511–517.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Maurizia Boscagli Narratives of Nothing in Twentieth-Century Literature , by Vicks Meghan . New York : Bloomsbury , 2015 . 196 pages. Copyright © 2018 Hofstra University 2018 “What is it about the human condition that allows us to conceive of and question nothing itself, and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2009) 55 (4): 510–546.
Published: 01 December 2009
... of their accuracy or inaccuracy. This “as if” marks the intimacy between functionalist cogni- tion and fiction.14 Although evolutionary theorists do not use the term cognitive fictions, they have recently deployed the logic I mean by this term to describe elements of human psychology ranging...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2009) 55 (4): 572–596.
Published: 01 December 2009
... Carroll and Jonathan Gottschall, for example) have been slow to gather supporters, and that may be because, even while humanities types acknowledge the intrigue of empirical ap- proaches, they tend to share a basic intuition: that understanding Dar- win’s thought (now more than ever, as the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2015) 61 (2): 280–286.
Published: 01 June 2015
... focusing on “contemporary literature and the way we understand its meaning,” exists at the intersection of environmental humanities and the affective turn in cultural studies. Ecosickness in Contemporary US Fiction draws on materialist, postmodern, and posthuman theories to define a new category in...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2005) 51 (3): 316–340.
Published: 01 September 2005
... other. By the same token, Moore insists in her poetry and prose on the interconnection between subjectivity, aesthetic treatment, and moral and ethical import. Rather than dramatizing the objectification and alien­ ation of a modern self from itself, or from the human, natural, spiritual...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2012) 58 (2): 333–340.
Published: 01 June 2012
... powerful device that many scientists believed granted access to the human subject” (57). In addition to provid- ing visual “evidence” of retrogressive qualities that were receiving a great deal of attention in theories of degeneracy at this time, photographs of deviant morphologies both expanded...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2015) 61 (1): 118–127.
Published: 01 March 2015
... ritualistic function is in many ways the most dramatic element of his nuanced argument—the cover appropriately features the bullfighter in midflourish before a large crowd—it is only one element in an impressive study of diverse literary and ritualistic forms deployed in the exploration of the idea of Europe...