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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 345–349.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Megan Poole Optical Impersonality: Science, Images, and Literary Modernism , by Walter Christina . Johns Hopkins University Press , 2014 . 352 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2016 Fashioning a foundational book within contemporary modernist studies is a rare occurrence...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 239–266.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Heather Arvidson This essay traces a critique of anti-sentimentalist leftist impersonality in the critically underestimated and best-selling novel The Unpossessed (1934). Tess Slesinger’s satire parodies the deadened affect that results from programmatic refusals of subjectivity and personal life...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 283–304.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Aleksandr Prigozhin This essay demonstrates the centrality of impersonal intimacy to Virginia Woolf’s modernist poetics. In contrast to the major forms of intimacy—marriage, friendship, and family—the “minor” intimacies to which Woolf attends generate a sense of significant relation...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 163–190.
Published: 01 June 2021
... vitalist philosophy, Barnes produces a “morbid vitalism,” exemplified by Dr. Matthew O’Connor, by which life and death are conceived as variant expressions of a single force, and the subject is modeled as an assemblage of affects, impersonal but inherently social, that can be understood primarily through...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Jordan S. Carroll This essay examines the US literary publisher Grove Press from 1951 to 1970. During this period, Grove promoted an aesthetic that Susan Sontag termed the “new sensibility,” one that valued impersonal sensations over personal expression. Grove thus became a key mediator between...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (2): 259–266.
Published: 01 June 2014
..., as the psychoanalytic tradition posits, but instead precedes and undermines the priority of fixed subjects (which are in fact produced by the repression or disciplining of desire). This Deleuzian perspective, which slices up the social world into impersonal life forces, flows, and motions rather than...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 413–448.
Published: 01 December 2018
... cultural and intellectual situations, I will argue not only that Eliot’s developing use of scholarly notation is institutionally and philosophically symptomatic but also that it is, ultimately, critical of the impersonal assumptions that often characterize academic study. At one time it might have seemed...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 237–238.
Published: 01 September 2017
... , the essay argues, mocks the division of the personal from the political through parody and repetition of discursive markers of ideology prevalent in leftist periodicals, which designate objectivity, science, and an impersonal collectivism as the guarantors of value. The novel’s characters are “unpossessed...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 414–420.
Published: 01 September 2007
...). As a “textbook illustration,” Eliot’s subjectivity or “personality,” rather than his poetry, is described by the theory. The most suggestive work o f the essay connects Buder’s “heterosexual melancholia” to the genre o f elegy. Using Eliot’s theory o f impersonality,Tim D ean’s “T. S. Eliot...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (3): 411–416.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., it is not habit that discloses this distinct model of character but rather what he understands as “impersonality.” Moses claims that the term “impersonality,” for Eliot and other modernists, was neither a form of ironic distance nor the desire to separate one’s fixed identity and personal boundaries from external...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (4): 482–488.
Published: 01 December 2006
... and impersonation are essential acts for the American Jew” (129). In The Counterlife, Zuckerman again asks if Jewish identity is only performative or is somehow irretrievably Jewish. Shostak’s answer to this inevitably Rothian question is “yes and no” (129). O n one level, The Counterlife...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (3): 268–282.
Published: 01 September 2004
.... For a philosopher of science these are serious problems, but my subject is poetry, and my scientists are not real, but rather the imaginary figures that poets think of when they think of science. My experimental­ ists, therefore, will be perfectly impersonal, and my natural historians will remain free from...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (3): 513–519.
Published: 01 September 2013
... of East/West influence and explore the cultural consequences of that interaction. Christian Kloeck- ner’s essay “Re-Orienting Impersonality: T. S. Eliot and the Self of the Far East,” for instance, makes a major contribution to both Eliot studies and the study of American orientalism by identifying...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 132–139.
Published: 01 March 2011
...- tures the chapter, as the poets “occupy positions on a visionary continuum running from the unashamedly personal art of Ginsberg to the avowedly impersonal art of Spicer” (76). In the Ginsberg section we learn, as we often do from Fredman, about the personal connection between these artists...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (1): 96–103.
Published: 01 March 2016
... of what he means by the “impersonal poet,” an idea he had begun to consider in the first part of “Tradition and the Individual Talent,” which appeared in the Egoist in September of the same year. Here is his first clear use of the metaphor of the catalyst to explain the function of the poet’s mind...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 423–446.
Published: 01 December 2011
... aesthetics then be understood to perform? Impersonal feelings Affect theory in the humanities and social sciences is largely focused on complicating the perceived connection between feelings and the indi- vidual that we see animating the affective hypothesis. Though work on affect...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (3): 392–410.
Published: 01 September 2015
... is the relationship between a book of Shelley’s poetry, a gun, and a toe? In juxtaposition, these items express not individual personality (or even, perhaps, the collective impersonality of the title—these three girls, after all, could be any three girls) but their own thingly qualities beyond use-value...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (2): 309–342.
Published: 01 June 2013
... is not egoic, but rather “an extended exercise in the impersonal method” (“Impersonality” 88). Longworth contends that Miriam’s Emerson-inspired “intuitive-empirical vision of reality” demonstrates a lived resolution of the “Idealist/New Realist deadlock” that gripped Britain as Bertrand Russell’s New...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (1): 99–110.
Published: 01 March 2014
... than the poems, her letters scarcely more so. The scrupulously impersonal character of Moore’s writing, so admired by her fellow modernists, also rendered her unable, in the eyes of many first-wave feminists, to “function publicly as an artist who can yoke ‘woman’ and ‘poet in the preferred...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (4): 405–433.
Published: 01 December 2000
... is the collec­ tive and yet impersonal “we” that programmatically refuses any restriction of the point of view to the individual perspective: To some, these events will seem quite natural; to others, all but in­ credible. But, obviously, a narrator cannot take account of these dif­ ferences...