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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2012) 58 (4): 556–581.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Peter E. Collins Copyright © Hofstra University 2012 Peter E. Collins Nature, the Individual, and the Market in Norris and Dreiser Peter E. Collins The essays in Herbert Spencer’s 1884 treatise on politics and econom- ics, The Man Versus the State, combine two justifications...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2016) 62 (2): 170–196.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Jason Vredenburg In both the critical literature and the popular imagination, Jack Kerouac’s seminal road narrative On the Road is often viewed as a celebration of American individualism and frontier myth. Placing the novel within the context of the changing approach to automotive infrastructure...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2015) 61 (2): 209–231.
Published: 01 June 2015
... first appeared, reading it alongside Jolas’s individual contributions to the magazine’s language of magic, and considering the ways it anticipated the verticalist theory that Jolas would go on to cultivate in the magazine, this essay recovers Porter’s contribution to the magazine’s aesthetic vision...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2016) 62 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Michael O’Bryan Thomas Pynchon’s Vineland (1990) met with a lukewarm critical reception. Critics fond of the novelist’s postmodern theatrics rejected its political didacticism, whereas politically didactic critical opponents of postmodernism rejected its lingering individualism and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 49–74.
Published: 01 March 2017
... surfaces might offer, her own evocations of glass nuance modernism’s relation to its antecedents and illuminate her investments in the problem and necessity of reckoning with others as we seek our individual pasts. Situated between two world wars and two glass cultures, Woolf offers a complex and tempered...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 75–93.
Published: 01 March 2017
... the personal force of individual desire plays out on a broader structural level as Baldwin’s gay plot is drawn toward the magnetically forceful heterosexual love triangle in Hemingway’s tale. Hemingway and Baldwin address gender normativity and sexual inadequacy from a particular American perspective...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2017) 63 (3): 239–266.
Published: 01 September 2017
... of deliberate futurity whatsoever. Slesinger’s intervention suggests a deep affinity between leftist collectivism and modernist individualism, despite their superficial antinomy: according to her, both dangerously extend a suspicion of sentiment into the negation of personhood. Copyright © 2017...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 79–100.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Nir Evron This article examines a tension in Edith Wharton’s social ideal between the conflicting virtues of reverence and curiosity. Wharton, it shows, was quite conscious of the potential clash between the centripetal claims of tradition and the centrifugal tendencies of inquisitive individualism...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2009) 55 (4): 629–633.
Published: 01 December 2009
... considers the extensive work that evo- lutionary biologists and psychologists have done on cooperation, in par- ticular on behavior where the direct benefits of one individual’s behavior accrue to some other individual or individuals. For example, imagine that Jack is a bird who sometimes stands guard...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2012) 58 (4): 688–693.
Published: 01 December 2012
... feminist activist Frances Gage in 1855 (qtd. in Olwell 1). As Olwell comments, with the writerly pith and punch that are among her fine book’s many pleasures, “Within the familiar idiom of liberal democracy, Gage’s exhor- tation is exactly two-thirds intelligible.” Indeed. Possessive individualism...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2010) 56 (2): 277–285.
Published: 01 June 2010
... assume, abandon concerns with authenticity. On the contrary, culturalist models of subjectivity (poststructuralist, identic) are no less concerned with authenticity than the individual-oriented models (existentialist, psychoanalytic) they overturn. Cheever’s argument comes with an...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2011) 57 (1): 140–147.
Published: 01 March 2011
... within an individual nor within a system, at the center of Clune’s study. In the development of “economic fiction” that Clune traces, subjects are neither commodi- fied (treated as exchangeable with money) nor displaced. Instead they are fascinated, absorbed by market functions. Like JR these...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2017) 63 (3): 237–238.
Published: 01 September 2017
... of the orthodoxies of objectivity and impersonalism in both leftist and modernist discourse. As the essay argues, modernism and radicalism—although in many ways contrasting movements and critical modes—generally reject sentiment and embodied, individual, personhood in favor of impersonal...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2008) 54 (3): 388–395.
Published: 01 September 2008
...” tribal states. The modern Western state is an ab­ stract entity defined by its total contrast to each individual within it; the state exists only in dialectical tension with personal individuality. Most Native North American states were difficult to distinguish from the totality of the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2011) 57 (3-4): 423–446.
Published: 01 December 2011
.... This understanding of affect suggests that what we imagine to be individual and specific—impulses, attitudes, emotions, and feelings— in fact have a social, historical, and therefore shared dimension. Neither biologically deterministic nor humanistic, this approach allows for bodily experience...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2016) 62 (1): 75–95.
Published: 01 March 2016
..., according to North, recognized that “the promise of modern political movements to win individual freedom and self-fulfillment for all had come to seem a hollow form” and that “the rights and freedoms guaranteed by liberalism seemed mere abstractions” (1991, 2). In this essay, I will focus on T. S. Eliot...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2009) 55 (2): 269–278.
Published: 01 June 2009
... “chosen” their blackness, whether they know it or not. Black identity and culture are not simply thrust whole-cloth onto a pas- sive “African” mass by an all-powerful white culture. Nor is it mystically transmitted from ancient African beginnings. Instead, Black American individuals have...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2016) 62 (4): 403–428.
Published: 01 December 2016
... of our potential to transform ourselves, both as individuals and as a species” (2014, 183). As Aldous writes in “Education of an Amphibian,” however, whereas “the tadpole knows precisely when to get rid of its tail and gills, and become a frog,” we usually fail to harmonize our “double lives” (1956...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2013) 59 (2): 360–368.
Published: 01 June 2013
... sphere” (4). Certainly Wolfe is not the first critic to take Bloomsbury at its word, but his study gracefully moves discussions of Bloomsburian inwardness away from an idealized individualism and toward a more situated, inter- personal sense of everyday life. For many of Bloomsbury’s most...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2009) 55 (1): 125–129.
Published: 01 March 2009
... and the nation has been socially constructed as well as how it might have been individually experienced. By drawing on psychoanalytic theory, she investigates how individual de­ sires and anxieties intersect with broader ideological and historical trends. In my estimation, this approach...