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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): 123-141.
Published: 01 June 2005
...Jeffrey T. Nealon Copyright © Hofstra University 2005 HI Disastrous Aesthetics: Irony, Ethics, and Gender in Barthelme s Snow White Jeffrey T. Nealon The observer ought to be an amorist. —Kierkegaard (47) F ro m the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (4): 419-447.
Published: 01 December 2008
...Matthew Stratton Copyright © Hofstra University 2009 !4I Start Spreading the News: Irony, Public Opinion, and the Aesthetic Politics o f US.A. Matthew Stratton Irony is perhaps democracy’s best instrument. — Public Opinion Quarterly 1938 (T.V. Smith 19) I n...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 237-260.
Published: 01 September 2019
... postwar institutions facilitating the production and consumption of literary fiction. In particular, O’Connor’s engagement with the phenomenological tradition and her use of irony are interrelated attempts to negotiate her position within the creative writing institutions of the postwar literary...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (4): 575-595.
Published: 01 December 2013
...David P. Rando Copyright © Hofstra University 2013 David Foster Wallace and Lovelessness David Foster Wallace and Lovelessness David P. Rando It has become a critical axiom that in his fiction David Foster Wallace turns irony inside out in order to express genuine emotion. “Wallace...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): vi-ix.
Published: 01 June 2005
...Charles Altieri Copyright © Hofstra University 2005 Twentieth-Century Literature’s Andrew J. Kappel Prize in Literary Criticism, 2005 The winner of this year’s prize is'Jeffrey T. Nealon’s “Disastrous Aesthet­ ics: Irony, Ethics, and Gender in Barthelme s Snow White. ” The judge is...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 70-85.
Published: 01 March 2011
... character: an ethical alternative via the aesthetic. What is especially notable is that Coetzee hints at a way out of the double bind, and that this involves an Erasmian irony that resists “the no- tion of the key that will unlock” it, the “ambition to freeze it in a single, locked position” (249...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (4): 535-539.
Published: 01 December 2007
... “sorrow and irony” (12). Indeed, as if aware of the inaptness of this prem­ ise, Dewey redefines grief as he proceeds: in a discussion of End Zone, it is “the terror and wonder, mayhem and splendor of the unmediated now” (32); in Great Jones Street it is “the very mystery and compelling magic of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 213-219.
Published: 01 June 2017
...: Blues, Irony, and a Politics of Affirmative Difference” analyzes “an aspect of the blues” in several poems by Harryette Mullen (ranging in date from 1995 to 2002) and playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’s remarkable early work Imperceptible Mutabilities in the Third Kingdom (1989), The America Play (1994...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 25-52.
Published: 01 March 2018
... conceived as a paean to the combined victories of the Mexican and Russian Revolutions, the thinly disguised stand-in for Que Viva México! in Porter’s story hinges on an irony that becomes the central theme of the story. The setting for this film about social and political changes in contemporary Mexico is...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (4): 572-596.
Published: 01 December 2009
... unreservedly.”9 Such a position, however, awkwardly aligns Huxley with creationists; indeed, according to Richard Dawkins, “saltationism . . . is just a watered-down form of creationism” (248).10 This is but a further irony, then, that the believer and the heretic should find themselves, if only...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 120-127.
Published: 01 March 2018
... effectively, or affectively, changed the culture. The fact that postmodern architecture “borrows” from earlier periods, which constitutes its eclecticism, suggests for Jencks that a transhistorical aesthetics defines postmodernism, represented by its reflexivity, blatant artifice, irony, plagiarism, pastiche...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): 259-262.
Published: 01 June 2005
... invigorate as well as undercut monumental aspirations. Rotella zeroes in on the cheeky backtalk of “The Sea Is History” and the polyglot diction of Omeros in his discussion of Derek Walcott’s 261 Jeff Westover work. Noting the irony in the give and take between the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (2): 148-179.
Published: 01 June 2011
... transgender theory as well, suggesting that metaphor and irony, those unfaithful forms of signification, may in fact be essential tools for the reading of gender. In The Garden of Eden, however, the in- sistence on literal reading shapes a gendered reality in which Catherine’s female masculinity will...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 26-59.
Published: 01 March 2012
..., skepticism, prag- matism, modernism, irony, etc. have either outright ignored the novel’s religious engagement, or accepted that the novel’s obvious skepticism trumps any positive religious position.2 I am more interested in the prob- lem seen from the other side: critics arguing for a positive reading...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (3): 352-359.
Published: 01 September 2006
... political obtuseness. The irony of religionists rioting in anger over the suggestion that their religion has implicitly or explicitly endorsed violence goes unremarked. Twentieth-Century Literature 52.3 Fall 2006 352 Review My point here is not to advocate for the pope’s position or to cri­...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (3): 524-531.
Published: 01 September 2012
... into his Hollywood novel turned into possibly libelous comedy, Greenberg calls West “A Midas of irony” (118) for whom everything he touches turns into a satiric joke. Like all Midases, West finds his touch has its costs—in this case ethical ones. Greenberg’s exploration of West’s struggle to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 354-363.
Published: 01 December 2011
... is to cringe. (The “there is no truth” line is a prime example; other examples include the equation of “postmodernism” with intensive “irony,” as if irony didn’t exist until the twentieth-century. Then there is the converse, which is the casual, unelaborated bashing of terms like...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 101-110.
Published: 01 March 2018
... readers, since a version of this essay constitutes the conclusion to her recent monograph, Edge of Irony: Modernism in the Shadow of the Habsburg Empire (2016). Works cited Cavell Stanley . (1969) 2002 . Must We Mean What We Say? Cambridge : Cambridge University Press . Cavell...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (2): 265-272.
Published: 01 June 2018
... the famine era and during the decline of the Irish language and the modernization of economies that marked the relatively new union of Great Britain and Ireland. An irony is therefore embedded in the survey, for its enlightenment aspirations to encyclopedic knowledge and comprehensive representation...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 327-344.
Published: 01 September 2007
... interview, Wallace observed that while Barth, Coover, and Nabokov were “indispensable for their times” (qtd. in McCaffery 146), by the 1990s their kind o f postmod­ ern irony had become so commonplace within the culture at large that innovative art needed to push in another direction: “Really...