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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 173–208.
Published: 01 June 2015
... in 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (4): 359–378.
Published: 01 December 2016
... “dark riddles” that compose Bloom’s discursive negotiations, it concludes that Joyce demonstrates the vital role self-narrativizing plays in countering existential isolation, and that his narrative technique is in important ways aligned with Levinas’s conception of an ethics of love. Copyright ©...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (3): 207–238.
Published: 01 September 2004
...; then to show Twentieth-Century Literature 50.3 Fall 2004 207 Jon Kertzer how this rhetoric isolates the here-and-now in the instant of its incep­ tion and deception, its birth and death; and finally to examine how an aesthetic of singularity raises a comparable ethical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (2): 217–240.
Published: 01 June 2001
... was concerned only with a narrow question: whether certain passages of Ulysses could be deemed legally obscene under New York law. The conviction came as no sur­ prise, as the decision was made by merely reviewing isolated portions of Twentieth-Century Literature 47.2 Summer 2001 217...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (3): 322–356.
Published: 01 September 2009
... uncertainties and shuffle that attend any archival order—made me acutely aware that in writing about such material, I couldn’t help but ascribe plots and hier- archies to isolated pieces and fragments, the validity of which can never be verified by the archive, let alone by the author. Each paper I took...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (1): 20–33.
Published: 01 March 2000
... climactic moments, we can address this mode of language as a particular force and isolate its specificity and power. I use the term “epiphanic mode” in this essay to refer to this general practice of representing Stephen’s na­ scent selfhood and sexuality, which Joyce develops first in the Stephen Hero...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (4): 663–687.
Published: 01 December 2012
... framework for thinking about modern abortion narratives. As Tasha Dubriwny reminds us in her work on the 1969 abortion speak-out, new vocabularies and ideologies are “rarely, if ever, the product of a single rhetor working in isolation,” but rather, emerge “through the interaction of many voices...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (2): 254–259.
Published: 01 June 2010
... surrounding folk and mass culture, since the former tends to be linked to premodernist longings while the latter tends to be connected to technological moder- nity. For instance, Trachtenberg mentions Borokhov’s isolation during his stay in New York, 1915–1917. Though he wrote for the city’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (4): 521–527.
Published: 01 December 2020
... of the divided sign—that is, the unbridgeable division between signifier and signified—guarantees language’s radical isolation and thus our own coextensive isolation within its prison house. Taking up poststructuralism’s interpretation of language specifically, Holland argues that material realist texts seek...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (2): 279–285.
Published: 01 June 2009
... and con- sequently a distrust of the fully human. “For Augustine and Eliot,” writes Oser, “skepticism about human powers reinforces a tendency towards asceticism, isolating the soul on its journey—toward God or the Void” (41). But in poems like The Waste Land, Ash Wednesday, and Four...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (3): 355–373.
Published: 01 September 2001
... of how the town as a whole narratively responds to the Convent massa­ cre, and how that event impacts the patriarchal structure of the town. § Isolated from the outside world, its very existence predicated on racial separatism, Ruby, Oklahoma, is experiencing growing pains in 1976...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 117–140.
Published: 01 March 2012
... the workday commute inspires Gordon’s feelings of connectedness, Tomsson Black’s revolutionaries cut the underground infrastructural ties that bind urban dwellers and workers of all races and classes together, stalling the workday and isolating workers at all levels of employment. Where Gordon marches...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (2): 255–261.
Published: 01 June 2009
...—so many studies of stationary domestic objects. But like 257 Alexandra Socarides the Dutch paintings and the photographs of Walker Evans that Costello imagines influenced her, Bishop’s “still life moments” (87) are not at- tempts to isolate objects from the world in which they were...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (3): 239–263.
Published: 01 September 2002
...” and the “autonomous black world” o f W il­ low Springs (406), Meisenhelder lays bare the intimate link between cul­ tural particularism and claims to political autonomy. The black community is autonomous, Tucker, Thompson, and M eisenhelder all imply, only in­ sofar as it is isolated from the ideology o f...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 167–190.
Published: 01 June 2017
... are born, Addie says that they join Darl in giving Anse “three children that are his and not mine” ( A 176). 21 As in the case of his mother and siblings, Vardaman’s limited economic resources also contribute to his emotional isolation. He displaces part of his grief over Addie’s death...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 247–270.
Published: 01 September 2016
... railway, no firebombing of civilian Dresden. 12 Experiencing the Second World War through the filter of Irish neutrality thus made Ireland’s island isolation feel quite profound. In That Neutral Island , her 2007 cultural history of Emergency-era Ireland, Clair Wills portrays Irish wartime...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (3): 293–316.
Published: 01 September 2021
... simple commentary on the injustice of racialized citizenship for Japanese Americans. Yet we are also defining a social experience which is still in process , often indeed not yet recognized as social but taken to be private, idiosyncratic, and even isolating, but which in analysis (though rarely...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (3): 371–378.
Published: 01 September 2018
... book, Rasberry completely transforms our understanding of both totalitarianism and midcentury black writing by bringing together two grand narratives that are usually considered in isolation: “the rise and fall of the global color line” and “the battle between the ‘free world’ and the totalitarian...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 163–190.
Published: 01 June 2021
..., negating the possibility of external relations; her perpetual present is immemorial. Of course, this deathlike life, where life and death are frozen states, isolated from the flow of time, is to be distinguished from O’Connor’s morbid vitalism. Robin seeks to dissolve herself into anonymity as a protection...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 79–100.
Published: 01 March 2018
... who seem content to wither away in proud self-isolation, the energetic buccaneers are quickly recasting the country in their mold, an alarmingly efficient fusion of brazen cultural illiteracy and entrepreneurial vigor. The spectacle of a thoroughly consumerist America was anathema to Wharton, making...