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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (3): 379–386.
Published: 01 September 2018
... of the book traces how these subthemes—of kitsch, on the one hand, and trickery, on the other—appear inseparable from the legacies of Impressionism. Researching the painter of those still lifes, the Hungarian émigré Béla Kontuly, Matz is surprised to find that he had been a modernist before the Second World...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (1): 32–55.
Published: 01 March 2016
... will be engaging is Vilashini Cooppan’s Worlds Within (2009), which argues that Sarduy merely exposes Orientalist fantasies, without making any move to engage Buddhism beyond this. And Sarduy, Cooppan claims, is less interested in Buddhist philosophy than the “kitsch India” of exiles, rituals...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (3): 401–408.
Published: 01 September 2009
.... Sollors argues that it was fascist and communist re- sistance to modernist form that gave “art for art’s sake” a seemingly demo- cratic bent, ushering in not only elite analyses like Clement Greenberg’s “The Avant-Garde and Kitsch” but also President Dwight Eisenhower’s embrace of modernist art...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 504–510.
Published: 01 December 2018
... chapters trace how this synaesthesic imperative in the arts was incited by Romanticism, immensely intensified by Wagner (and Nietzsche), and given a postreligious or vitalist gloss by the symbolists, and then how it skirted kitsch in the numerous early twentieth-century American experiments with dancing...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (2): 222–242.
Published: 01 June 2014
... of domestic respectability. (107) 5. In her book Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism from Oklahoma City to Ground Zero, Marita Sturken describes the means by which acts of terrorism on US soil are depoliticized. Ubiquitous after both the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11, Teddy...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 217–236.
Published: 01 September 2019
... the “honest” striker, and, with an insincerity heard in his tin-soldier kitsch (“his red cockade topped off a parade”), appointed himself drum major. Thus, Filreis claims, the revised poem betrays a mounting antipathy to the strikers and, bound to it, a mounting readiness for military involvement overseas...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (4): 709–719.
Published: 01 December 2012
... to the publication of what would become his seminal “Avant-Garde and Kitsch,” with “Towards a Newer Laocoon” close on its heels) that his art criticism will overshadow and extinguish his literary career: “[Once] they get the idea into their heads that I’m a critic, they’ll decide—they’re like that—that I’m...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 380–390.
Published: 01 December 2011
...- frigerator magnets. At once ethereal and weighty, it had come into its own as Transcendentalist kitsch. At first glance, the literal “loss of the referent” for these civic sym- bols and mass-produced souvenirs in 2003 might seem to tell a familiar story about the postmodern as we have it from Jean...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (3): 352–372.
Published: 01 September 2015
... Murphy hopes he has received in return from Mr Endon. To suggest similarly that the novel stakes out its case for a peaceful human world, the “ultimate good” in Serres’s words, might be to sail too close to a kind of progressive political and ethical kitsch that is at odds with Beckett’s art...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2018
... in their private lives. As one might expect, literary individualism prized works that helped develop individuality while devaluing works that seemed to threaten it. Critics therefore placed pornography, along with more common bête noires such as kitsch or mass culture, in direct opposition to the literary. We...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 121–144.
Published: 01 March 2019
... a major source for the production of nostalgic kitsch. This began already with the cult of “Odessa-Mama” extolled by Soviet crooners and writers in the post–World War II era, and later continued on a post-Soviet global scale, culminating in the birth of the United States’ own “Little Odessa” on the shores...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (4): 484–510.
Published: 01 December 2015
... kitsch. And as my rendering of the Harp inflection suggests, Noir can serve as both trenchant social analysis and thinly disguised ethnic and/or class resentment. In resorting to perverse tales of elite folly, miscarried justice, and Nixonian cover-ups, meanwhile, Noir’s mix of bleak comedy and melodrama...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (3): 414–440.
Published: 01 September 2013
... wife impulsively kills her hus- band by bludgeoning him with a frozen leg of lamb) for his popular television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents. 6. Waugh was aware, however, that Disney had become a signifier for the mov- ies as commodified kitsch: Whispering Glades features a statue of a child...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (2): 224–254.
Published: 01 June 2011
... of the city may well harmonize with the kitsch “album of illuminated views of Dublin” (13.465) that Gerty Mc- Dowell thinks of giving Father Conroy. While Joyce’s boast that, should Dublin ever be destroyed, Ulysses would allow for its brick by brick reconstruction remains hyberbole, the novel can...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (3): 322–356.
Published: 01 September 2009
... not make itself plain to you, there must be something very wrong and I’m going to try to change it and convey the idea a little more clearly. (One Art 54) If Boomer is not to be read “automatically” as a “picturesque” por- trait (or as kitsch), Bishop doesn’t want him...