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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 103–124.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Douglas Atkinson Malina demonstrates the paradoxical struggle that characterizes any attempt at reflecting on the uncanny relationship between the embodiment of language and the expression of pain. As Elaine Scarry (1985) notes, pain can be used to both make and unmake an identity; pain’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (2): 231–239.
Published: 01 June 2016
...). Such a revised understanding of otherness and alterity presents “social-ethical challenges to re-articulate [the dys-/disarticulate], to articulate and practice new forms of care” (230). In the epilogue, “‘Language in Dissolution’ and ‘A World without Words,’” Berger identifies David Goode’s A World without...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (4): 442–458.
Published: 01 December 2007
...Stuart Allen Copyright © Hofstra University 2007 m “Thinking Strictly Prohibited”: Music, Language, and Thought in “Sirens” Stuart Allen 1 aking their cue from the novelist’s comments to Frank Budgen that he composed “Sirens” using “the technical resources of music” (Ellmann...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 167–190.
Published: 01 June 2017
...Greg Chase Where Addie Bundren’s bitter statement in Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying that “words are no good” has often been read as concerning the universal shortcomings of language, this article turns to the philosophy of Faulkner’s contemporary Ludwig Wittgenstein for a more context-specific...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (4): 499–506.
Published: 01 December 2017
... University Press , 2017 . 297 pages. Kerouac: Language, Poetics, and Territory , by Melehy Hassan . London : Bloomsbury , 2016 . 255 pages. Beat Drama: Playwrights and Performances of the “Howl” Generation , edited by Geis Deborah R. London : Bloomsbury , 2016 . 357 pages...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 462–492.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Yi-Ping Ong Copyright © Hofstra University 2010 Yi-Ping Ong The Language of Advertising and the Novel: Naipaul’s A House for Mr. Biswas Yi-Ping Ong Modernity in Trinidad, then, turns out to be the extreme suscep- tibility of people who are unsure of themselves...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (1): 20–33.
Published: 01 March 2000
...Joshua Jacobs Copyright © Hofstra University 2000 Joyce’s Epiphanic Mode: Material Language and the Representation of Sexuality in Stephen Hero and Portrait J o s h u a J a c o b s ames Joyce’s transformations of themes, language...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 217–236.
Published: 01 September 2019
...Mark Mayer This essay takes up Adrienne Rich’s unexplained assertion that Wallace Stevens’s racial and racist language is a “key to the whole” of his poetry. Focusing mostly on Stevens’s 1941 diptych “The News and the Weather,” the essay begins an anthology of critical approaches to the racial...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 247–270.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Anna Teekell By reading Samuel Beckett’s famously “unreadable” novel Watt (1953) in context as a novel of the Irish Emergency, the neutral Irish Free State’s euphemism for World War II, this essay argues that Watt ’s unreadability and encodedness are embodiments of the languages of post-traumatic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 215–234.
Published: 01 June 2021
... the ways Smith finds flatness fascinating and proposing that the language of the “flat,” in all its senses, offers an illuminating way of grappling with the difficulty of her puzzling and unsettling prose and poetry. It unpacks the idea of the “flat”—a word that claims implicitly that no unpacking remains...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 53–78.
Published: 01 March 2018
..., Wicomb aligns her text with a formal inventiveness that (in her view) emphasizes the power of language to free us rather than (merely) entrap us. The author’s analysis thus both draws on and departs from Derek Attridge’s discussion of modernism in David’s Story , suggesting that Benjamin’s radical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 369–392.
Published: 01 December 2019
... to discontinuity and difference as the conditions of reading—not least the discontinuities in a historical and evolving language. Beyond elegy, McHugh’s poems invite the reading of generative accidents, a practice that has analogues in reading a plural and uncertain world. Copyright © 2019 Hofstra University...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (4): 429–447.
Published: 01 December 2016
... weapon. In contrast to the privileging of bearing witness in post-Holocaust theories of language and suffering, this essay argues that Barker and Djebar ultimately suggest that, in the face of war’s atrocities, not speaking is an equally valuable act. Despite the increasing prohibitions established...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (3): 287–304.
Published: 01 September 2015
... encounters between human and animal. In particular, the essay explores how the use of figurative language in these modernist texts opens up the imaginative possibilities of an anthropomorphism that paradoxically unsettles human-centered worldviews and instead seeks to more intimately engage with nonhuman...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (3): 305–329.
Published: 01 September 2015
... that the hyena is a marker of ambiguity and indeterminacy implicitly bound up with questions of race, sex and sexuality, and ethics. Following Forster’s language closely, the article illustrates how Forster links the figure of the hyena together with a thematics of spectrality that crosses cultural boundaries...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 209–231.
Published: 01 June 2015
... it 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 (2015) 61 (1): 92–117.
Published: 01 March 2015
... in consciousness and in language when permanent suffering—the historical and metaphysical injustices of twentieth-century modernity—is made to overdetermine what happens to living, thinking, and speaking in the space of literature and narrative. For Beckett’s protagonist, words, ideas, and images are instruments...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 483–503.
Published: 01 December 2018
... unspeakability of the events, Delbo’s text oscillates between self-consciously aestheticized language and graphic physical representations of abject bodies. The irruptive visceral descriptions confront the reader with automatic, embodied repulsion in order to highlight the gaps in symbolization...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (3): 273–294.
Published: 01 September 2022
... on the language and imagery of homoerotic entrancement to cultivate a mesmerizing—and distinctly queer—aesthetic, incorporating entrancement into their writing at the levels of both form and content. The article thus suggests that sexology provided writers such as Barnes and Rechy with an unexpected method...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (1): 1–28.
Published: 01 March 2023
... of transient sociability from language philosophy, urban sociology, and modernist studies. christopherpmiller@gmail.com © 2023 Hofstra University 2023 Charlie Chaplin language philosophy lyric studies modernism urban sociology We make our meek adjustments, Contented with such random...