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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (2): 145–169.
Published: 01 June 2016
... of Lübeck and John Glenn’s World’s Fair appearance; aspects of the Raketen-Stadt and the fair’s US Science Pavilion; and Pynchon’s many towers and elevators and that signature feature of Century 21, the Space Needle. The conclusion attends to the fair’s traces in Against the Day and Bleeding Edge...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 163–190.
Published: 01 June 2021
...Tim Clarke This essay frames Djuna Barnes’s 1936 novel Nightwood as an attempt to overcome an impasse between the discourses of hope and the discourses of despair in an interwar period in many ways preoccupied with questions of mortality. Synthesizing Decadent aesthetics and elements of Spinoza’s...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 385–406.
Published: 01 December 2021
... three facets of the lives of many biracial men: (1) hypervisibility (in a world obsessed with skin color), (2) sexuality (when identification is distorted), and (3) self-determination (where a racial hierarchy appears to eliminate agency). In its conclusion, the article suggests that the prevailing...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (1): 63–91.
Published: 01 March 2015
... the monumentalizing tendencies that dogged it after the First World War and suggests a broader purpose for what might strike many as an antiquated poetic genre. Woolf’s critique of elegy is political, ethical, and generic, as she rewrites the terms of the genre to make visible the mourners and subjects...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2018
... humanism and antihumanism, publishing many of the major literary works cited by poststructuralist thinkers. This editorial sensibility found its roots in the class character of the press, which was headed by affluent radical Barney Rosset. Drawing on close readings of key publications, as well...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (2): 179–198.
Published: 01 June 2022
..., finding the British Idealists’ contention that time is unreal an especially valuable insight for her literary agenda. For many of the idealists, time is unreal in the sense that multiple temporal series coexist within the universe or atemporal “Absolute.” This idea, which was debated in the journal Mind...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (2): 177–202.
Published: 01 June 2023
... as the impetus for many of his experiments with form. The play culminates with a second dance between Etty and Merilh, witnessed by all of the principal characters. If the first dance expressed the struggle of two individuals to break free from a repressive society, then the second dance celebrates...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (4): 431–462.
Published: 01 December 2020
... their first encounters in Cambridge to their many clandestine meetings across decades, his letters explain personal references in his poems (Hale is the “Hyacinth girl”) and describe “moments” they shared together that he later worked into “Burnt Norton” and “The Dry Salvages.” The record of his letters shows...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (4): 463–484.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Holly Earl This article argues that synesthesia exerted a profound influence on the writing of Virginia Woolf. Examining a wide range of works, it establishes that Woolf not only registered synesthesia as a cultural phenomenon by depicting many synesthetes in her fiction but also, from the outset...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (1): 75–99.
Published: 01 March 2021
... of the bad seed narratives’ determinism, drawing on many of the same discourses that inform both novel and film to offer an alternative perspective on race, gender, heredity, and adoption from the 1940s and 1950s. © 2021 Hofstra University 2021 heredity narrative race Richard Wright Rite...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (1): 98–104.
Published: 01 March 2005
... literature has been the historical. The study of literature and history has of course taken many different forms as different ideas about the ontology of the text, hermeneutics, history, culture, and epistemology have waxed and waned. In fact, one way to talk about the twists and turns...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): 244–248.
Published: 01 June 2005
... as in even shorter but no less valuable remarks on many other poets, especially romantic ones, both British and American, Spiegelman demonstrates again and again how a superlatively educated, cultivated, sympathetic, earnest, even passionate reader (how many critics writing now...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (1): 113–119.
Published: 01 March 2023
... of Minnesota Libraries’ Rare Book Division. It is unclear if she knew of his letter to Levine, and like many widows it was left to her to manage her husband’s effects. Since then, scholars and editors have gone through Berryman’s archive and have published poetry and prose, a selection of letters to his mother...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (2): 269–276.
Published: 01 June 2010
... are also those that deal with the struggles and anxieties of the middle class. This amorphous category of “middle” books is concerned with intimate life, the workplace, and the relation- ship between public and private worlds, and is characterized by its moral earnestness. Many books...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (1): 128–137.
Published: 01 March 2015
... many periods), it is of course both a truism and true that violence becomes increasingly present in literary work as the century grows longer. The idea that this happens because life seems increasingly violent also seems sensible—despite Steven Pinker’s tendentious, scientistic claims that the world...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (4): 431–443.
Published: 01 December 2001
... appearance of yet another collection of essays on Rushdie’s work will no doubt seem odd to many people. Isn’t there too much already written about Rushdie, for Rushdie, against Rushdie? Can’t postcolo nial critics talk about someone else for a change? Perhaps it is the very fact of Rushdie’s...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 123–131.
Published: 01 March 2011
... project” (3). He defines “modernity” as “an intellectual construct that is deployed by a variety of disciplines to make sense out of the relentless sea changes in societies at the close of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century.” Scheingold ac- knowledges that the many disciplines...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 132–139.
Published: 01 March 2011
... to be about four central figures— the poets Robert Duncan and Robert Creeley; the artist Wallace Berman; and the filmmaker, artist, and folk music anthologist Harry Smith—he populates it with many of the artists with whom these figures worked and lived. In this way, Contextual Practice reflects...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (4): 666–673.
Published: 01 December 2013
... the study, when she describes her move from Buenos Aires to New York. The movement between Buenos Aires and Europe, in particular Paris, informs many Argentine travel accounts from the nineteenth century to the present. Borinsky traces a different personal journey, from Buenos Aires to the East...
Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 551–558.
Published: 01 December 2010
... of responsibility toward the neighbor. An addition to Stanford University Press’s “The Cultural Lives of Law” series, edited by Austin Sarat, The Affective Life of Law offers a rich, gratifying account of narrative literature’s many bearings on law as a formal practice and cultural phenomenon during...