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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (4): 436–459.
Published: 01 December 2015
...Frances Leviston The impact of Elizabeth Bishop’s maternal loss on the symbolic order of her poems is well-established, but the ways in which Bishop draws on literary tradition in exploring that loss have received less attention. This essay offers a close reading of “The Bight” that demonstrates...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (2): 168–195.
Published: 01 June 2010
... that occur when she questions her response to the violence she witnesses. While she struggles to make sense of her position “in these times, in this place” (130) with the suspect tenets of Enlightenment humanism and metaphors of maternal bearing that so underwrite her authorial identity, she...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (4): 547–571.
Published: 01 December 2009
.... The impact of Darwin on both writers is multifaceted, but I concentrate on a rather muted dynamic: mothering is rather brazenly absent in Darwin. Eliding maternity is, of course, in line with his de-emphasis of humans in nature, yet he manages to foreground gentlemen scientists and fanciers...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (4): 513–518.
Published: 01 December 2017
..., and . . . narrative form in Jazz mirrors and expresses each of these different kinds of loving.” While the narrator begins the narrative with a model of love as traumatic loss, by the end of the novel the narrator embraces “the idea of love as continuous innovation”; Wyatt argues that the narrator changes because...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (3): 401–409.
Published: 01 September 2008
... loss of a heimlich maternal territory, fore­ shadowing the ineluctable threat of individual annihilation—“humanity’s fragile contingency in face of nature and time and its dread of nature’s arbitrariness” (147). Working through the historical romance of Orlando and the feminist polemic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (1): 34–55.
Published: 01 March 2000
...Nick Montgomery Copyright © Hofstra University 2000 Colonial Rhetoric and the Maternal Voice: Deconstruction and Disengagement in Virginia Woolfs The Voyage Out Nick Montgomery t the heart of Virginia Woolf s The Voyage Out...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (4): 433–435.
Published: 01 December 2015
... the effaced contexts of her childhood displacement, her sexuality, her alcoholism, and most relevantly for this poem, the loss of her mother. Without at all denying the somewhat cryptically biographical dimension of “The Bight,” “Mothers and Marimbas” reminds us that private expression is mediated here...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (4): 494–519.
Published: 01 December 2003
...Lesley Wheeler Copyright © Hofstra University 2004 HI Both Flower and Flower Gatherer: Medbh McGuckian s The Flower Master and H.D.’s Sea Garden Lesley Wheeler T h e relationship between maternity and other kinds of work remains a difficult subject...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (2): 182–211.
Published: 01 June 2007
... a volatile intersection of the psychological and socioeconomic codes that I have previously traced in Niels consciousness.Just as Marian’s removal from the restricted economy of the Forrester marriage entails his loss of her as a maternal substitute, her removal from the restricted economy...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (3): 325–354.
Published: 01 September 2001
... an écriture féminine and registers a Kristevan semiotic force.9 Critical recuperation of H.D.’s work has argued that, “an­ chored in the maternal,” it “directly writes the female body, female de­ sire” (Friedman, Penelope’s Web 11). It is largely thanks to such readings, which emphasize the “feminine...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (1): 32–62.
Published: 01 March 2015
... Wharton story “The Quicksand,” as well as her depictions of “the matrimonial quicksands of New York” ([1927] 1997,17) stand behind Larsen’s debut novel Quicksand . In Larsen’s text, the narrator describes Helga Crane’s loss of “confidence in the fullness of her life,” recalling the early Wharton story...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (4): 569–595.
Published: 01 December 2001
... to the image of the nation as family, both paternal and maternal, to try to resurrect an inclusive image of Indian plurality. Perhaps unsurprisingly given its prominence in political and literary texts, the family metaphor has become a central trope in postcolonial criticism as well...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (2): 125–149.
Published: 01 June 2000
... Djuna Barnes and Katherine IMansfield each wrote a work whose Parisian setting and sexually ambiva­ lent characters provide the backdrop for an inquiry into the convoluted mechanisms of desire and loss. Barnes’s Nightwood, after an initial success boosted by T. S. Eliot’s endorsement...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (4): 449–471.
Published: 01 December 2003
... during this period.5 Gov­ ernment policy rewarded maternity, with its presumption of heterosexual­ ity and marriage. Women won the right to participate in public life, but they were also given strong indications that the proper place from which to exercise that right was the home. Complementing...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (3): 305–335.
Published: 01 September 2014
... 305Twentieth-Century Literature 60.3 Fall 2014 305 Julie Taylor hand-holding of the two lovers. The symmetrical touching of “hand in hand,” performed syntactically in the phrase’s chiasmus, contrasts with the clear asymmetry of the bridge’s maternal holding. In what we might be tempted...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (3): 298–327.
Published: 01 September 2003
... stands, hardly and with difficulty, on the part of death. There, I am at the border of my condition as a living being. My body extricates itself, as being alive, from that border. Such wastes drop so that I might live, until, from loss to loss, nothing remains in me and my...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 511–517.
Published: 01 December 2018
... (or decentered) on the khora , the void, the receptacle that Kristeva envisions as maternal, an otherness akin to nothing and its iconoclastic productivity. Once Vicks’s theoretical frame has been laid out, the book proceeds to examine different figurations of nothing in modern fiction. Each of the five...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 567–574.
Published: 01 December 2010
... and graphi- cally depicted events. For example, Hirsch’s historical research and careful analysis of Bottome’s “stifling family situation” (xvii) relate economic in- stability and maternal dominance to the writer’s personal and career goals and experiences. The effect is to give complex credit...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 90–116.
Published: 01 March 2012
... hold out no future—for itself or for others—that triumphs over this pain” (74). For this reason, the “loss of historical direction, and with it the loss of futurity characteristic of the late modern age” is “refigured” in “the dominant political expression of the age: identity politics...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (3): 341–370.
Published: 01 September 2010
... by alluding to this story, as another bird emerges from the (also feathered) maternal juniper tree: Firm-feathered juniper springing from difficult ground, the sky trembling with power, the rain falling upon the bird singing The fairy-tale connection recalls...