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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (3): 295–322.
Published: 01 September 2022
...Sarah Berry Derek Walcott’s Harry Dernier and Sylvia Plath’s Three Women , two little-known, midcentury radio plays, cultivate characters who sound like the speaker of a lyric poem, even as they foreground the invisible bodies behind the voices. In offering us voices that both invite and obstruct...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (4): 475–498.
Published: 01 December 2017
... relation between detail and affect. It is a matter of profound importance, in other words, for Moore, as she variously proposed in her prose of the period, that there is a complex cultivation in her writing of the practice of witness. 20 One further face in Moore’s midcentury poetry establishes...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (3): 345–351.
Published: 01 September 2021
... : Edinburgh University Press . Another, hinted at earlier, is how much midcentury feeling remains, in different yet strangely familiar forms, alive today. As Seiler intriguingly suggests in her afterword, fiction of the twenty-first century has been returning to the midcentury, exploring and in a sense...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 393–410.
Published: 01 December 2019
... continuities with her later work, and complicate the terms though which understandings of her first poems have been oversimplified—deemed narrowly “conservative” as opposed to “radical.” Copyright © 2019 Hofstra University 2019 formalism midcentury poetry poetics politics There is a story we...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (3): 396–400.
Published: 01 September 2008
... not only to il­ lustrate the overall issue of how midcentury leftist poetry adhered to, memorialized, and worked through the recent past, especially the cultural 397 Tyrus Miller politics of the Popular Front. They also give him the means to explore the complex, contradictory...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (4): 507–512.
Published: 01 December 2017
..., and the singer then performed her hit “Express Yourself.” It was an effective rhetorical moment, though for students of modern poetry there were both familiar and complicated ironies in Madonna’s use of Auden’s poem, “September 1, 1939,” to express herself and her political commitments. As Bonnie Costello...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 387–412.
Published: 01 December 2018
.... Arguing that midcentury American attitudes about sexuality inflect—productively as much as disastrously—the relationship of lyric privacy to gossipy publicity in Merrill’s poem, the article shows how gossip, in its rich afterlife in Sandover , emerges not so much as a normative threat to be overcome...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (3): 353–363.
Published: 01 September 2022
..., others cover a wide variety of authors and genres in relatively brief space. A chapter on midcentury Ireland, for example, ties together dozens of writers who were contributors to the influential and increasingly studied periodical The Bell . Allen casts the magazine’s contrary, cosmopolitan stance...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (3): 245–270.
Published: 01 September 2023
... had and have to poetry, and why poetic technique—specifically, a repertoire of techniques inherited from an earlier generation in Europe—became so crucial to how Ginsberg’s generation responded to the emergent surveillance-capitalist terrain. The period of unemployment when Ginsberg wrote “Howl” also...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (1): 110–117.
Published: 01 March 2016
... York and Boston poets of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries sought to produce “an American epic” (155). Mary Loeffelholz’s “Other Voices, Other Verses: Cultures of American Poetry at Midcentury” examines the degree to which poets in the mid-nineteenth century distance themselves...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (4): 377–384.
Published: 01 December 2017
... Goodridge, and Cristanne Miller edited Moore’s Selected Letters . Five years later Robin Schulze’s facsimile edition of Moore’s early poetry, Becoming Marianne Moore (2002), began to establish a precise history of publication and revision that had been erased by the misleadingly titled Complete Poems...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2024) 70 (1): 85–93.
Published: 01 March 2024
...Alex Streim astreim1@jhu.edu Craft Class: The Writing Workshop in American Culture , by Kempf Christopher . Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press , 2022 . 296 pages. The Academic Avant-Garde: Poetry and the American University , by Andrews Kimberly Quiogue...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 461–472.
Published: 01 December 2019
... Shattuck, who consolidated and canonized their own vision of modernism (along with the profession of literary criticism as we know it) at midcentury. Rediscovering the complexity and contentiousness of the movement as it emerged and responding to these two mutually reinforcing incarnations from...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (4): 538–543.
Published: 01 December 2008
... presences distinct from the embodied person. Gertrude Stein is the figure who best exemplifies the aesthetic that results. In her experimental prose poetry, Stein adopts an extreme nominalist stance, one that leads her to try to register the particularity and immediacy of experience. This stance...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (1): 1–22.
Published: 01 March 2007
... friend Robert Lowell. Some 18 months later, Bishop died of a stroke, ironically on the night before she was scheduled to read again at Harvard, with poet Mary Lavin.That poetry reading became an unrehearsed tribute to Bishop, and on the following day, 21 October 1979, Bishop’s friends...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (2): 260–282.
Published: 01 June 2013
... for Auden was a risky experimentation with the subjective mode of Rimbaud fig- ures in Lehman’s account as the admirable abandon of an outsider bent on revitalizing “the American poetry of the time,” which had grown “crusty with convention” (5). In order to “mount an avant-garde assault...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 483–490.
Published: 01 December 2021
... of works, edited by Stephen Yenser and J. D. McClatchy, that establishes his place as one of the major poets of midcentury America. Langdon Hammer coedits A Whole World with Stephen Yenser, the author of The Consuming Myth: The Work of James Merrill . Yenser’s introduction to the letters explores...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (2): 243–250.
Published: 01 June 2014
... poetry. By the late 1920s Hughes rarely used the lyric “I,” for example, turning instead to the deployment of multiple personas who could speak in the authentic accents that he was both drawn to and estranged from. Personas were the cornerstone of his breakthrough collection Fine Clothes...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (1): 114–122.
Published: 01 March 2005
... Gill, Jo. “Textual Confessions: Narcissism in Anne Sexton’s Early Poetry.” 50.1 (2004): 59-87 Ginsburg,Alan. See Harris Golding, William. See Baker; Stape Gomel, Elana. “The Plague of Utopias: Pestilence and the Apocalyptic Body.” 46.4 (2000): 405-433 Green, Laura. “Hall of Mirrors...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (4): 485–512.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Hugh Foley This essay argues that Robert Lowell’s poetry demonstrates a critical engagement with the liberal individual that he is not often given credit for. By examining Lowell’s handling of the pathetic fallacy, whereby the external landscape is made to match the mood of the observer, the essay...