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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2018) 64 (2): 129–160.
Published: 01 June 2018
...Katie Fitzpatrick This article reads Lionel Trilling’s 1947 novel, The Middle of the Journey , through postwar controversies about the relationship between law and conscience. The 1945–46 Nuremberg Trials divided American liberals, who disputed whether fascism was best combated by fidelity to the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2015) 61 (1): 63–91.
Published: 01 March 2015
... traditional elegy erases. This essay begins by reconsidering familiar ground—the Bloomsbury Group and the Cambridge Apostles—in order to place Woolf’s work squarely in the middle of what might otherwise seem an old boys’ club of elegiac inheritance. © 2015 by Hofstra University 2015 elegy mourning...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2011) 57 (3-4): 341–353.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Andrew Hoberek 2011 Postmodernism and Modernization Postmodernism and Modernization Andrew Hoberek In my book The Twilight of the Middle Class I argue that we should “read postmodernism dialectically, as the worldview not only of middle-class privilege but of the hollowness of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2010) 56 (2): 269–276.
Published: 01 June 2010
... Press, 2009. 432 pages Alison Shonkwiler What constitutes middle-class fiction? Is it subject matter? A degree of realism or attention to detail? Or can it be defined simply by identify- ing which novels middle-class readers read? Presumably a case could be made, following the historical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2006) 52 (2): 175–198.
Published: 01 June 2006
... Kleinian theory) on the part of (upper) middle-class intellectuals caused by “[ajdmission of the masses to the ‘liberal polity’” (Lawrence 5), a sense of apprehension about “the masses” that “made the boundaries of the body politic hard to define” (Tratner 61).What makes Klein’s theories...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2013) 59 (3): 494–503.
Published: 01 September 2013
... fate of Middle Earth. A monster rises behind them. A hybrid of a kraken and a vampire, it looks like it slithered out from between copies of Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Bram Stoker’s Dracula that were jammed together on a musty bookshelf somewhere. The cover is a...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2018) 64 (2): 247–258.
Published: 01 June 2018
... frequently in the nineteenth century—to the Middle East (1994, 28). 2 More recently, Gérôme’s Snake Charmer generated further interest when it was a centerpiece in the magnificent exhibition of his art that was shown at the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles), the Musée d’Orsay (Paris), and the Museo...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2009) 55 (1): 1–35.
Published: 01 March 2009
... considerable attention on it, a focus that returns in a key section of his first work ofjournalistic or travel writing, The Middle Passage (1962).2 As readers of The Mystic Masseur may recall, it is the 1946 election in which Naipaul’s enterprising protagonist, Ganesh Ramsumair, transforms himself...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2000) 46 (2): 150–170.
Published: 01 June 2000
... any readerly desire for closure. Humbert’s excess of style works in cahoots with his aversion to ends by creating contradictory desires: for the pleasure of language and text that suspends, during the itinerant middle, the need for ultimate revelation; and for that very revelation...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2015) 61 (4): 511–518.
Published: 01 December 2015
... nationalism in retrospect. Gandhi, then, is not a marker of a clear political stance but a “strategically deployed” (6) idea that allows authors to consider the relationship of the universal to the particular, the national to the outcaste, the middle class to the peasant, and the Hindu to the Muslim...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2018
... flexibility” that comes with financial security (1990b, 58). According to Rosset, Grove Press and other risk-taking publishers depend on “middle-class people with money to lose” (1990a, 56). When Grove profiled its audience in the Evergreen Review , it was in a sense examining itself. This is very much...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2011) 57 (1): 9–19.
Published: 01 March 2011
... to the political. A brief but effective theoretical intervention and circumvention of this instrumentalism was his excursus on the semantics of the middle voice, in a meditation on Roland Barthes’s essay, “To Write: An Intransitive Verb?” The middle voice is positioned midway between active...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2006) 52 (4): 474–481.
Published: 01 December 2006
...-proclaimed allegiance to the causes of democracy and equal­ ity. Instead, Kaplan read his fiction as constructing an at-least relatively more comprehensible and manageable social world for the late-nine- teenth-century middle- and upper-middle-class readers whom Howells mostly spoke...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2003) 49 (4): 520–546.
Published: 01 December 2003
..., however, the uni­ form sweater with bold white letters spelling out American Line bespoke not conventionality but its denial, symbolizing a determined if conflicted rejection of middle-class canons. In 1916, O ’Neill seems to have attempted to use his sailor’s uniform to facilitate his first...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2013) 59 (2): 196–231.
Published: 01 June 2013
... Jerng observes that critics have struggled to make sense of the book, both in the context of Lee’s earlier work and within the emerging canon of recent American fiction.1 The conundrum centers on the novel’s protagonist: Lee appropriates the voice of a white, middle-class, middle-aged male...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2009) 55 (2): vi–vii.
Published: 01 June 2009
.... From the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court decision through the middle of the next century, tremen- dous energy was invested in reinforcing the visible readability of racial differences. Toomer early on, the author argues, began to con- sider racial mixing the only realistic way...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2006) 52 (1): 96–105.
Published: 01 March 2006
.... The book consists of four chapters.The first chapter treats the Middle East and focuses on the work of Olivia Manning, Muriel Spark, and Ethel Man- nin.The second chapter is concerned with India and features the work of Rumer Godden.The third chapter handles the British imperial presence in...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2013) 59 (3): 504–512.
Published: 01 September 2013
... also might have benefited from a consideration of the middle class and middlebrow aesthetics. For instance critics, Graham included, often read Eliot’s well-known “Marie Lloyd” as an insight into Eliot’s reflection upon the high and low arts, but Eliot’s essay is equally interesting for the deep...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2013) 59 (1): 104–125.
Published: 01 March 2013
... matters of personal safety and survival, especially questions about the visibility and persistence of African American families and non- white culture in this place. Morrison’s attention to ethnic identity in the region exposes how the expansive “middle” of the country is narrowly imagined as...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2013) 59 (4): 596–618.
Published: 01 December 2013
... partner to constitute proof of an inner quality called hetero- or homosexuality—“is a stunningly recent creation” (13) emerging only in the middle decades of the twentieth century. Prior to this, an older regime—dating to at least the 1890s in New York City, especially among the working class...