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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (1): 104–125.
Published: 01 March 2013
...Lisa A. Long Copyright © Hofstra University 2013 Lisa A. Long A New Midwesternism in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye by Lisa A. Long Whether it is a hated sofa, a violent summer storm, or a crack in the sidewalk, the vivid images in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye (1970...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (1): 123–130.
Published: 01 March 2003
..., the first bishop of St. Paul, went on to establish the city’s cathedral and contribute toward making the town the “middle-class, dull, unpoetical and fettering” center of Midwestern Catholicism that Shane Leslie felt it had become by the early twentieth century (qtd. in Meyers 11). Many of its...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (1): 79–98.
Published: 01 March 2014
.... Rightly called “Lewis’s finest post-1920s novel” (McLaughlin 7), it is the story, written by a middle-class, Midwestern white man, of a middle-class, Midwestern white man named Neil Kingsblood who is at thirty-one a well-liked, respected citizen, a wounded veteran of  World War II, headed...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 79–100.
Published: 01 March 2018
...). The same could be said of Wharton’s deployment of the term. On the one hand, she extols curiosity as the best part of us—a position she repeatedly reinforces in her scornful parodies of the intellectual complaisance of the upper classes and the degraded philistinism of the midwestern upstarts. On the other...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (1): 1–11.
Published: 01 March 2003
... currents of the twentieth centu­ ry: the modernist revolution, the creation and dissemination of the existential vision, postwar African-American writing, the beat movement, poststructuralism. Willa Cather recruited George Sand to the cause of Midwestern regionalism. Fleeing a “mass...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (2): 153–181.
Published: 01 June 2007
... and an intelligent stranger’s acuteness of observation” (xxi). Later, Mizener cites Malcolm Cowley: It was as if all his novels described a big dance to which he had taken the prettiest girl and as if at the same time he stood outside the ballroom, a little Midwestern boy with his nose...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (1): 100–114.
Published: 01 March 2000
... as flat— the sameness becomes empty, for all of it is seen through memory shaped by war. Aimlessly, like a patrol without direction, he wheels his father’s “big Chevy” on its seven-mile loop around the lake. The lake itself is flatly pro­ saic—a nondescript midwestern lake that was “a good audience...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (1): 42–60.
Published: 01 March 2006
... Robert Chodat familiar and conversational and tries to establish a kinship with the reader by addressing him or her as a confidant—someone in on the joke. We are encouraged to see ourselves as part of an “us” that stands in contrast to the provincial Midwestern towns, the simpletons bemusedly...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 327–344.
Published: 01 September 2007
... In this sense, Wallace can be understood as in some ways quite a tradi­ tional American writer, one w ith affiliations to a tradition o f Midwestern realism as well as the kind of metaphysics o f presence that permeate the work o f Emerson andThoreau. If DeLillo might aptly be described as an 340...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 191–212.
Published: 01 June 2017
... and again” leading nowhere. In Stein’s usage, however, “Galena” functions, I suggest, as another name for “whiteness,” or perhaps, “white privilege.” It implies that, when one’s experiments (temporarily) fail, one can rely on the security of the established family business (like the Midwestern frontier...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2018
..., Parker High School, where he and several classmates produced a newspaper titled Sommunist (a portmanteau of Socialist-Communist) and, later, the Anti-Everything ( Rosset 2016 , 28–30). Rosset entered into the book business with the help of his father, a midwestern banker, and, when his father died...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 145–166.
Published: 01 March 2019
... overlaid with the knowledge and cultural capital that Vainberg acquired during his studies at a Midwestern college and while residing in the multiethnic city of New York. In the prologue to Absurdistan , Vainberg says: “This is a book about love. But it’s also a book about geography. The South Bronx may...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 516–538.
Published: 01 December 2011
... of liberal despair. In Adam Haslett’s Union Atlantic, Franzen’s largely middle-class and Midwestern concerns with the immodesty of freedom evaporate in the face of a far more extreme encounter with economic neoliberalism. Set in the northeast corridor, Haslett’s central narrative begins...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (3): 407–430.
Published: 01 September 2001
... elegant but empty library, an obsolete tradition. The image may also remind us of the unused library of another of American literature’s archetypal tycoons, Jay Gatsby.9 Like Gatsby, the Midwesterner who turned eastward and to the past, Stoyte and his fel­ low collectors of culture...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 71–96.
Published: 01 March 2019
..., textuality, and narrative overwhelm any interest in representations of reality and its affect. The writer’s comfortable Midwestern life is set against fattened surroundings just as she herself becomes an object of stereotyping, as evidenced in the way she is often mistaken for a citizen of another socialist...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 305–332.
Published: 01 September 2020
..., androgynous; a Jamesian, Europhilic, East Coast aestheticist, and a homely, Midwestern, local-color regionalist. We did this casually, as long as we were debating the personal dimensions of her style; but now we are pressed to define the historical dimensions of her writing. A century has passed since My...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (4): 484–510.
Published: 01 December 2015
... . . . brought with them Midwestern ways of building and cooking and praying and who tried to graft those ways upon the land. The graft took in curious ways. . . . This is the country in which a belief in the literal interpretation of Genesis has slipped imperceptibly into a belief in the literal interpretation...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 25–52.
Published: 01 March 2018
... of revolutions who gets the jitters when he hears explosions, a potential Lothario who cannot find the means to break away from his narrow-minded midwestern wife back home. Porter later wrote, “That has for its hero something like ten thousand wistful American boys who have been brought up in dull ways and dull...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (3): 360–387.
Published: 01 September 2003
... meaningful experiences than his Midwestern upbringing has provided. The narrator of “Mappa Mundi” says of Americans: “Their imaginations having less historical exercise than ones over here, they are inclined to be superficial—that is, romantic . .. their national culture not yet achieved, what...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (2): 145–174.
Published: 01 June 2009
... to Farah J. Griffin, character- istic of migration narratives, which “attempt to come to terms with the massive dislocation of black peoples following migration” (3). Portraying “the movement . . . from a provincial (not necessarily rural) Southern or Midwestern site (home of the ancestor) to a more...