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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 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 (1 March 2003) 49 (1): 123–130.
Published: 01 March 2003
... respectable name. His colleague Joseph Crétin, 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2014) 60 (1): 79–98.
Published: 01 March 2014
... novels. 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 (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 79–100.
Published: 01 March 2018
... complaisance of the upper classes and the degraded philistinism of the midwestern upstarts. On the other hand, she deals harshly with characters whose curiosity becomes active and transgressive, and thus a threat to established norms and tribal allegiances. When it comes to issues of conduct and class loyalty...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2003) 49 (1): 1–11.
Published: 01 March 2003
..., postwar African-American writing, the beat movement, poststructuralism. Willa Cather recruited George Sand to the cause of Midwestern regionalism. Fleeing a “mass of dolts,” Ezra Pound baptized a new movement imagisme and set one of its most memorable achieve­ ments in the Paris metro. John...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2000) 46 (1): 100–114.
Published: 01 March 2000
... 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 for silence” (158). Thus the central metaphor is established—an aimless, circular trav­ eling around a vast...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2007) 53 (2): 153–181.
Published: 01 June 2007
...: 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 to the glass, wondering how much the tickets cost and who paid for the music. (qtd. in...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2017) 63 (2): 191–212.
Published: 01 June 2017
..., “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 tannery for Grant). Stein and Wilder take the simple advantage of the Grant family’s inherited capital for granted, and Fitzgerald...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2001) 47 (3): 407–430.
Published: 01 September 2001
... 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 are, as Gatsby has it, “boats against the current.” “Growing back while growing up...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2007) 53 (3): 327–344.
Published: 01 September 2007
... o f American romanticism in an apparently alien social and historical milieu.6 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 145–166.
Published: 01 March 2019
... whatever—he’s the most global man he wants to be.” In the novel, the geography of St. Petersburg becomes 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2006) 52 (1): 42–60.
Published: 01 March 2006
... in contrast to the provincial Midwestern towns, the simpletons bemusedly referred to in the third person: “They knew what was important.They didThe second-person voice of the opening paragraph attempts to establish what Ted Cohen has referred to as the “intimacy” that a great deal of humor...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2011) 57 (3-4): 516–538.
Published: 01 December 2011
... excess, and tragic death. Building on this important mo- ment, Freedom might in the end be best read as a Melvillean allegory 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2018
... wealthy private school, 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2015) 61 (4): 484–510.
Published: 01 December 2015
..., as if overwritten by broader cultural scripts from somewhere else. She then stages the drive toward Lucille Miller’s home on Banyan Street: For the next hundred years the San Bernardino Valley would draw a kind of people who . . . brought with them Midwestern ways of building and cooking and praying...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2003) 49 (3): 360–387.
Published: 01 September 2003
... American, since he is fascinated and consumed by Paris, the city that Butts clearly believes holds the key to any spiritual renewal. Mileson goes to Paris for many of the same reasons Carston goes to rural England: he seeks more meaningful experiences than his Midwestern upbringing has...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2008) 54 (2): 129–165.
Published: 01 June 2008
... prototypical Midwestern family, which was his biggest seller and last complete extended narrative.5 More than half of the articles in Bloom’s anthology are concerned with In Cold Blood; the Waldmeir anthology is more balanced but still favors Blood. The recent biographical films Capote and Infamous...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2009) 55 (2): 145–174.
Published: 01 June 2009
... following migration” (3). Portraying “the movement . . . from a provincial (not necessarily rural) Southern or Midwestern site (home of the ancestor) to a more cosmopolitan, met- ropolitan area,” migration narratives as she sees them encode a historical journey from an older way of life...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 71–96.
Published: 01 March 2019
... discussions of form, 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 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...