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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2015) 61 (2): 147–172.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Nathaniel Mills This article challenges long-standing narratives of Ralph Ellison’s response to civil rights-era struggles as one of quietism, conservatism, or apolitical aestheticism. Focusing on a key episode early in Ellison’s Three Days before the Shooting …, in which a jazz musician burns his...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2004) 50 (1): 1–17.
Published: 01 March 2004
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2008) 54 (3): 396–400.
Published: 01 September 2008
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2005) 51 (3): 373–377.
Published: 01 September 2005
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2014) 60 (2): 267–272.
Published: 01 June 2014
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2011) 57 (3-4): 341–353.
Published: 01 December 2011
... Mills compares the new world of white-collar work to “the era of clas- sic liberalism” (White Collar 11) made possible by “a big stratum of small enterprisers” (3) living in a society “with no feudal tradition and no bu- reaucratic state” (12). In the late 1950s and early 1960s, however, another...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2011) 57 (1): 70–85.
Published: 01 March 2011
... South Africa, in the 1980s and 1990s in particular, Coetzee was a controversial figure precisely because of the lack of—explicitly political—controversy of his work. Consequently, as Catherine Mills puts it in an essay on Life and Times of Michael K, he was often attacked “for his failure to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2015) 61 (4): 460–483.
Published: 01 December 2015
... determinate identity, a description of the broken basin takes over: Lois herself remains literally featureless. 19 The cracked basin recalls an earlier scene at a ruined mill, riddled with cracks, an Ascendancy relic and signifier of “national grievances” (179). Lois and another houseguest, Marda, proceed...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2008) 54 (1): 105–114.
Published: 01 March 2008
...,” Marshik’s claims have merit. In making a connection between the whore and the artist/hero in Ulysses, Marshik might have noted that the description of the prostitute “reconnoitering on her own with the object of bringing 111 Peter Nohrnberg grist to her mill” (517) in “Eumaeus” recalls...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2012) 58 (2): 296–332.
Published: 01 June 2012
... begins to clamor for equality in every sphere of social life, Santayana suggests, political ambition and artistic refinement are sacrificed to the vulgar passions and common standards of the mob. A second strand of thought, which includes figures like John Stuart Mill (with reservations...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2010) 56 (3): 318–340.
Published: 01 September 2010
... the walls . . . bulge out visibly” (243), and her run-in with an IRA soldier in a ruined mill makes the cracks in its walls “seem to widen, to . . . peel back from a cleft” (180)—but all that is solid never completely melts into air. Although 328 Elizabeth Bowen and the New...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2005) 51 (1): 43–63.
Published: 01 March 2005
..., John Stuart Mill identifies the inadequacies of a strict ratio­ nalist orientation and invidiously opposes his emergent intuitive being and aesthetic needs to the pragmatic limitations of unenlightened utilitar­ ian imperatives. Further, the chapter on individualism in On Liberty (1859) promotes...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2018) 64 (4): 387–412.
Published: 01 December 2018
... lyric self-creation is interrupted soon enough by gossip’s invasion of privacy and delicious breach of tact. If “Poetry,” as John Stuart Mill writes, “is the natural fruit of solitude and meditation; eloquence, of intercourse with the world” ([1833] 1981: 349), in these lines Merrill imagines a liminal...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2011) 57 (3-4): 516–538.
Published: 01 December 2011
... on economic themes. American Rust, for example, begins in a transparently postmodern, post-apocalyptic landscape. The opening scene consists of a Luminist portrait of a decaying steel factory: the mill itself had been like a small city, but they had closed it in 1987, partially...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2009) 55 (3): 378–392.
Published: 01 September 2009
... represent or problematize crucial aspects of his own approach to writing. As Margaret Mills Harper has noted, Butler’s claim that the author of the Odyssey is a woman partly relies on essentialist notions of gender (181). The “indications” he collects include the authoress’s attendance to matters...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2017) 63 (2): 220–227.
Published: 01 June 2017
... implications. For example, in The Last September (1929), a novel set during the Irish War of Independence, he provocatively reads Bowen’s description of an encounter between her protagonists and a gunman in an abandoned mill as “rendered in strangely mixed idiom of elegy and nightmare,” which summons up both...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2009) 55 (3): 409–415.
Published: 01 September 2009
.... So too does Alexander’s poem undercut any suggestions that Obama’s way with words could dangerously bind or blind us. For “Praise Song” is, in the tradition of Whitman before his love af- fair with presidential politics, a poem about people milling around and talking. “We encounter each...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2010) 56 (1): 107–115.
Published: 01 March 2010
... reference even after such allusions have passed through the mill of Beckett’s creative process. In this volume the critical approach employed by each of the supporting essays provides an implicit or explicit answer to this question. In practice this difference largely breaks down to one between the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2010) 56 (2): 277–285.
Published: 01 June 2010
... fields that gave us books like The Organization Man, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, The Lonely Crowd, and even texts by such countercultural mainstays as Herbert Marcuse and C. Wright Mills. These texts all appear in Real Phonies, but with barely a mention of the cold war or countercultural...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2018) 64 (4): 449–482.
Published: 01 December 2018
... political violence. In this vein, Jean Mills reads Woolf as “the female Aeschylus” (2008: 105) and sees Jacob’s Room (1922), Mrs. Dalloway (1925), and The Waves (1931) as a feminist “Aeschylean trilogy” (108) that exposes and censures such a mentality. Jane Marcus (1987) , Sandra Shattuck (1987...