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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2000) 46 (2): 125–149.
Published: 01 June 2000
...Sarah Henstra Copyright © Hofstra University 2000 Looking the Part: Performative Narration in Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood and Katherine Mansfield’s “Je Ne Parle Pas Français” Sa r a h H e n s t r a n the early part of the twentieth century Djuna...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2016) 62 (2): 119–144.
Published: 01 June 2016
.... The novel’s narrator, when his spine is twisted forward by the chemical toxins, adopts the name “Animal.” In contesting Western definitions of what constitutes a human, he helps to reimagine postcolonial activism by broadening its coalition to include nonhuman subjects. Sinha’s version of postcolonial...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2017) 63 (3): 329–358.
Published: 01 September 2017
... something more ongoing. Tying Invisible Man ’s contentious ending to this conversation allows us to glimpse the shared, complex value of the anonymous narrator’s underground circumstances and Ellison’s creative process. Copyright © 2017 Hofstra University 2017 composition Invisible Man novel form...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2009) 55 (1): 58–79.
Published: 01 March 2009
... and write are manifested in the impotent, abandoned bodies of the characters; the text itself, the narrator, and the characters are all permeated with tropes of the body, but it is the manual act of writing—a fascination he shares with Barthes—that Beckett explores most intently through a...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2000) 46 (3): 369–386.
Published: 01 September 2000
... of the variances between different versions of the story is, again, worthwhile, for such an analysis reveals something about how remembering and narrating— activities in which the authors of and actors in these two narratives are in­ evitably engaged—intersect. An analysis of the several...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 53–78.
Published: 01 March 2018
... to this modernist imaginary. Finally, my essay turns to the questions of representation surrounding the figure of Dulcie Oliphant and her relationship to David Dirkse, to whom the narrative officially “belongs.” These questions of representation are at the heart of the narrative. The unnamed narrator...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2001) 47 (1): 114–136.
Published: 01 March 2001
... continue the at­ tempt. The result is that most of the stories in the series depict narrators as authors so aware of themselves and so concerned with the effect of this awareness on their waning creative powers that they cannot avoid continually inserting their presence into...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2007) 53 (1): 23–39.
Published: 01 March 2007
... is clearly shown by the im­ portant roles played by Major Plunkett and Omeros’s autobiographical first-person narrator. Plunkett, a retired British army officer living in St. Lucia, must articulate a new sense of his life’s meaning in postindepen­ dence St. Lucia. The narrator is a...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2006) 52 (4): 367–390.
Published: 01 December 2006
... autobiographical impulse—a reading supported, perhaps, by Strand’s observation about his narrator’s search for “the way back.” 3 The poem’s basic situation ap­ pears to bear out this reading: its narrator makes four attempts (printed in italics) to remember and write about a childhood incident...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2014) 60 (2): 267–272.
Published: 01 June 2014
...-Century Literature 60.2 Summer 2014 267 Alex Miller debate to illuminate his titular observer-hero narratives, which he char- acterizes as “hybrid affairs” wherein “a narrator with skeptical modern impulses [is pitted] against a protagonist who is more mysterious and romantic in...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2010) 56 (4): 493–529.
Published: 01 December 2010
... author and the narrator/protagonist sharing the same proper name (5).1 For ex- ample, even though Burroughs’s first work, Junky, was published under the pseudonym William Lee, since Junky’s narrator/protagonist also went by that name, from the reader’s perspective the autobiographical contract...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2002) 48 (1): 50–76.
Published: 01 March 2002
... and certainly about the novel itself. Fowles experimented with narrative form to some ex­ tent in The Collector and The Magus, but his third novel is his first openly metafictional work—particularly in its double ending1 and in its use of a twentieth-century narrator for a novel...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2007) 53 (2): 93–124.
Published: 01 June 2007
... out in a range of surprising ways—as conflicts about sexual fidelity, childbearing, self-deception, and the power of nar­ rative.4 I maintain that the narrator’s neo-Darwinist beliefs are taken quite seriously by the novel, and there is good reason to find in the novel an implicit...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2017) 63 (4): 513–518.
Published: 01 December 2017
... language that would disorient the reader in turn” (10–11). Likewise, “the discontinuous narration, full of jumps into different time periods, had to be invented to make a reader feel something akin to the dislocations of temporality endemic to those marked by trauma” (11). Wyatt also calls on Jacques Lacan...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2014) 60 (2): 137–168.
Published: 01 June 2014
... miniatures” that capture “neat little worlds” (166), Sebald reimagines them simply as icons of fracture. The narrator describes a glass slide of the Lasithi plateau in the Henry Selwyn section: “We sat looking at this picture for a long time in silence, too, so long that the glass in the slide...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2014) 60 (2): 169–196.
Published: 01 June 2014
... motivating the appear- ance of the Comanches; but in order to ground the political stakes of Barthelme’s mid-nineteen-sixties story in more thoroughly historicized terrain, we must look beyond the nineteenth-century context of Indian removal. The first-person narrator of “The Indian Uprising...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2013) 59 (1): 79–103.
Published: 01 March 2013
... places readers before the law in the first sentence. The novel commences with a confession sealed by the novel’s narrator, an English teacher of languages: “To begin with I wish to disclaim the possession of those high gifts of imagination and expression which would have enabled my pen to create...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2007) 53 (2): vi–x.
Published: 01 June 2007
..., yet interrelated, sections of the essay: (1) to show how the novel inscribes an “implicit critique of the narrator’s excessive rationalism,” (2) to explore how journalist/narrator Joe’s beliefs are animated by economic interests and “how neo-Darwin­ ism itself is represented as a phenomenon of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2009) 55 (2): 262–268.
Published: 01 June 2009
... judgment. Mooney opens her chapter with the assertion that “Nabokov, with Lolita, presents us with this highly flawed character-narrator in order to submit him to judgment, a judgment that has been prepared in the narrative ethically and aestheti- cally” (115). With this formulation she effectively...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2003) 49 (3): 360–387.
Published: 01 September 2003
... naive impulse to ask endless questions when her narrator, who has sworn herself to celibacy as part of her mem­ bership in this “society,” meets another member: I’ve been at Oxbridge, she said. Asking questions? Answering them, she replied. You have not broken...