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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 411–436.
Published: 01 December 2019
...Chris Roulston This article explores the relations among childhood innocence, queerness, and nation-building in Rosemary Manning’s boarding school narrative, The Chinese Garden (1962). Recent scholarship by Lee Edelman and Kathryn Bond Stockton has questioned the innocence we invest in the figure...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (1): 181–188.
Published: 01 March 2013
.... This, as the persistent links drawn between narration and nation building by some thinkers will attest, is not always the case. But it seems convincing in relation to the works that Spencer considers. Like the modernists he admires, Spencer upholds the idea of the exile as seer in his preference for authors...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (4): 495–503.
Published: 01 December 2005
... taken out. Chapter 5 stands at the heart of Southworth’s feminist project and offers insight into how a literary tradition is problematized by gender and nation. Building on the reception history of both Woolf and Colette, Southworth examines how women writers of the generation...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (2): 355–364.
Published: 01 June 2012
... cosmopolitanism fails in the Bombay novels because the individual can never supersede the group. For example, Saleem’s suppression of Gandhi throughout Midnight’s Children signals an aversion to heroic figures in the theater of nation- building: “National heroes, no matter how inclusive they wish...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 114–122.
Published: 01 March 2011
... histories of conquest and nation building, thus bringing a new repertoire of texts and subjects into view” (7). Similar interrogations of the nation-state have been, by many estimations, the most transformative angle brought to American studies by transnational approaches. Adams’s introduction does...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 407–430.
Published: 01 December 2021
... sensibility, and we see much at stake too in the second of Islas’s long list of possible titles, “Resident Aliens.” If, as Julie Minich (2011 : 712) argues, Islas’s work constitutes “an important intervention into the body politics of nation-building,” then the image of a “resident alien” represents...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 341–353.
Published: 01 December 2011
...: “It is not so much that we are rebuilding Cuban society, for there was nothing here of much worth to rebuild. We are building a new society, from top to bottom, and in all the spheres of our lives. It is the birth of a nation we are living through” (116). This stylistic shift gives Listen, Yankee...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (4): 519–527.
Published: 01 December 2015
... nation-building efforts,” including the endeavor by the Vietnamese rulers of the People’s Republic of Kampuchea to “distance and differentiate . . . Khmer Rouge totalitarianism from Vietnamese communism” (31). With the agenda of legitimating the Vietnamese forces as liberators rather than occupiers...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (2): 214–237.
Published: 01 June 2000
... an unenthusiastic view of postcolonial nationalism and nation building. He has had difficulty believing in the ability of new nations in Africa and the Caribbean to raise themselves to a condition of economic autonomy and cultural authenticity. He has also been against a political rhetoric and agenda...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (4): 545–568.
Published: 01 December 2001
...” that consistendy undercuts any positive associations his work might build up. “We get protest, but not affirmation,” Brennan writes, “except in the most abstracdy ‘human’ sense” (166).6 As a result, Rushdie can conceive of nation only in negative terms, an error that leads him to see fascism...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (4): 427–450.
Published: 01 December 2017
... of a robin” (1934, 22). A year later, Marianne Moore composed “Virginia Britannia,” a poem about the colonization of North America that listed “the redbird” among its native fauna. This article is about a preoccupation with nation-building narratives that Moore and Pound shared in the 1930s. Its focus...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (1): 88–91.
Published: 01 March 2007
... leads Weinbaum to the con­ clusion that “racism and sexism cannot be thought separately precisely because reproduction is a racializing force” (4,37). The book begins its dense, richly substantiated narrative of modern thought in the United States. Building on theories of nationalism...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (1): 98–104.
Published: 01 March 2005
..., the nature of interpretation, the end of the Cold War—and in the knowledge it brings to bear on those subjects. Like his previ­ ous books The Gold Standard and the Logic of Naturalism (1987) and Our America (1995), it marshals an impressive array of sources and builds a formidable...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (1): 47–70.
Published: 01 March 2010
.... Walter Benn Michaels notes that during this period Greek texts were taught as a US national legacy. In a nativist political climate of nation building and culture making, Calvin Coolidge’s 1932 speech to the American Classical League validated Greek and Latin as intellectual foundations for US...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (2): 185–206.
Published: 01 June 2020
... abandoned by the Führer, the diarist observes that she and her fellow Berliners are all “suddenly mere individuals, no longer members of the tribe, the German Nation. Old ties are broken; friendships don’t extend farther than three buildings away. There’s only the group of us huddled in the cave, a clan...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (2): 170–196.
Published: 01 June 2016
... of postwar consumer culture and illuminates Kerouac’s investment in nature and community. Copyright © Hofstra University 2016 The land itself would also be made more efficient by the superhighway. Farmers could grow for national rather than regional markets, Bel Geddes argues, freeing them from...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 307–342.
Published: 01 December 2019
... and the institution of chattel slavery in its formation and subsequent nation-building practices ( Wald 2016 : 6–8). As Sarah Wald concludes, “the plantation slave is an unwritten subject that haunts Jefferson’s vision of the free and independent farmer” (6)—and, by extension, haunts the nation’s long-standing...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (2): vi–viii.
Published: 01 June 2014
... Nabokov” proved a truly thrilling read: despite its complexity, I could not put it down. The essay builds on a few seemingly small details in W. G. Sebald’s 1992 novel The Emigrants, several small appearances of various incarnations of  Vladimir Nabokov in the text—as “the butterfly man” mentioned...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (4): 393–426.
Published: 01 December 2002
...Paula Kot Copyright © Hofstra University 2002 Ml Speculation,Tourism, and The Professor’s House Paula Kot In the summer of 1915 Willa Cather visited Mesa Verde National Park, probably to gather information for what eventually became “Tom Out- land’s Story,” book 2...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (3): 410–417.
Published: 01 September 2008
... exposing the connections between “narrative and political ideals of progress, aesthetic and social demands for literalism, and sexual and conceptual decorousness” (5). Building tacitly on the body of schol­ arship that has linked the development of the novel to that of the nation, Walkowitz suggests...