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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 247–270.
Published: 01 September 2016
...Anna Teekell By reading Samuel Beckett’s famously “unreadable” novel Watt (1953) in context as a novel of the Irish Emergency, the neutral Irish Free State’s euphemism for World War II, this essay argues that Watt ’s unreadability and encodedness are embodiments of the languages of post-traumatic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 343–368.
Published: 01 December 2019
... Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric , the article explores the ideologies inherent in a supposedly neutral profile epistemology, which maintains, for example, that “data speaks for itself” and that “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” Linking the truth claims of data surveillance to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 437–460.
Published: 01 December 2019
... novels strive to conceive of madness in terms of Laing’s antipsychiatric thought, this article will argue that they in fact serve to reveal that Laing’s “lived body” (but gender-neutral) theory of schizophrenia failed to account for the discursively constructed, “inscribed” bodies of Lessing’s female...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (4): 460–483.
Published: 01 December 2015
... darkness rendered all the more threateningly enigmatic by neutral Ireland’s censorship policy. Yet world-historical darkness extends into the localized evening gloom; “darkness” isn’t out there but very intimately here. The landscape reveals how Irish life is unsheltered and implicated in the war despite...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (4): 451–474.
Published: 01 December 2017
... same racial origin as myself have closed their eyes to the nature of the present world struggle. They must now see the war in a new light. I urge them to give heed to the Irish predicament. Ireland cannot save itself from invasion by neutrality. Should invasion be feasible for Hitler, Ireland must...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (3): 422–427.
Published: 01 September 2010
... than somehow, magically, neutralized. The second group Heise addresses are theorists of globalization, who for the most part have yet to take seriously the insight that the flow of goods, services, peoples, and ideas across wide geographic distances brings both heavy environmental costs and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (1): 88–91.
Published: 01 March 2007
... technology is never neutral and that “race and reproduction remain tightly bound, even as race loses its status as biological essence, and reproduction assumes previously unimagined forms” (231, 242). Weinbaum’s book possesses an internal logic insofar as she traces the progression from local to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (3): 465–493.
Published: 01 September 2013
... gloves in her lap, well knew how to contribute, while Justin talked, her airy, brilliant, secretive smiling and looking on.” The story’s setting in neutral Ireland means that the characters have a degree of choice in how much attention they give to the war. When Emma stops at the inn, there is...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 350–357.
Published: 01 September 2016
... claim to neutrality. Empson tried to retain his “artistic and political independence” in a period marked by repeated calls for commitment, but he knew that this “could too easily resemble a defeatist retreat from social and political action,” particularly for those of his peers who prided themselves on...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (2): 191–222.
Published: 01 June 2018
...” (1939), Bishop foregrounds the discursive impossibility of objective, value-neutral description, implicitly connecting the linguistic persistence of privileged subjectivity to the marginalization of subaltern people. Lowney links Bishop’s concern with subalternity to the fact that her residence in Key...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (4): 526–530.
Published: 01 December 2008
... possible. She traces across Green’s writings, for instance, a studied, class-based neutrality that he saw as “high artistic disinterestedness” (116), but which MacKay links to a Great War—bred resistance to political rhetoric that, in its subse­ quent failure to recognize Nazi atrocities, led to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): 244–248.
Published: 01 June 2005
... goes on to pose several questions that focus his subsequent approach: 245 Stephen Cushman How does description contain or convey meaning? What do we do when we describe something? How does one take the measure of the external world? How neutral or objective a form...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (3): 385–390.
Published: 01 September 2005
... and silence in Kogawa, unless they are needed to clarify her own views. (Duncan’s argument did persuade me that Goellnicht’s argument was persuasive and grounded in the text, but the argument seems intended to be neutral.) At such times I longed for Duncan to assert her own...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (2): 231–236.
Published: 01 June 2006
... permeable to mul­ tiple kinds of reality. (87) Whereas Moore and Lasker-Schüler adopt male, neutral, or bigendered names, Loy chooses pseudonyms that highlight her femininity and her mongrelism. Miller offers a suggestive and probing analysis of Loy’s self- exploratory name games. Like other...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 385–391.
Published: 01 September 2020
...), while at the same time he insists that formal experimentation and manifesto radicalism represent a specific episode in the history of modernism and should not be taken as part of its genetic code (104–12, 135–40). With the avant-garde thus neutralized, one could construct a longue durée of Russian...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 215–234.
Published: 01 June 2021
... tower in that wood, the speaker then vocalizes the emotional neutrality that has pervaded the whole poem: Loved I once my darling? I love him not now. Had I a mother beloved? She lies far away. A sister, a loving heart? My aunt a noble lady? All all is silent in the dark wood at night. (297...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (1): 1–11.
Published: 01 March 2003
... influence of their Armenian guru, the mysterious, char­ ismatic Gurdjieff.The between-wars Paris behind this bustlingly self-im­ proving, New-Agey foreground calls attention to itself if only by its extreme discretion, its tolerant cosmopolitan neutrality. Not infrequent­ ly lesbian, Rope writers...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (4): 421–432.
Published: 01 December 2004
... moments is to move beyond false binaries in order to comprehend and sustain their alterity. The Aufhebung thus reflects a formal, dynamic, and ongoing articulation of each moment relative to one another over time and space rather than a homogenizing unification that neutralizes their...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (2): 267–295.
Published: 01 June 2012
... visible in the mid-1970s and, perhaps more important, for the utopian neutralization of that order. To reposition Grimus within the rich tradition of utopia/SF,1 I argue, is to overcome the ideological limits of previous scholarly appraisals, restoring a properly historical context against which...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (4): 379–402.
Published: 01 December 2016
... memorial witness to the remnants of the Blitz. This suggestion evokes the idea of the museum as a cultural mausoleum, a notion not too distant from Theodor Adorno’s view that museums “are like the family sepulchers of works of art” and “testify to the neutralization of culture,” recalling the anti-museum...