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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (4): 640–662.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Robert Volpicelli Copyright © Hofstra University 2012 Robert Volpicelli Against Things: The At-Home Objects of Marianne Moore Robert Volpicelli From 1965 until her death in 1972, Marianne Moore lived at 35 West Ninth Street in Greenwich Village. Moore’s Greenwich Village apart...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (3): 330–351.
Published: 01 September 2015
.... Through readings of the fragmented bodies that challenge the reader in Rainer Maria Rilke and Virginia Woolf, I will suggest that a compositionist ethics of reading points us toward a new understanding of the fragile, processual, and vital imbrication of politics, objects, institutions, and attachments...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 267–298.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Gregory Castle “The Consolation of Objects” takes seriously Nietzsche’s call to embrace what is, to love necessity. Amor fati for him entails the ability “to see what is necessary in things as what is beautiful in them.” Stephen Dedalus, in Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (3): 328–345.
Published: 01 September 2000
...Henry S. Turner Copyright © Hofstra University 2001 Empires of Objects: Accumulation and Entropy in E. M. Forster’s Howards End H enry S. Turner [T] here seems something else in life besides tíme, something which may conveniently...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (3): 392–410.
Published: 01 September 2015
... that “things” have a life outside the realm of the human. Bowen’s fiction expresses an obvious need for objects to mean something or to represent the human, but her fiction also recognizes their inability to do so. In The Little Girls , this obsession with objects is coupled with the threat of extinction...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (3): 235–268.
Published: 01 September 2021
...Sharon Kunde “The ‘Nature’ of American Literature” explores how John Crowe Ransom and his less-studied contemporary Elizabeth Madox Roberts advanced a theory of literary objects that emerged from nature itself. This theory formed the basis of Ransom’s bid, in “Criticism, Inc.,” for disciplinary...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 191–214.
Published: 01 June 2021
... in the early twentieth century. Studying how Dismorr’s divergent and feminist approach to Vorticist practice exploits “the materialities of abstraction,” or the traces of the material world that evince the outside of the abstract art object, it suggests that these material traces lead us to reimagine...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 343–368.
Published: 01 December 2019
... to histories of racial profiling and respectability politics, it analyzes how profile epistemology remains dependent on white supremacy, demonstrating how critical race theory, affect theory, and poetry can open up forms of oppositional looking to undermine the ostensible objectivity of data. Copyright ©...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 239–266.
Published: 01 September 2017
... among New York intellectuals who ineffectually conspire to found a radical magazine. Although the novel has typically been read as a roman à clef, its broader target becomes evident when positioned in relation to masculinist orthodoxies of objectivity and scientific materialism that dominated American...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 413–448.
Published: 01 December 2018
... increasingly emphasizes idiosyncratic, incommensurable, and personal modes of understanding over universal structures of knowledge. Attending to the philosophical and aesthetic implications of objective description embodied by the dissertation and the endnotes of The Waste Land , this essay reads the vocal...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 1–22.
Published: 01 March 2019
... European background constitutes a new object of inquiry and theory, which we call postsocialist literatures in the United States. The new representations—fiction, poetry, and theater—connect the United States to key events in the former Eastern Bloc. They emphasize the importance of state socialism and its...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 43–70.
Published: 01 March 2019
..., or instances of the postcommunist exotic; nor do they present only harsh critiques of US national imaginaries. Instead, the texts function as convex mirrors for multiple encounters and exchanges in ways that render them both object and method for rethinking real and imaginary intersections between the former...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (2): 147–176.
Published: 01 June 2023
... Native Son (1940) and Alice Walker’s Meridian (1976) as two representative examples. Both novels portray what Sara Ahmed calls an “affective economy,” specifically the unequal affective economy produced by antiracism’s circulation as a cultural object. Wright considers how antiracism occasions happiness...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 59–78.
Published: 01 March 2020
... an aging soldier. The curious parallels between these two works are articulated through the figure of the failing human body; in both poem and film, flesh becomes the avatar of a modernist sensorium that struggles to conjoin the perceiving subject with a fugitive and unreliable object world. Specifically...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (2): 283–308.
Published: 01 June 2013
... will not be on the interpretation of shoes as objects that carry the burden of something else (violence, loss, etc.) but on the ways in which shoes step forth in order to foreground the practice of exemplification itself. My focus is onNight and Day, Jacob’s Room and the essays and reviews of literary tourism (or literary...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (4): 379–402.
Published: 01 December 2016
... meaningful connection with the art of the past by privileging establishment—and, implicitly, masculine—authority. In H.D.’s World War II epic Trilogy (1944–46), this desired private relationship with aesthetic objects motivates the recovery of an aestheticized female god, the Lady, from the margins...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (4): 488–517.
Published: 01 December 2007
... social relations, and by how it can il­ luminate the world of objects. Wittgenstein writes: When I talk about language (words, sentences, etc.) I must speak the language of every day. Is this language somehow too coarse and material for what we want to say? Then how is another one...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 140–147.
Published: 01 March 2011
... relations his work theorizes, he contends that the title character of  William Gaddis’s novel JR possesses such a “minute awareness” of every object in his environment that he is able to see in each scrap of metal or picnic fork a unique buying and sell- ing opportunity. So tuned...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (3): 424–432.
Published: 01 September 2015
... reducing materiality to subjectivity. But whereas the sexualized flesh of young boys hung from their necks embodies the intractable materiality of Naked Lunch , in V . Pynchon highlights the material irreducibility of the colonial body subjected to European imperialism and the obdurate object world...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 305–332.
Published: 01 September 2020
..., and ancient structures, he proposes this interest depends on two conditions: first, “that the object instilling the interest in us be nature or at least be considered such by us” and, second, “that it be naive (in the widest sense of the term), i.e., that nature stand in contrast with art and shame...