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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2018) 64 (3): 275–294.
Published: 01 September 2018
... aesthetic. This essay argues, however, that what Corregidora affirms most strongly is not a more accurate (because more traumatic) history but rather what Stephen Best has recently called the desire to make the past present. What Ursa Corregidora struggles to realize in the novel is precisely the pastness...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2006) 52 (2): 199–230.
Published: 01 June 2006
...Hillary Chute Copyright © Hofstra University 2006 B4I “The Shadow of a Past Time”: History and Graphic Representation in Mans Hillary Chute Because I grew up with parents who were always ready to see the world grid crumble, and when it started feeling that that was...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2008) 54 (3): 396–400.
Published: 01 September 2008
...Tyrus Miller History, Memory, and the Literary Left: Modern American Poetry, 1935–1968 , by Lowney John , Iowa City : University of Iowa Press , 2006 . 287 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2008 Remembrances of Left Pasts History, Memory, and the Literary Left: Modern American...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 49–74.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Irene Yoon This essay demonstrates how Virginia Woolf negotiates problems of temporal, spatial, and intersubjective distance through the modern—and increasingly transparent—landscape of interwar London. Through readings of “A Sketch of the Past” and Mrs. Dalloway , I argue that the perceptual...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 43–70.
Published: 01 March 2019
... Cold War discourses and highlight real or symbolic junctions between postsocialist European and US spaces, thus constituting new publics and developing new frames of interpretation. The three authors relate the socialist past and its immediate aftermath to the United States: Penkov addresses...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 21–48.
Published: 01 March 2017
... Marianne Hirsch’s term), by which cultural memory constrained in a traumatic return to the past in present identity and within the island’s boundaries can open to its transnational diaspora, expanding from a rehearsal of historical grievance to an exploration of contemporary responsibility. Copyright...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2007) 53 (3): 371–393.
Published: 01 September 2007
... about the relationship between past, present, and future, about cause and effect, and about the possibilities and problems that attempts to understand and represent the past entail. And, as is also the case with all historical novels, its historical imagination can tell us something...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2012) 58 (1): 178–186.
Published: 01 March 2012
... with each other, reflects one of her key arguments, that millennial visions such as the cattle killing prophecy kept a pre-colonial past alive in the present by imagining an acolonial future. Both her texts and her conclusions, then, emphasize a productive heterotemporality: the cattle killing...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2009) 55 (3): 416–422.
Published: 01 September 2009
... triumph by ideal- izing its past, present, and future in terms of that victory. He offers the example of Patrick Buchanan’s “[a]ggressive protection” of America’s past, seeing it as “a way to protect America, for the present and in the future, from any doubts about America’s rightness, its...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2010) 56 (2): 245–253.
Published: 01 June 2010
.... This was not just memory, however, but also a retrospective re-membering or reshaping of an imagined past. As Benedict Anderson suggests in Imagined Communi- ties, this reshaping of a national identity from a primordial past into the present was enabled by the rise of print media (36–37). And...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2014) 60 (2): vi–viii.
Published: 01 June 2014
... foregrounds his characters’ migration through the spaces of a Europe that is saturated with traces of the past. But for Sebald, memory is private, furtive, marginal, the essay shows; it is not “reified in public spaces” as it is for Nora. Nabokov’s butterflies and his butterfly man, though part of a...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2003) 49 (3): 388–419.
Published: 01 September 2003
... to narrative confla­ tions of time at least since H.D.’s novel Palimpsest. According to Margaret M. Dunn, the traces of past writing legible beneath the present text make the palimpsest “a symbol for recurring patterns of human experience” (55), and in this sense time in Invisible Man is...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2001) 47 (2): 137–168.
Published: 01 June 2001
... have argued that such readings, in assuming a clean break between an oppressive co­ lonial past and a liberated “postcolonial” present, obscure the complexi­ ties and unique features of the Irish situation, fail to examine in detail the transitional period itself (one in progress...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2013) 59 (1): 79–103.
Published: 01 March 2013
... employ confession to manage the crisis of being haunted by revolutionary and colonial pasts, while also challenging this endeavor in their formal stag- ing. By subjecting confession not merely to criticism, but critique in the Kantian sense,1 these writings question an act generally enlisted...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2012) 58 (2): 333–340.
Published: 01 June 2012
... Freud’s most classic cases, Sergei Pankejeff, otherwise known as the Wolf Man. In discussing Freud, Seitler suggests that residual animality “enacts” the condition of atavism as a “return not to but of the past” (33). The Wolf Man case functions as an introduction to the image of being down on...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2005) 51 (2): 259–262.
Published: 01 June 2005
..., however, his book is as much about poets’ casting off monumental pretensions as it is about their casting about or fishing for ways to commemorate and con­ nect with the past in a credible way. Rotella begins by noting a prevailing, even defining, impulse of mo­ dernity by quoting...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2001) 47 (1): 72–91.
Published: 01 March 2001
... that its allusions to the prestory past concern not mere­ ly Jake’s wounding but other events from the war, and, as it turns out, the early postwar period too— things that have “already happened” to this generation. These allusions to things past are implied in landscape...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 102–106.
Published: 01 March 2017
... past several decades, but they are also topics that have occupied poets incessantly. In a number of respects, these two issues are at the very heart of the poetic enterprise, and so taking them on is akin to taking on nearly everything that might matter about poetry. Many of the most important...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2014) 60 (2): 197–221.
Published: 01 June 2014
... meaning of the civil rights movement, casting it as an empty symbol rather than a demand for programmatic change. His ad- ministration recognized that controlling the interpretation of the present is a means of containing the past. Just as the Gulf  War became a site at which memories of the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2006) 52 (3): 249–274.
Published: 01 September 2006
... with shell shock. He suffers from the compulsion to remember and retell his traumatic past from the standpoint of a survivor both unable and perhaps unwilling to put that very past into words; the novel stands as a record of his narrative collision with the violence of trauma.1 Frederic’s...