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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2016) 62 (1): 32–55.
Published: 01 March 2016
...Avram Alpert This essay considers the postmodern engagement with Buddhism as a philosophy and a practice through the lens of Severo Sarduy’s Cobra (1972). It argues that a closer alignment of contemporary Buddhist studies with literary criticism can help us to better understand both contemporary...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2017) 63 (2): 167–190.
Published: 01 June 2017
...Greg Chase Where Addie Bundren’s bitter statement in Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying that “words are no good” has often been read as concerning the universal shortcomings of language, this article turns to the philosophy of Faulkner’s contemporary Ludwig Wittgenstein for a more context-specific...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 53–78.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Kaelie Giffel Bringing together Zoë Wicomb’s David’s Story and Walter Benjamin’s “Theses on the Philosophy of History,” this essay argues that Benjamin’s concept of “constellating” events that are noncausally yet historically related to each other is uniquely able to help us grasp the specificity...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2018) 64 (4): 449–482.
Published: 01 December 2018
... aesthetics of the momentary as responses to Darwinism and expressions of her tragic philosophy: characters’ short-lived “moments of being” stand in insoluble conflict with the expansive time of natural history. Copyright © 2018 Hofstra University 2018 British novel Friedrich Nietzsche modernism...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2018) 64 (4): 413–448.
Published: 01 December 2018
... intellectual, artistic, and personal development. As Eliot moves from analytic philosophy in his doctoral dissertation through the philosophically invested poetry that culminates in The Waste Land (1922) and, finally, to the autobiographical and participatory idiom of Four Quartets (1943), his work...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2018) 64 (2): 129–160.
Published: 01 June 2018
.... Copyright © 2018 Hofstra University 2018 Hannah Arendt legal philosophy liberalism Nuremberg Trials postwar literature The discrepancy between legality and justice could never be bridged because the standards of right and wrong into which positive law translates its authority . . . are...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 101–110.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Greg Chase A compelling case exists for reading literary modernism alongside the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein. The case in part is historical: the span of Wittgenstein’s life (1889–1951) makes him a nearly exact contemporary of canonical modernists like Virginia Woolf and James Joyce (both...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2014) 60 (1): 128–136.
Published: 01 March 2014
... of investigation of US literature’s interactions with US philosophy that has long been standard in work on the nineteenth century. On the other hand, LeMahieu challenges postmodernism’s putative ahistoricity in the manner of less specifically philosophical books by Daniel Grausam (on the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2010) 56 (1): 107–115.
Published: 01 March 2010
... inscribed Notes Divers Holo, these notes are an inestimable resource: they appear to have been used by Beckett when searching for references, quo- tations, or inspiration during his writing from the 1930s, offering precise details of his previously suspected study of philosophy and psychology...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2018) 64 (4): 511–517.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Maurizia Boscagli At several points Vicks seems open to the necessary historicization of her problematic. In the introduction, for example, she mentions a number of artists and their aesthetics in terms that call for a discussion that goes beyond formalism and philosophy: post–World War I Dada...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2017) 63 (3): 365–369.
Published: 01 September 2017
... looking to the poetry of Yeats and, surprisingly, John Ashbery to elaborate its central philosophical messages. Just as surprisingly, Reckoning with the Imagination uses the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein as an organizing principle, finding in his philosophy of mind and language a set of ideas and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2002) 48 (4): 461–486.
Published: 01 December 2002
... illuminate crucial aspects about each writers philosophy of gender and the role of competitive exchange in constructing their fictions. Because they never met or even wrote to each other, the primary evidence of the regard that Marsden and Joyce held for each other’s work exists in their...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2007) 53 (4): 442–458.
Published: 01 December 2007
... “Sirens” overlooked by much of the Joyce criticism that takes sensuality to be the adversary of a reason it consistently posits as wicked. I propose that the very separation of art (mimesis/sensuality) and philosophy (cognition/ identification) produces the undesirable—that is, crude...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2013) 59 (3): 385–413.
Published: 01 September 2013
... Philosophy” (1951), Wallace Stevens turns to the long and embattled relation between poetry and philosophy not in order to resolve it but, more modestly, “to consider the poetic nature of a few ideas” that give “the imagination sudden life” (Opus 267). The prepa- ration for this essay, which he would...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2008) 54 (2): 166–192.
Published: 01 June 2008
... under the thought of God that “overflows every capacity; the ‘objective reality’ of the cogitatum breaks up the ‘formal reality’ of the cogi- tatio” (“God and Philosophy” 173). What remains of selfhood, for Levinas, is an “assignation in which the nucleus of the subject is uprooted, undone...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2011) 57 (1): 70–85.
Published: 01 March 2011
...–31 May 2006 Even more immediately striking is the architecture of the pages and the challenges this poses for the reader. Most pages consist of initially two, later three, parallel sections: essays in political philosophy, letters, a fictional narrative. Thus “Strong Opinions” starts with...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2013) 59 (1): 157–163.
Published: 01 March 2013
... student to “think anew, feel anew, and know himself anew” (90). Toomer set up his own compound in Wisconsin in the 1930s, using his studies with Gurdjieff and other interests in physical culture as a basis for a philosophy he called “Psychologic” (92). According to Vetter, most Toomer scholars...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2005) 51 (2): vi–ix.
Published: 01 June 2005
... assumptions in Western philosophy that still dominate Barthelme’s aesthetic. Where traditional philosophy puts the desire for knowl­ edge, Blanchot puts the need to respond to the kinds of events that seem to shatter all certainties. And where traditional philoso­ phy depends on idealizing the subject’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2009) 55 (4): 423–444.
Published: 01 December 2009
... disciplines beyond the hard sciences, such as philosophy, anthropology, and psychology, were taking up Darwinian theory, while journalists and popularizers pumped out one best seller after another claiming to explain all manner of phenomena in terms of evolution by natural selection. In the public...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 392–410.
Published: 01 September 2015
... human. According to Rosi Braidotti, “the common denominator for the posthuman condition is an assumption about the vital … structure of living matter itself” (2013, 2). Braidotti’s vital materialism grows out of Spinoza’s one-substance philosophy, “a monistic philosophy, which rejects dualism, … and...