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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (3): 329–362.
Published: 01 September 2023
...Christopher Conti Efforts to unravel the strands of philosophy and literature in Samuel Beckett’s work have marked each phase of its critical reception. While the archival turn in scholarship has shed valuable light on Beckett’s debts to philosophy, it has also exposed the rift between...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (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 (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 (2022) 68 (2): 179–198.
Published: 01 June 2022
...Justin Prystash This article examines the relationship between British Idealist philosophy and modernist form, particularly the stream of consciousness technique. Idealism was ascendant from the 1870s to the 1920s, and the writer/philosopher May Sinclair participated in its conceptual discourse...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 163–190.
Published: 01 June 2021
... vitalist philosophy, Barnes produces a “morbid vitalism,” exemplified by Dr. Matthew O’Connor, by which life and death are conceived as variant expressions of a single force, and the subject is modeled as an assemblage of affects, impersonal but inherently social, that can be understood primarily through...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (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 (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 (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 (2023) 69 (1): 1–28.
Published: 01 March 2023
... of transient sociability from language philosophy, urban sociology, and modernist studies. christopherpmiller@gmail.com © 2023 Hofstra University 2023 Charlie Chaplin language philosophy lyric studies modernism urban sociology We make our meek adjustments, Contented with such random...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (4): 405–436.
Published: 01 December 2023
..., envisioning a world in which Dasein no longer takes center stage. Through an analysis of the Heideggerian grammar of care and its resonances in Kafka and Blanchot, this article offers a new appraisal of an influential concept in twentieth-century European philosophy and literature. 13...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 237–260.
Published: 01 September 2019
... analytic philosophy existentialism New Criticism Copyright © Hofstra University 2019 Evaluating the institutional stakes of O’Connor’s story involves considering the history of the deepening rift between American academic philosophy and the philosophical ideas that enjoyed cultural capital...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 101–110.
Published: 01 March 2018
... formally studying philosophy at Cambridge—and 1951—the year he died. The introduction helpfully identifies “transformation” as among the volume’s key concepts, but in context the term tends to be synonymous with “self-transformation” (3) rather than evoking the major economic and social shifts...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (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 looming nuclear...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 511–517.
Published: 01 December 2018
... is not talking of negativity, negation, or nihilism: by pursuing the question of nothing and of its inscription in twentieth-century textualities, she immediately positions her discussion in one specific theoretical camp, Heideggerian philosophy and Derridean deconstruction, marginally filtered through...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (3): 385–413.
Published: 01 September 2013
... of 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 (2023) 69 (3): 363–371.
Published: 01 September 2023
... relations with philosophy of mind in the case of Day. And insofar as both Armstrong and Day take up the issue of reductionism, I think Fodor’s framework is appropriate for thinking about the strengths and drawbacks of each book. For that reason I will not be offering chapter-by-chapter breakdowns. Instead...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (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 (2002) 48 (4): 461–486.
Published: 01 December 2002
... 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 intertextual...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 365–369.
Published: 01 September 2017
... by 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (2): 166–192.
Published: 01 June 2008
... 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, an I torn from the concept...