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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2018) 64 (3): 295–316.
Published: 01 September 2018
... company’s members played on her, Hurston focuses on her specific relationship with her employer, “Miss M—,” whose moods swung between being “as playful as a kitten” to displaying “solemn and moody” bouts of feeling, culminating in this erratic scene: Sometimes she could become excessively playful. It was...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2015) 61 (2): 147–172.
Published: 01 June 2015
... racism since the advent of the Freedom Movement: “they couldn’t say we were lazy and dumb and apathetic and all that anymore so they got sophisticated and started to play the dozens with us” ([1966] 1970, 471). The dozens is a black vernacular speech ritual in which participants invent dueling insults...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2010) 56 (3): 287–317.
Published: 01 September 2010
...Shannon Herbert Copyright © Hofstra University 2010 Playing the Historical Record: DeLillo’s Libra and the Kennedy Archive Playing the Historical Record: DeLillo’s Libra and the Kennedy Archive Shannon Herbert The detective novel is the only novel truly invented in the twen...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 167–186.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Oana Popescu-Sandu In her transnational plays Lenin’s Shoe (2010) and Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (2010), Romanian American playwright Saviana Stănescu explores discourses of capitalist market economies, democracy, postsocialism, and gender that overlie the geographies of Central and Eastern...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2015) 61 (2): 232–263.
Published: 01 June 2015
... second chapter, and the placement of Gurnah’s character, Kalasinga, as a Naipaul figure within the novel’s action. Gurnah’s novelistic play dramatizes the tension and concordance between his own generation’s and Naipaul’s postcolonial articulations. Copyright © Hofstra University 2015 East African...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2016) 62 (4): 359–378.
Published: 01 December 2016
... “dark riddles” that compose Bloom’s discursive negotiations, it concludes that Joyce demonstrates the vital role self-narrativizing plays in countering existential isolation, and that his narrative technique is in important ways aligned with Levinas’s conception of an ethics of love. Copyright © Hofstra...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 75–93.
Published: 01 March 2017
... the personal force of individual desire plays out on a broader structural level as Baldwin’s gay plot is drawn toward the magnetically forceful heterosexual love triangle in Hemingway’s tale. Hemingway and Baldwin address gender normativity and sexual inadequacy from a particular American perspective...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2017) 63 (2): 115–140.
Published: 01 June 2017
... published novels, The Hit (1957), The Long Night (1958), and The Grand Parade (1961), as well as some of his essays, plays, and other unpublished work written in the 1960s and 1970s after his move from Harlem to Ghana, I describe an “alternative civil rights literature” not set in the South or primarily...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2017) 63 (3): 299–328.
Published: 01 September 2017
... subversive, scenes of writing. “The Modernist Inkblot” argues for the importance of material privacies to creative process, suggesting that the modernist imagination depends on inky free play. At stake here is modernism’s commitment to materiality—a steadfast attachment to pen, ink, and paper that unsettles...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 25–52.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Jeffrey Lawrence This essay argues that Katherine Anne Porter’s Mexico writings of the 1920s and 1930s played a prominent role in the turn toward a transnational “literature of experience” in the interwar US literary field. Reading the stories “Flowering Judas,” “That Tree,” and “Hacienda...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 121–144.
Published: 01 March 2019
... comparable to the self-exoticizing mechanisms at play in much contemporary Russian American prose fiction, Akhtiorskaya engages the clichés and mythologies of the “Odessa Text” in order to ironically subvert them. In juxtaposing these two authors, the article examines the ongoing construction of a “Russian...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2000) 46 (4): 396–404.
Published: 01 December 2000
.... —Revelation 21.1 hose familiar with Ibsen’s “dramatic epilogue,” as he called his final play, When We Dead, Awaken, may recall in it versions of these images from the Book of Daniel and from Revelation. Though the play is immedi­ atelyT linked to apocalypse through its title, the mind rightly...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2011) 57 (2): vii–xi.
Published: 01 June 2011
... the youngest. John Wayne laughed. “Oh, sons, you’re just engaging in some harmless gender play. Some sexual experimentation. Every boy does this kind of thing. Every man likes to pretend he’s a woman now and again. It’s very healthy.” Wayne sweetly encourages...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2008) 54 (1): 105–114.
Published: 01 March 2008
... Shaw’s dramatic endeavors and gives particular attention to the problems Shaw faced when he attempted to dramatize the life of a prostitute turned madam. Mrs. Warren’s Profession was “precensored” in England by the Examiner of Plays and only reached a limited audience in print form as part...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2003) 49 (4): 520–546.
Published: 01 December 2003
... unproduced plays. —Leona Rust Egan (153) A famous photograph of Eugene O ’Neill shows the playwright at the threshold of his career, gazing calmly seaward from the shore in Provincetown.1 He is wearing the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2017) 63 (4): 499–506.
Published: 01 December 2017
... edited collection, The Cambridge Companion to the Beats (2017), begins by addressing the irony of the book’s existence, given the Beats’ opposition to established authority and hierarchical institutions. Many of the volume’s contributors play up the Beats’ outlaw potency, with the key figures—Kerouac...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2006) 52 (3): 330–346.
Published: 01 September 2006
... investigation of these themes on the stage and what is usually regarded as his first mature play, Mamet thematizes the anxieties that will inform all his future work. In this play about the planning of a never- to-be-committed robbery by junk shop owner Don Dubrow, his “friend and associate” Walter...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2000) 46 (3): 285–310.
Published: 01 September 2000
... signals the continuing vexed status of women in Ireland. Thanks to her appearance in Yeats and Lady Gregory’s play Cathleen Ni Houlihan (1902),2 Cathleen is perhaps predominantly associated today with inciting men to die for Ireland,3 but she has not always demanded sacrifice; and, like Dark...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2004) 50 (2): v–viii.
Published: 01 June 2004
... book called Transnational Modernism: Contact and Travel Zones in the New Modernist Studies. Professor Friedman writes: Judging the Kappel Prize for Twentieth-Century Literature is a great honor that brought home to me forcefully the vital role that journals play on the landscape...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2005) 51 (4): 504–511.
Published: 01 December 2005
... even this score, grappling with Eliot’s failures and successes in this regard. Though the anecdote about the royal family does not appear in his book, Chinitz does tell a more familiar story of Eliot missing the mark with an audience. After a performance of his experimental play Sweeney Agonistes...