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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 352–372.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Jeff Wallace This article stages a process of self-conscious critical assessment and reassessment around the proposition that Samuel Beckett’s 1938 Murphy is a novel intimately concerned with peace. Building on the pacifistic orientation of the posthumanist intellectual projects of Michel Serres...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2015) 61 (4): 436–459.
Published: 01 December 2015
... how the poem unites the key elements of danse macabre —skeletal imagery, musical procession, grisly humor—with apprehensions of the absent mother, an approach founded upon but aesthetically distinct from original symboliste works such as Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal , or the work of American...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2016) 62 (4): 403–428.
Published: 01 December 2016
...Daniel Aureliano Newman This essay links anachrony in Aldous Huxley’s bildungsroman Eyeless in Gaza to the biological phenomenon of heterochrony (changes in the schedule and tempo of developmental processes, resulting in evolutionary novelty). Highlighting implicit correspondences between Bildung...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2016) 62 (3): 289–308.
Published: 01 September 2016
... undifferentiated narrative plane where the author figure is recreated as a fictional character in the process of becoming. The disappearance of the first allows for the resurrection of the latter. Copyright © Hofstra University 2016 death of the author modernism J. M. Coetzee John Fowles Karin Fossum...
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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 September 2017) 63 (3): 329–358.
Published: 01 September 2017
... something more ongoing. Tying Invisible Man ’s contentious ending to this conversation allows us to glimpse the shared, complex value of the anonymous narrator’s underground circumstances and Ellison’s creative process. Copyright © 2017 Hofstra University 2017 composition Invisible Man novel...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 167–186.
Published: 01 March 2019
... (post)socialist histories—counters the idea that postsocialism, and especially postsocialist feminism, has remained invisible in the West, where Eastern Europe is assumed to be in the process of becoming like the West rather than representing an inherently different space, with its own set of (post...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2018) 64 (2): 191–222.
Published: 01 June 2018
... poems illuminate the historically consequential processes by which a poet is called to her subject, and by which her poetry in turn solicits the reader’s attention. Bishop invokes the imperial violence of her time to suggest that poetic description—and the reader’s collaborative concentration—engage our...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2018) 64 (3): 317–346.
Published: 01 September 2018
... the tropes of espionage, figuring feminism as a secret agency whose plot against the patriarchal “procession” emerges through forms of public discourse—sometimes openly and sometimes clandestinely “between the lines.” From this perspective, Woolf anticipates current debates over whistle-blowing and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2011) 57 (2): 255–263.
Published: 01 June 2011
... look at the disembodied and interpenetrating voices comprising The Waves, or the dislocated and unknowable depths intimated in Heart of Darkness, we find a widespread skepticism directed toward the self. Terms such as flux, process, absence, and indeterminacy come to replace stability, essence...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2009) 55 (4): 624–628.
Published: 01 December 2009
... rethink modern genet- ics—not as a series of laboratory breakthroughs (Mendel’s peas, Morgan’s mutant fruit flies), but as a “science of record keeping,” or better, a mode of “information processing” enabled by the material transformations and technologies of late nineteenth- and early twentieth...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2005) 51 (2): 142–178.
Published: 01 June 2005
... muddle. We, in brilliant contrast, are completely organized structures, squirming with information at every covalent bond. (141)4 Merrill aligns transformative metaphoric processes with those biologi­ cal forces that resist dissolution by elaborating complexity, and he...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2017) 63 (3): 370–375.
Published: 01 September 2017
... of literature means but rather how it works (9). According to Wasser, many of the irreconcilable oppositions that characterize literature today are due to the fact that literature can be thought of as either aesthetic or intellectual, a process or a product, a creation or a technique (16). She...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2018) 64 (2): 259–264.
Published: 01 June 2018
... had long ago entered the English studies curriculum, and its main idea had been widely discussed, critically processed, and transformed to better suit the needs of contemporary postcolonial studies and world literature. Yet Mufti suggests that it “remains still a strangely misunderstood and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2004) 50 (1): 59–87.
Published: 01 March 2004
... rather to suggest that it is skeptical, knowing, and inquisi­ tive about the status of these and about the processes by which they are established and understood. Since Hutcheon’s Narcissistic Narrative mainly concerns fiction, many of her examples and conclusions derive from a comparison of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2004) 50 (3): 268–282.
Published: 01 September 2004
... compares the simplest of his accomplishments— the cap­ ture of a new beetle— to the publication of a poem. Taking my cue from this remark, I would like to compare the pattern underpinning Darwin’s work to Elizabeth Bishop’s characteristic process of epiphany. The idea is originally Bishop’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2009) 55 (4): 618–623.
Published: 01 December 2009
... Bruce Clarke New York: Fordham University Press, 2008. 242 pages Colin Milburn The posthuman evolves—virtually by definition. Transformations, modi- fications, and processes of becoming are vital functions for many diverse species of posthumanist discourse that try to imagine the beyond of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2000) 46 (3): 328–345.
Published: 01 September 2000
... accumulation, in all its elusive and terrifying abstraction, as a total process.4 Here Forster’s negotiation between money and morality takes place through the narrative’s persistent attention to the physical objects of everyday life. As concrete objects cluster around...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2018) 64 (4): 483–503.
Published: 01 December 2018
... impersonal process of meaning-making that enables mourning but does not do justice to the horrific reality of collective and personal trauma. At the same time, characterizing trauma as fundamentally unrepresentable itself poses ethical problems, seeming to consign the silent, inaccessible wound to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2013) 59 (3): 520–527.
Published: 01 September 2013
... circles back in order to demonstrate the many narrative loops running through such a complex institution. His formal recursivity pays off. Each chapter demonstrates how the particularities of a given approach both feed into and strain against the processes of incorporation and consolidation at...