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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 217–236.
Published: 01 September 2019
... created by the language with which that difference is enforced. Copyright © Hofstra University 2019 poetry race racial imaginary racism In a personal essay confronting her poetic inheritance, wrestling again with the “master” of her youth and his “old, racist configurations,” Adrienne...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 343–368.
Published: 01 December 2019
... to obedience, and sponsors a cruel optimism: In any case, it is difficult not to think that if Serena lost context by abandoning all rules of civility, it could be because her body, trapped in a racial imaginary, trapped in disbelief—code for being black in America—is being governed not by the tennis match...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (1): 71–91.
Published: 01 March 2010
... “Negress.”  When the “cannibal sun” shines on both West Africa and Fleet Street, “she still feels / The great gold planet tease her brain” (lines 213–14). In the 84 Imaginary Africa and London’s Wasteland in Sitwell’s “Gold Coast Customs” racialized logic of the poem, Dorothy, a black...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 1–22.
Published: 01 March 2019
... decline for the consolidation of postsocialist diasporas in the United States and for the constitution and maintenance of US Cold War imaginaries, which continue to inform US policy making to this day. The new cultural productions show how experiences of (post)socialism have helped shape new transnational...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 178–186.
Published: 01 March 2012
.... Tracking the way the cattle killing has resurfaced in multiple anti-colonial moments, Wenzel explores how the event enters a Southern African and transnational global imaginary. She is interested not in the failure of the prophecy but in the persistence of its prophetic vision, in its afterlives...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 147–172.
Published: 01 June 2015
... the Joe Cah as conjuring the violence of the 1960s and positioning the militancy of black radicalism as a consequence of the political system Sunraider represents. For Butler, the men in the Joe Cah are “nihilists intent on senseless violence” and the car symbolizes “the kind of racially divisive and self...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 473–479.
Published: 01 December 2019
... with visual and aural media in an effort to humanize his black subjects, whether in life or death. In the introduction, Edwards explains how modernity’s media, chief among which are the photographic image and phonographic sound, served to rupture notions of finality and death in the modernist imaginary...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (1): 114–124.
Published: 01 March 2009
...-genre comparison with Douglas Sirk’s racial melodramas. Further chapters on recent Asian and Hispanic American writing revisit old immigration narratives with a new emphasis on hybridity. Thus the study in its effort to explore examples of hybrid American culture succeeds on the micro level...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 191–216.
Published: 01 September 2019
... slavery, Jim Crow, and the Nazi Holocaust. The article demonstrates how the novel’s unconventional and controversial emplotment allows Williams to create a distinctive historical critique not only of slavery and the Holocaust but, more broadly, of otherization, racialized violence, and modernity itself...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (4): 391–412.
Published: 01 December 2006
...; as The Seminar of Jacques Lacan Book 1 has it, the “exact equivalence of the object and the ego-ideal in the love relationship is one of the most fundamental notions of Freud’s work” (126). O n the imaginary level, the ego, constructed of impossible ideals, projects those images on some loved...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (1): 83–104.
Published: 01 March 2023
..., Indo-Caribbeans, and other human and nonhuman inhabitants—Gopinath examines how certain racialized characters have trouble reproducing the normalized household purveyed by the white colonizers, and how certain female or queer characters unsettle the heteronormative model of home itself. Though...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (4): 405–433.
Published: 01 December 2000
..., embracing such diverse manifestations as religious funda­ mentalism, Nazism, and other forms of “radical desperation” (Quinby 4- 5). Thus, I consider both real and imaginary diseases, focusing on the nar­ rative construction of the contagious body rather than on the precise epi­ demiology...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (3): 409–415.
Published: 01 September 2009
... vision that he appeared willing to die for. But McCann argues that Whitman’s attitude was an exception rather than the rule in the nineteenth century, when the political imaginary centered more on Congress than the president. For ongoing executive fantasy, McCann turns to the twentieth century...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 307–342.
Published: 01 December 2019
... to reclaim and give voice to the lived experience of racial and economic domination commonly omitted from the official annals of American history and culture. Similarly, in Under the Feet of Jesus Viramontes attends to various social and political acts of haunting, turning to the richly allegorical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (4): 405–430.
Published: 01 December 2020
... in racial and cultural distinctions in the wake of modernity. 16 Sympathy for a collective national imaginary, that is, could be a strategy against the perceived homogenization of cultures. While West thus denigrates postimperial Yugoslavia’s hybrid racial and cultural styles, she does so typically only...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (2): 153–181.
Published: 01 June 2007
...”: he does not have an ac­ ceptable pedigree, and winning Daisy (in the nativist imaginary) requires that he have one. Only rewriting the (racialized) past—precisely what Gatsby cannot do through (economically) transformative agency—could “retroactively make him someone who could be ‘married...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (2): 247–254.
Published: 01 June 2008
... national, racial, and cul­ tural divides to show how they shape literature’s response to marginalized existence. Dividing his study into three sections—“American Dialogues,” “European and African Cultural Visions,” and “Eastern and African American”—Hakutani explores the literary culture...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (4): 702–708.
Published: 01 December 2012
... cultural imaginary are steadfast images of normative male identities that have perpetuated and reinforced the rugged masculinity and illusion of im- penetrability that define the U.S. in particular and the West in general. Yet, too often in histories of literature, its authors, and its associated...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 20–33.
Published: 01 March 2011
..., in John’s view, are but three: Paris, Lon- don and Vienna, “the places where life can be lived at its fullest intensity” (141). The movement from periphery to center also, of course, describes the colonial subject’s desire, and his or her need to make contact with an imaginary origin or essence.4...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (2): 213–237.
Published: 01 June 2012
... can remain seeped in the bourgeois imaginary and reinforce class hegemony. Emphasizing the material reality underlying domestic service rep- resentations, I illuminate how the Female Gothic’s figurative patterns of surrogacy and non-normative sociality are tethered to the domestic wage...