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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (3): 293–316.
Published: 01 September 2021
... the changing practices of Japanese incarceration as different forms of racial subjection linked to the (re)formation of racial subjectivity. Hence, Citizen ’s seemingly progressive narrative trajectory belies an ambivalent development in which the contradiction of racialized citizenship gets remediated...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (3): 235–268.
Published: 01 September 2021
..., however, this rarified relationship was grounded in and served to reinforce racial hierarchy. Even as the discipline turns away from the cultural elitism associated with New Criticism, Ransom’s understanding of the literary object as natural and thus subject to disciplinary study continues to inform...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (1): 75–100.
Published: 01 March 2022
... with topics like racialized obsession, the role of community in a black artist’s self-concept, and the best avenues for interracial solidarity across planes of difference. Understanding mature women’s legitimacy as sexual subjects and the persistence of queer loneliness (despite class and race privilege) also...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (2): 145–174.
Published: 01 June 2009
... of difference is underwritten by a visual economy that reads these social relations onto the body of the racialized subject and then projects this exterior distinc- tion onto the interior of that subject as the very grounds of that subject’s identity. It is this double displacement embedded in the logic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 147–156.
Published: 01 March 2020
... of comparison; matching shapes repeat, even as they fail. Park illuminates both the aesthetic potential and the limits of repetition. Like Tang, Park neither turns away from nor seeks to resolve the deep ambivalences that define the racially triangulated Asian American subject; instead, with her eye firmly...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (3): 295–316.
Published: 01 September 2018
.... No dark ghost thrusts its leg against mine in bed” ( [1928] 1995 , 827). The surety of her performance as a racialized subject produces affective indeterminacy in Hurston’s white beholders, leaving them unsure “whether to laugh or to weep” in response to what they must bear witness to. The easy...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (2): 168–195.
Published: 01 June 2010
... and brutality that are omitted from the white electorate’s visual horizon. As a racialized subject, he is constantly surveyed by the apartheid state; his movements are curtailed by its socioeconomic structures and pass laws, and he is always susceptible to the threat of police violence. Within...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (4): 445–484.
Published: 01 December 2009
... specific behaviors, habits, and preferences, some of which correlate with vying racial, sexual, and class interests. The conflicts she depicts are subject concurrently to social and biological definition.6 Racial groupings and class pecking orders divide the human species not just into social identi...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (2): 341–348.
Published: 01 June 2012
... the feminine that canonical, modernist texts subsequently displace onto “the socially vulnerable: women, effeminate men, and racial minorities” (5). In an important move, Forter suggests that this displaced anger bears a racial component, arguing that these authors conflated the racial other...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (1): 1–19.
Published: 01 March 2000
... in the positions of dominator and dominated, illuminating subject-object relations along axes both psycho­ logical and social. This is a dialectic; insofar as it is trained on the particular American history of racial oppression in the South, it is a dialectic working within an African American matrix...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 60–89.
Published: 01 March 2012
... between commerce and the subjectivities it “fashions,” at- tending to how consumer culture’s contradictory imperatives impact women’s economic status, sexual lives, and social and racial identities. Charity almost seems to turn her back on such imperatives when she returns to the hotel without new...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 343–368.
Published: 01 December 2019
..., “Women responding to racism means women responding to anger; the anger of exclusion, of unquestioned privilege, of racial distortions, of silence, ill-use, stereotyping, defensiveness, misnaming, betrayal, and co-optation.” As a black woman, Williams’s personhood and position is routinely subject...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (1): 157–163.
Published: 01 March 2013
... writers to navigate new bodily experiences, particularly the vulnerability of the body to penetration by technologies. Many scholars of modernism have postulated a crisis of the body, but Vetter’s approach is new in its emphasis on women writers and writers from racialized mi- norities—groups...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 217–236.
Published: 01 September 2019
...” poem—“inhale,” “take,” “fetch”—he is not himself the subject of these actions, which remain removed and abstracted. The abandonments rehearsed in the revision of “to whom” to “to which” to “near which” describe his own dispossession from being. For the poet, poisonous racial imagery is thus valuable...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (2): 153–181.
Published: 01 June 2007
... a “desire for whiteness,” Thompson’s Gatsby is threatening to the worldview with which the text allies itself (85). Along with the attempt at class passing, the novel’s subversive subject is the paradoxical phenomenon of racial pass­ ing, the racial masquerade implicit to many black people’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (2): 269–278.
Published: 01 June 2009
...John C. Charles Once You Go Black: Choice, Desire, and the Black American Intellectual , by Reid-Pharr Robert , New York : New York University Press , 2007 . 208 pages. © 2015 by Hofstra University 2009 Review Desire, Agency, and Black American Subjectivity Once You Go...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (1): 96–105.
Published: 01 March 2006
... of the British empire. She uses her proficiency to show how most postcolonial theorists, despite their interest in racialized discourse and its effects on imperial policy and practice, have omitted from their various paradigms an exploration of World War II and the racialized, eugenics-based discourse...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (2): 197–221.
Published: 01 June 2014
... not so much to always add new layers of interpretation onto what we know as we are to strip away as best we can the official interpretations that prevent us from undergoing a fresh experience with our subject. ––Charles Johnson, “Lessons” Martin...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 359–384.
Published: 01 December 2021
...-scripting of movement as a site for becoming a subject,” painting her as fundamentally in control—a feminist heroine for her age. 14 Nella Larsen (1927) professed the same racial ambivalence as her protagonist, writing in a letter to Dorothy Peterson, “Right now when I look out into the Harlem...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (1): 22–41.
Published: 01 March 2006
...Anthony Dawahare Copyright © Hofstra University 2006 The Gold Standard of Racial Identity in Nella Larsen s Quicksand and Passing Anthony Dawahare Gold? yellow, glittering, precious gold? Thus much of this will make black white, foul fair, Wrong right, base noble, old...