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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (2): 245–253.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Samir Dayal The Modernity of Sanskrit , by Sawhney Simona , Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press , 2009 . 213 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2010 Review Reviews The Modern Reader’s Dilemma: Something Old, Something New . . . The Modernity of Sanskrit...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 103–124.
Published: 01 March 2020
... story, part horror story, part detective story—is a riddle that the reader must solve, but that in doing so the reader becomes infected with the same fragmentary force that disembodies the protagonist. As such, the heuristic consequence of the novel is to instruct the reader on the influence of language...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (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 (2020) 66 (1): 125–146.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Korine Powers Beginning with Red Dragon (1981), horror icon Hannibal Lecter thrilled audiences as the ultimate unreadable reader, consuming minds and bodies behind the polished veneer of aristocratic taste and psychological expertise. Yet by the end of the twentieth century, Lecter had shifted from...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 121–144.
Published: 01 March 2019
... Jewish” identity and how it is received by US readers and critics. 2 In answering an interviewer’s question about his choice of English as the language of poetic creation, Kaminsky (2012) said, “It has to do with a language around me, a language I hear in the streets, in crowds, in newspapers, from...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 483–503.
Published: 01 December 2018
... unspeakability of the events, Delbo’s text oscillates between self-consciously aestheticized language and graphic physical representations of abject bodies. The irruptive visceral descriptions confront the reader with automatic, embodied repulsion in order to highlight the gaps in symbolization and the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (3): 515–523.
Published: 01 September 2012
... Virginia Woolf’s Essayism is a valuable, provocative work, both for its theoretical postulates (which, if not wholly convincing to this reader, are highly intriguing) and for its against-the-grain readings of various texts. Ordering the postulates for my own purposes (a readerly project in keeping...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 392–401.
Published: 01 September 2020
... argues, Rhys established a blurred soundscape of unthinking cruelty and fleeting tenderness, in which “bourgeois readers [could] feel as though they are eavesdropping on a voice and tune that both repulses and entices them.” This simultaneous pull of aversion and attraction is central to how Frattarola...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 157–162.
Published: 01 March 2020
...Heather Cass White The Book of Ephraim , by Merrill James . Annotated and introduced by Yenser Stephen . New York : Knopf , 2018 . 203 pages. © 2020 Hofstra University 2020 A good edition of a writer’s work creates its own sense of necessity. If a reader, holding the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (3): 373–377.
Published: 01 September 2005
... Chicago Press, 2003.195 pages Cristanne Miller Rita Felski states early in her introduction to Literature After Feminism that one of her goals is “to talk to readers who may have taken one or more literature classes in college and want to find out how feminism has changed the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (4): 513–518.
Published: 01 December 2017
... method to show how Morrison’s novels’ formal properties work on readers; she demonstrates that the narrative method reflects the conceptualization of love in each novel; and she makes connections between narrative form and African American history. Wyatt is, at base, a psychoanalytic critic, but in this...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 493–529.
Published: 01 December 2010
... appendages and extraneous documents (40). Instead, scholars are beginning to ask not what Burroughs’s extratextual claims are simply about, but rather what his extratextual claims do. By figuring his early work as confessional, Burroughs’s extratextual claims interpellate the unsuspecting reader to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (2): 355–364.
Published: 01 June 2012
... Nabokov and Salman Rushdie as exemplars of transnational literature. While she does not directly cite Stanley Fish’s notion of an interpretive reader,2 she posits a reconfigured version of this notion in order to examine the transnational experience as a primarily fictional and imaginative...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 394–405.
Published: 01 September 2007
... listen to some straight talk about a topic others have overcomplicated.” Zunshine implies that her job is to discuss the simple truth that real readers naturally like good stories. It’s hard to argue w ith her as I w rite this review in the week after the final H arry Potter book was...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (3): 299–305.
Published: 01 September 2019
... of Orhan Pamuk, who, after being awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 2006 for peering “into the melancholic soul of his native city,” 1 was canonized by US academia as one of the iconic authors of world literature. In the introduction, Fisk warns the reader not to expect a monograph on a...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (3): 494–503.
Published: 01 September 2013
...[ticthat is, it has as much of Sherlock in it as it does of Gandalf. Gaining significant 495 Joel Burges traction in the late nineteenth century, this modern form of enchantment is described by Saler as entailing an “as if” mentality for readers of fiction who had become disenchanted with...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (3): 360–365.
Published: 01 September 2006
... that have come from that focus. Readers new to Mark Royden Winchell should be prepared for assessments of Southern literature—and implicitly of the academy it­ self—that will rouse indignation and, most likely, open hostility from many of us who professionally read and write...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (1): 104–109.
Published: 01 March 2016
... responsible for creating that marmoreal image, he had considerable help from the academy in doing so—a story for the anticipated second volume. Calling the protagonist of this narrative “Tom” is Crawford’s device to aid the reader in imagining a boy and a young man who played outdoors, had elderly parents...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (4): 363–392.
Published: 01 December 2002
... impulses of the longing for cultural centrality—“as large and miscellaneous an audience as possible” (Eliot, Prose 94)1—and the desire to write a radical language that stretches or subverts the boundaries of signification and whose inaccessibility to most readers can be claimed as a mark of its...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (2): 232–254.
Published: 01 June 2009
... readers have obligingly emphasized the significance of the organs associated with each episode in Joyce’s schemas.1 Initial reviewers less enchanted with Joyce’s opinions also fo- cused on bodies and somatic responses, describing the novel as “indecent,” “vile,” “scatological,” and “an...