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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (4): 521–527.
Published: 01 December 2020
...E. C. Koch The Moral Worlds of Contemporary Realism , by Holland Mary K. . New York : Bloomsbury , 2020 . 288 pages. Copyright © 2020 Hofstra University 2020 Early in her compelling first book, Succeeding Postmodernism (2014) , Mary K. Holland posited a new conception...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 139–162.
Published: 01 June 2021
... problematic through its handling of history and time. Examining this struggle in Lessing’s writing can shed light on how the interplay of space and time informs the intertwined histories of realism and modernism in twentieth-century fiction, and on how Lessing’s work contributes to current debates about...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (4): 474–481.
Published: 01 December 2006
...Phillip Barrish Conscience and Purpose: Fiction and Social Consciousness in Howells, Jewett, Chesnutt, and Cather , by Petrie Paul R. , Tuscaloosa : University o f Alabama Press , 2005 . 256 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2006 m Reviews Literary Realism and Social...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (4): 460–483.
Published: 01 December 2015
... in A World of Love , a late modern picturesque interrupts the romantic emplotment of Ireland’s entry into global capitalist networks. Copyright © Hofstra University 2015 Irish history Irish culture landscape in literature late modernism picturesque realism twentieth century Elizabeth...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 364–371.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Madhu Dubey 2011 Madhu Dubey Post-Postmodern Realism? Madhu Dubey In his 1989 manifesto for “the new social novel,”  Tom Wolfe com- plained that contemporary American novelists were failing to take on the pressing social issues of their time. Since the 1960s—in other words...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (4): 582–605.
Published: 01 December 2012
...Regina Martin Copyright © Hofstra University 2012 Regina Martin The Drama of Gender and Genre in Edith Wharton’s Realism Regina Martin Edith Wharton’s depiction of the socially ambitious Undine Spragg’s peregrinations through New York and French “society” suggests...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 305–332.
Published: 01 September 2020
...Brian Gingrich This article locates the place of Willa Cather’s work in literary history by revealing its relation to a central tradition of aesthetics. If at times her work has seemed to waver between romanticism and realism, if today it seems destined to be associated with modernism, yet another...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (2): 269–276.
Published: 01 June 2010
... Press, 2009. 432 pages Alison Shonkwiler What constitutes middle-class fiction? Is it subject matter? A degree of realism or attention to detail? Or can it be defined simply by identify- ing which novels middle-class readers read? Presumably a case could be made, following the historical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (1): 1–26.
Published: 01 March 2014
... as a destructively recursive process. 2 The Historical Novel at History’s End:  Virginia Woolf’s The Years Late modernism, realism, and the historical novel How might the shape and mediating powers of the historical novel alter during a decade as troubled as the 1930s? As so many have already pointed...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 86–104.
Published: 01 March 2011
... with Being, are its final work. (566) We read at the start of Elizabeth Costello, after a brief description of the eponymous character’s attire and appearance: “the blue costume, the greasy hair, are details, signs of a moderate realism. Supply the particulars, allow the significations...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (4): 528–534.
Published: 01 December 2015
... by attending to a specific kind of novel: the sort of narrative that came to be labeled “magical realism.” Siskind offers a lucid genealogy of the term as it has been deployed in relation to Latin American fiction, paying particular attention to three landmark works: Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 423–446.
Published: 01 December 2011
... to be celebrated as indicating a general return to realism as the dominant narrative mode of literary fiction and with it a renewed commitment to representing the emotional lives of real people.3 Yet this cluster of assumptions that stems from the affective hypothesis diminishes the degree to which...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (2): 217–246.
Published: 01 June 2008
... these stories appear so whimsical, slight, or nonserious, eschewing realism, drawing instead on the genre of the fantastic. But this deceptive form, as I will argue here, is precisely what encodes a covert politics, allowing Forster to publish material that addresses homosexual desire and to link...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 233–247.
Published: 01 September 2007
... into high postmodernism— in difficult formal innova­ tion as the defining characteristic o f serious literature (Steiner 427-28). This is not to condemn formally challenging fiction in the name o f some transparent realism, as Tom Wolfe, Dale Peck, and Jonathan Franzen have done,1 but rather...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (3): 379–386.
Published: 01 September 2018
... and rapidity issued in works that to viewers accustomed to realism seemed like scandalously unfinished sketches. The movement famously got its name in 1874 when, during its first group show, the critic Louis Leroy scoffed at Monet’s “Impression: Sunrise,” titling his review in Le Charivari “The Exhibition...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 385–391.
Published: 01 September 2020
... , Futurism , and Acmeism . After problematizing the names on the map, Livak moves to examine defective devices of orientation. Chapter 2, titled “The Errant Compass Rose of Russian Modernist Studies,” deconstructs the main oppositions through which scholars have framed their object of study: realism versus...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 380–390.
Published: 01 December 2011
....1 Realism, naturalism, primitivism, literary modernism, and postmodernism—these are some of the cultural formations where that irony has been fitfully recorded, and their accumulation must give one pause before declaring the arrival of something new. The term I would apply...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (2): 131–163.
Published: 01 June 2003
... and innovation over finely honed realism and writerly discipline. In such a critical climate, Bennett’s best-known novel, The Old Wives’ Tale (1908), will appear to confirm his place on the margins of modernism: the text narrates personal and cultural histories of industrial Staffordshire (the “Five...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 309–336.
Published: 01 September 2016
..., but the Thatcherite rhetoric of the 1980s stands out as one of the most potent impositions of an ideological worldview onto the forms and themes of fictional texts since socialist realism. Thatcherite shifts in discourse have been particularly pronounced in representations of class status. In keeping...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (1): 32–62.
Published: 01 March 2015
... and authority afforded by her status as an African American writer who experienced firsthand Harlem in its heyday, in some instances adapting and revising white perspectives of racial reality. Writers and critics have long theorized that American realism—the literary tradition with which Larsen would have...