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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2017) 63 (4): 451–474.
Published: 01 December 2017
... that her reading might be considered a fresh response to the shifty rhetoric of foreign policy and to the plight of her imaginary homeland, Eire, in particular. The essay centers on Moore’s rendering of “Spenser’s Ireland,” a lyric whose complex textual condition congealed in the aftermath of Pearl...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 21–48.
Published: 01 March 2017
.... This article thus reflects on the political and social responsibilities implied by such poetry’s inscription of history as exemplary cultural memory, with particular attention to transnational connection and environmental justice. Famine memory is inscribed iconographically as “postmemory” (to adapt...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2015) 61 (2): 147–172.
Published: 01 June 2015
...Nathaniel Mills This article challenges long-standing narratives of Ralph Ellison’s response to civil rights-era struggles as one of quietism, conservatism, or apolitical aestheticism. Focusing on a key episode early in Ellison’s Three Days before the Shooting …, in which a jazz musician burns his...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2015) 61 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Danielle Christmas In William Styron’s Sophie’s Choice and The Confessions of Nat Turner , and the responses to his novels, two contrasting discourses emerge: a commitment to the idea that histories of slavery and the Holocaust can be explained by economic motives, on one hand, and, on the other, a...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2016) 62 (3): 289–308.
Published: 01 September 2016
... postmodern relationship between the author and his or her characters. Such a newly envisioned dynamic has been understood as fiction’s response to the theoretical debate about the so-called death of the author and, more broadly, to the posthumanist discourse on the dissolution of the liberal-humanist subject...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 75–93.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Jessica Kent James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room participates in a cross-racial call and response with Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises , illuminating both shared cultural influences and differences of race and sexuality. David’s struggle between the social force of compulsory heterosexuality and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2018) 64 (4): 449–482.
Published: 01 December 2018
... aesthetics of the momentary as responses to Darwinism and expressions of her tragic philosophy: characters’ short-lived “moments of being” stand in insoluble conflict with the expansive time of natural history. Copyright © 2018 Hofstra University 2018 British novel Friedrich Nietzsche modernism...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2018) 64 (2): 223–246.
Published: 01 June 2018
... the most resonant poetic responses to World War I. Recent criticism of Spectrism understandably tends to emphasize the hoax aspects of this fascinating episode in modernist history, focusing for example on the performance of identity. Yet Bynner himself stated his genuine affirmation of the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2008) 54 (2): 166–192.
Published: 01 June 2008
... performative: the “Here I am” names a self at risk of fading in its response to a call, and a self falling into danger if it succeeds. While the cogito names a self transparently present to itself—a “coincidence of thought and being in the act of self-consciousness” (Zizek 15)—the “Here I am” is...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2010) 56 (2): 168–195.
Published: 01 June 2010
... states of emergency, she at- tempts, from what Coetzee in interviews has characterized as a “histori- cally untenable position” (“Autobiography” 250), to account for herself and offer a response to a historical juncture that demands violent justice. Most famously, Michael Marais and Derek...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2013) 59 (1): 79–103.
Published: 01 March 2013
... The opening confession, testifying that the text that follows is a record of a confession authored by Razumov, is paradoxical in its form, however. The narrator’s signature, a gesture of responsibility before the law, also refuses responsibility before the law. The English narrator performs...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2010) 56 (4): 551–558.
Published: 01 December 2010
... sociopolitical ethic of responsibility toward the neighbor. An addition to Stanford University Press’s “The Cultural Lives of Law” series, edited by Austin Sarat, The Affective Life of Law offers a rich, gratifying account of narrative literature’s many bearings on law as a formal practice and cultural...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2012) 58 (3): 377–398.
Published: 01 September 2012
... mathematical equations. The early work of Carol Gilligan responds to the masculine bias in ethical theory by presenting an alternative discourse of care and responsibility that regards human dependence—not independence—as fundamental and inevitable. As Martha Fineman explains, “our society mythologizes...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2011) 57 (1): 54–69.
Published: 01 March 2011
... rhetoric of hospitality. Of Hospitality is itself, in its published form, a rhetorical engagement with the question of hospitality. Anne Dufourmantelle‘s response to Der- rida’s text works around the ideas Derrida raises, around the occlusions that a text by a single author must necessarily make...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2005) 51 (2): vi–ix.
Published: 01 June 2005
... knowledge basic to traditional aesthetics, the alternative perspective imagines the mind aware of how the disaster it con­ fronts “calls for response without models, without maps, without the possibility of regaining a privileged subjective control” (135). Knowledge becomes something like...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 287–304.
Published: 01 September 2015
..., his instinctive or trained will for survival? (2009, 240). The response of Lawrence’s speaker is actually, at least initially, to undercut this potentially violent scene of opposition between human and beast: But must I confess how I liked him, How glad I was he had come like a guest in quiet...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2004) 50 (4): 436–439.
Published: 01 December 2004
...Feng Lan The Modernist Response to Chinese Art , by Qian Zhaoming , Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press , 2003 . 274 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2004 American Poetry and Chinese Art: New Perspectives on a Cross-Cultural Relationship The Modernist...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2012) 58 (2): 341–348.
Published: 01 June 2012
... opportunity for a politically progressive response to these losses. This has in turn made a melancholic aesthetic almost a prerequisite for canonization, on the assumption that any attempt at mourning the losses of capitalist modernity betrays a capitulation to the sentimental while a melancholic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2018) 64 (2): 129–160.
Published: 01 June 2018
... possible answer at the close of the novel, when Maxim, Nancy, and Laskell are confronted by a real-life Billy. When Duck Caldwell, a local handyman and notorious drunk, strikes and accidentally kills his daughter Susan, following her botched poetry recital, Maxim finds him fully responsible, while Nancy...