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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (1): 118–127.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Julia Daniel Ritual and the Idea of Europe in Interwar Writing by Query Patrick R. , Farnham : Ashgate Press , 2012 . 257 pages. © 2015 by Hofstra University 2015 In September 2011, José Tomás appeared before a packed audience for the final fight in Barcelona’s iconic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 147–172.
Published: 01 June 2015
... Cadillac on a US senator’s lawn to protest the senator’s racist pronouncements, I argue that Ellison adopts expressive strategies of black vernacular culture—the ritual of the dozens and African American automotive consumption—to explicate a singular conception of literary commitment, one that seeks...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 449–482.
Published: 01 December 2018
... unfolding without design, nineteenth- and twentieth-century interpretations of natural history continued to cast the saga of human origins as a divine comedy whose telos was man. Likewise, in the final quarter of the nineteenth century, the new field of anthropology claimed to discover a redemptive ritual...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 359–364.
Published: 01 September 2017
... struggling for” (6). “Corpses, unable to say what they need from us, are nevertheless eloquent in their need” (7). “The modernized dead were financially expensive but ritually cheap” (8). “Because in modernity every corpse is always already to some degree abandoned, on the verge of public meaninglessness...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 493–529.
Published: 01 December 2010
.... For Burroughs’s texts do not only iden- 494 The Autobiographical Ploy in William S. Burroughs’s Early Work tify confession as a process of submission rather than liberation; his work locates the ritual of confession at the foundation of Cold War America’s surveillance of the populace. In this light...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (4): 393–426.
Published: 01 December 2002
... relationship. For Cather, the tour­ ist gaze—as a modern form of ritual that restores the relation between landscape, aesthetic value, and cultural heritage—could heal the alien­ ation from the land that Americans had suffered through the dominance of speculators, who treated land as a commodity.3...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (4): 694–701.
Published: 01 December 2012
... Chalfa Ruyter vides a summary of each chapter’s contents. In “Gendered Identity and Embodiment” she focuses on gender issues in relation to the performance practices of Delsarteans, Duncan, and others; and in “Biblical Typology and Classical Ritual” she discusses Dante Alighieri, Elizabeth...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (3): 347–351.
Published: 01 September 2006
... classic, Venus in Furs, as a prototype of liter­ ary masochism, along with Deleuze’s characterization of the masochistic universe (as opposed to the Sadean) as one of contracts, fetishism, and ritualized behavior. Right away, though, he comes up against an obstacle: “Hemingway’s work contains...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): 210–243.
Published: 01 June 2005
... is able to chart Humbert’s movements through time and space as a lifelong ritual of de­ votion. Humbert crosses Europe, the Atlantic, and America on an unholy quest for his child ideal. Both the comedy and the pathos of Lolita come from Nabokov’s treatment of that pilgrimage. In its interwoven...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (3): 410–417.
Published: 01 September 2008
... business partner after his business declines due to foreign competition. The story ends with the surprising revelation that the father does not believe his partner’s suicide to have been a necessary response to his business fadings, thus toying with the (Western) reader’s desire to imagine ritual...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (1): 32–55.
Published: 01 March 2016
... of four drug pushers from Amsterdam—Scorpion, Tundra, Totem, and Tiger—who had appeared earlier on in relation to Ktazob. In a somewhat unclear order, Cobra is initiated into their gang, there is a raid, various rituals are performed, Cobra dies and is reborn (perhaps), they smuggle drugs through cracked...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 117–140.
Published: 01 March 2012
... suspension of “hurt” operates in situations defined by anomic possibilities for doing “anything”; in this, he paradoxically gestures towards how spaces of safety might be imagined. Finally, I revisit Fredric Jameson’s study “The Synop- tic Chandler” to address Himes’s episodic reiteration of ritual...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (4): 379–402.
Published: 01 December 2016
... in her time in Paris, Hermione has a religiously coded experience in the Louvre that raises questions about the relationship between the individual and the histories of art exhibited in museum galleries. Initially she expresses alienation from the cultural ritual of museum-going as she encounters...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (1): 1–21.
Published: 01 March 2006
..., he longs to purify himself, to wash away the feelings of uncleanliness and guilt that come with the recognition of his own com­ plicity. He wonders if Colonel Joll “has a private ritual of purification” that allows him to exist in “clean” society after committing unclean acts, and he imagines...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 483–503.
Published: 01 December 2018
... as its formal transformation into symbolic rituals of memorialization, forcing a disturbance that penetrates and lingers in the bodies of readers, without resolution or comprehension. Although it is beautiful, Delbo’s work is also stained with abjection, the reminder of what will always evade...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (3): 287–317.
Published: 01 September 2010
... evidence, satisfying a need for ritual in a culture where evidence is ritual. Can’t a man die? As a performative space for the reiteration of historical facts, Libra treads between respecting the innocence of facts and attempting to make them meaningful. It provides a “refuge,” salvaging...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (1): 67–73.
Published: 01 March 2007
... to be associated with death because it was customary for the bereaved family to devote a portion of each day of their week-long mourning to studying Jewish texts, a daily ritual that would conclude in the standard way of all prayer assemblages, with the recitation of the kaddish. Jewish...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (1): 96–103.
Published: 01 March 2016
... of considerable significance among these previously unpublished texts, which Brooker offers as one of the most important (I xxxix), is “The Interpretation of Primitive Ritual,” read before Josiah Royce’s seminar on December 9, 1913 (106). The paper shows the early influence of Émile Durkheim and Lucien Lévy-Bruhl...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (2): 341–348.
Published: 01 June 2012
... of the racial anxieties at play in Gatsby seems a bit tangential. Subsequent chapters, however, work to buttress his connection between a lost access to femininity and the racial other. In his second chapter, “Redeeming Violence in The Sun Also Rises: Phallic Embodiment, Primitive Ritual, Fetishistic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (3): 414–422.
Published: 01 September 2014
... wife, the children’s mother, does not simply, Widiss writes, flout “the social decorum of mourning rituals and the emotional well-being of his offspring”; it also disrupts the “conventions of linguistic usage.” Here the build-up reminds us that we’re in literary critical terri- tory, where...