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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 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 (1 June 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 (1 September 2017) 63 (3): 359–364.
Published: 01 September 2017
... worth 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2006) 52 (3): 347–351.
Published: 01 September 2006
... Sacher-Masoch’s 1870 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 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 (1 December 2012) 58 (4): 694–701.
Published: 01 December 2012
... Ritual” she discusses Dante Alighieri, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, T. S. Eliot, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Jane Ellen Harrison in relation to that double theme. As one would expect, “Solo Genres” makes reference to various types of solo performance related to Preston’s overall focus; and “Modernist...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2010) 56 (4): 493–529.
Published: 01 December 2010
... against false or misguided accusations. 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2002) 48 (4): 393–426.
Published: 01 December 2002
... organic 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2005) 51 (2): 210–243.
Published: 01 June 2005
... 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 (1 September 2008) 54 (3): 410–417.
Published: 01 September 2008
... desire to imagine ritual suicide as a universally valorized part of Japanese culture. And yet according to Ishiguro, the cultural meaning of suicide is as variable in Japan as in any other country. Against the influx of foreigners, the business partner turned to a traditional Japanese ritual...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2012) 58 (1): 117–140.
Published: 01 March 2012
... episodic reiteration of ritual responses to unsafe spaces: the many “funerals performed” for bodies permanently beyond the perception of hurt. 120 Chester Himes and the Equality of Hurt The audacity of success It is those who are successful, in other words, who are most likely to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2016) 62 (1): 32–55.
Published: 01 March 2016
... is a raid, various rituals are performed, Cobra dies and is reborn (perhaps), they smuggle drugs through cracked Buddhist sculptures, and a guru answers their questions about life; a parody of Columbus’s diary also appears in the text as does a series of prayers/rituals/declamations from an...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2016) 62 (4): 379–402.
Published: 01 December 2016
.... Initially she expresses alienation from the cultural ritual of museum-going as she encounters the figure of the museum docent, prompting Hermione’s distrust of the way museums mediate, regiment, and depersonalize the public’s experience of art. Hermione observes the docent leading a small group of American...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2005) 51 (2): 259–262.
Published: 01 June 2005
... wonderfully imagina­ tive chapter on Seamus Heaney, he charts Heaney’s efforts to “reframe sectarian cultural debates and prevent the battles and stalemates they perpetuate” in the meditations on ritual murder in his bog poems (“The Grauballe Man” among them) and in his reflections on...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2006) 52 (3): 352–359.
Published: 01 September 2006
... the Roman Catholicism that influenced the development of voodoo is rightly considered biblicocentric in the same way that domi­ nant forms of African American Protestantism are. Primary elements of voodoo, including the phenomenon of being “ridden” by a spirit and the ritual consumptions of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2007) 53 (1): 67–73.
Published: 01 March 2007
... Israel’s messianic redemption that came 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2007) 53 (3): 414–420.
Published: 01 September 2007
... 1909—1917', she does not position desire in relation to gendering or sexualities. Jewel Spears Brooker’s “Mimetic Desire and the R eturn to Origins in The Waste Land” contextualizes Eliot’s interest in “origins” w ith con­ temporaneous studies o f religion, myth, ritual, and art by...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2009) 55 (2): 269–278.
Published: 01 June 2009
... unacknowledged, Hickman repeatedly punishes Bliss for the circumstances of his birth by forcing him to participate each week in an elaborate ritual of death and rebirth, where Bliss emerges from a closed coffin in front of stunned congregations, symbolizing the community’s spiritual and racial rebirth...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2010) 56 (2): 277–285.
Published: 01 June 2010
... interprets the ritual cult murders that drive the plot of DeLillo’s novel as a kind of rebellion against Derrida’s notion that all acts of naming violently inscribe unique individuals within a clas- sificatory system that depends on the construction of false identities. But of course the confusion of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2012) 58 (2): 341–348.
Published: 01 June 2012
..., Primitive Ritual, Fetishistic Melancholia,” Forter ac- cords the racial component of modernist melancholia a more central role. He argues, as many others have before, that Hemingway seeks to obtain lost masculinity in the “primitive, ‘premodern’ community” (55) of Spain, which the novel locates...