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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 232–263.
Published: 01 June 2015
... so, it also engages with a complex of intertexts ranging from the Qur’anic and biblical versions of the Yusuf/Joseph story to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness . This essay adds V. S. Naipaul’s A Bend in the River to this mix by reading Gurnah’s historical attentiveness as an overwriting of Naipaul’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (2): 163–184.
Published: 01 June 2020
... but, rather, a painful process of self-negation. Traversing a world profoundly shaped by colonialism, the writer and his characters are at a loss to make sense of their historical lineage and their place in a rapidly changing landscape. Through a reading of The Loss of El Dorado (1969) and A Bend in the River...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (1): 36–57.
Published: 01 March 2009
..., an equation between “conditions of consciousness” and the “conditions of erosion in which we five and think” (15) and notes that often in the poems “an apparent narrowing into limits allows for a sense of expansion” (23), just as a river carving a narrow channel through rock forms the expanse...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (1): 72–91.
Published: 01 March 2001
.... — Robert Graves (287) terrain is what remains in the dreaming part of your mind. — Ernest Hemingway, Across the River and into the Trees (92) P a u l Fussell argues that World War I was an inescapable part of post­ war poetry. For instance, he says that Eliots...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (4): 429–447.
Published: 01 December 2016
... to let any female presence be overshadowed” (quoted in Elsayed 2013 , 93). By coupling Djebar’s complex portrayal of pervasive torture with Barker’s representation of the historical figure Dr. Rivers, and his inquiry into the causes of soldiers’ mutism, I here explore the relationship between...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (1): 92–113.
Published: 01 March 2001
... basin (68-69). Later, wounded by shrapnel at the Piave River (276), he identified with the Indian woman being held down for penetration by the steel of his father’s knife. The Caesarian had to be severely dam­ aging, intensifying his natural fear of castration. Followed immediately...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (1): 31–46.
Published: 01 March 2008
... contaminate rivers that, in turn, pollute the oceans out of which the clouds that produce fresh water are created. Joyce connects the two degenerating cycles through Anna Livia Plurabelle (ALP), an Eve-like figure who is presented as being both a progenitor and the Liffey, the river that washes...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (1): 100–115.
Published: 01 March 2002
..., sandwich papers / Silk handkerchiefs, cardboard boxes, cigarette ends” (36), it “sweats / Oil and tar” (39), “The river’s tent is broken” (36), the “nymphs are departed” (36).The tent—interpreted as either sup­ porting framework or dilating absorbent—fails to provide the city...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (1): 34–55.
Published: 01 March 2000
... an affirma­ tion of the maternal voice is aligned with a subtle and cumulative interroga­ tion of the hollowness of the colonial enterprise itself. The text’s disenchantment with conventional rhetoric and social inter­ course culminates, during the up-river sequence, in a stylized collapse...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (4): 485–512.
Published: 01 December 2020
... a self-aware handling of the poetic landscape. With the figure of the socially excluded black man, Stephen Yenser (1970 : 211) suggests, Lowell’s poem harks back to Hart Crane’s The Bridge (1930), particularly “The River.” In “The River,” built around a prospect of the Mississippi and, like Lowell’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (1): 103–122.
Published: 01 March 2003
... love the great rivers like the Amazon and the Orinoco, where crazy men like Moravagine float on through dream and legend in an open boat and drown in the blind mouths of the river. (Tropic 232) This Moravagine navigating through Tropic of Cancer appears at the very end of a chapter...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (4): 434–452.
Published: 01 December 2000
... Land, “The Fire Sermon” and “Death by Wa­ ter.” “The Fire Sermon” begins: The river’s tent is broken; the last fingers of leaf Clutch and sink into the wet bank. The wind Crosses the brown land, unheard. (11. 173-75) The section closes with the image of Carthage in flames, and repeats...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 361–384.
Published: 01 September 2020
..., outwards. Standing beside the Usk You flow like truth, river, I will get in Over me, through me perhaps, river let me be crystalline As I shall not be, shivering upon the bank. A swan passed. So is it, the surface, sometimes Benign like a mirror, but not I passing, the bird. (1998: 166) I turn...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (1): 1–22.
Published: 01 March 2007
... flows into the river Acheron; Boston and Lowell’s ancestors become part of a “familiarized” classical mythology. Bishop greatly admired what she called Lowell’s “family life” poems (One Art 361), but his tendency toward the mythopoeic is challenged by the poem with which Bishop closes her...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): 244–248.
Published: 01 June 2005
... narrowing of description to landscape and artworks makes perfect sense. But a contemporary such as Derek Walcott, for example, can open his poem “The Glory Trumpeter” with the lines “Old Eddie’s face, wrinkled with river lights, / Looked like a Mississippi man’s.The eyes, / Derisive...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (4): 427–450.
Published: 01 December 2017
... the river from Norfolk. My Brooklyn-Oxford surroundings do not yield much; though if anyone at Pratt library should ‘push the bashful stranger to his food’ your queries will not be deferred” ( SL 342). Moore did return to Norfolk in the summer of 1935, and it seems likely that she went to that small...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (3): 353–363.
Published: 01 September 2022
...” with rivers, streams, seas, and ships. In Yeats’s early work, “Ireland is a tributary of the maritime and archipelagic [in which] rivers and seas carried the freight of locality to remote regions and created a network of associations that complicated set ideas of nationality.” This water-suffused, late...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (3): 372–378.
Published: 01 September 2023
... for the British Blofeld in a Buddhist monastery in Sikkim, as it is for the German Lama Govinda in Tibet. Another chapter, “Peter Matthiessen’s The Snow Leopard and Nine-Headed Dragon River ,” analyzes a canonical American author in terms of his commitment both to the genre of travel writing...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 117–140.
Published: 01 March 2012
...-morning workers,” he “did not feel lost or black or unimportant, but a part of it, contained by it, as a ripple in the river of humanity” (386). The novel concludes with Gordon picking up the union banner of a white organizer who has just been brutally beaten by the police, and continuing to march...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (2): 170–196.
Published: 01 June 2016
... numbering 28,000 per day were carried over an expansive diorama of the United States, complete with cities, towns, and farms of the future as well as trees, lakes, rivers, and mountains. The centerpiece, however, was the superhighway that stretched across the continent, replete with thousands of moving...