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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2016) 62 (4): 359–378.
Published: 01 December 2016
... “dark riddles” that compose Bloom’s discursive negotiations, it concludes that Joyce demonstrates the vital role self-narrativizing plays in countering existential isolation, and that his narrative technique is in important ways aligned with Levinas’s conception of an ethics of love. Given the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2016) 62 (3): 271–288.
Published: 01 September 2016
... still remain close. I make the claim that, as with speaking in place of another, speaking for oneself also entails the production of an other, and that these efforts to read and give voices to dogs point toward the rupture of the self-reflective human subject. In featuring their failed attempts to write...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2010) 56 (2): 168–195.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Rachel Ann Walsh Copyright © Hofstra University 2010 Rachel Ann Walsh “Not Grace, Then, but at Least the Body”: Accounting for the Self in Coetzee’s Age of Iron Rachel Ann Walsh If I look back over my own fiction, I see a simple (simple-mind- ed?) standard...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2018
... editorial discourse such as advertising and marketing surveys, this essay argues that the masochistic fantasies of self-shattering featured in Grove’s publications allowed its imagined audience of professional-managerial class radicals to appear to transcend their economic positions. In the pages of Grove...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 352–372.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Jeff Wallace This article stages a process of self-conscious critical assessment and reassessment around the proposition that Samuel Beckett’s 1938 Murphy is a novel intimately concerned with peace. Building on the pacifistic orientation of the posthumanist intellectual projects of Michel Serres...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 75–93.
Published: 01 March 2017
... that must grapple with an unattainable vision of the normal and with the crippling American myth of self-determination. It is easy to imagine Hemingway inspiring motivated Signification. The Sun Also Rises presents reductive images of blackness, like the drummer at Zelli’s whom Jake describes as...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 53–78.
Published: 01 March 2018
... radical, antihomogenizing historiography comes closer to what Wicomb values in Conrad and Joyce. Finally, the author shows how the novel offers a critique of the poststructuralist/postmodernist understanding of language as authorless and self-canceling, arguing that this view has, historically speaking...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 79–100.
Published: 01 March 2018
... one’s private project of self-cultivation. The article critically assesses this position, traces its implications in Wharton’s fiction and nonfiction, and briefly reviews its place within the broader context of liberal thought from Kant, through Matthew Arnold, to Lionel Trilling. Copyright © 2018...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2018) 64 (4): 387–412.
Published: 01 December 2018
... as a mode of fostering and preserving nonnormative voices, converting the privacy imposed on the homosexual into the conditions for creating queer worlds. Gossip concomitantly provides Merrill with a model of poetic self-performance that at once pushes against and embraces New Critical ideals of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2018) 64 (4): 483–503.
Published: 01 December 2018
... unspeakability of the events, Delbo’s text oscillates between self-consciously aestheticized language and graphic physical representations of abject bodies. The irruptive visceral descriptions confront the reader with automatic, embodied repulsion in order to highlight the gaps in symbolization and the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 121–144.
Published: 01 March 2019
... comparable to the self-exoticizing mechanisms at play in much contemporary Russian American prose fiction, Akhtiorskaya engages the clichés and mythologies of the “Odessa Text” in order to ironically subvert them. In juxtaposing these two authors, the article examines the ongoing construction of a “Russian...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2017) 63 (2): 191–212.
Published: 01 June 2017
..., Stein does the nineteenth-century American apostles of success one better—enacting in grammatical experiment what their blithe prose can only prescribe. Stein’s work in this vein persistently questions many of the elements of mainstream self-help’s discourse. In “An Instant Answer or a Hundred...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2011) 57 (2): 255–263.
Published: 01 June 2011
... look at the disembodied and interpenetrating voices comprising The Waves, or the dislocated and unknowable depths intimated in Heart of Darkness, we find a widespread skepticism directed toward the self. Terms such as flux, process, absence, and indeterminacy come to replace stability, essence...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2001) 47 (1): 114–136.
Published: 01 March 2001
...Marjorie Worthington Copyright © Hofstra University 2001 Done with Mirrors: Restoring the Authority Lost in John Barth s Funhouse Marjorie Worthington -/Although narrative self-consciousness is by no means specific to the contemporary period, the particularly rampant...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2014) 60 (1): 59–78.
Published: 01 March 2014
... and underlying alarm” (449), and none of Amis’s novels capture the zeitgeist more fully than Money (1984), a frenzied account of greed and degeneracy narrated by John Self, a crude television commercial director. Revolving around Self’s attempt to direct his first Hollywood feature...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2005) 51 (3): 316–340.
Published: 01 September 2005
... other. By the same token, Moore insists in her poetry and prose on the interconnection between subjectivity, aesthetic treatment, and moral and ethical import. Rather than dramatizing the objectification and alien­ ation of a modern self from itself, or from the human, natural, spiritual...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2006) 52 (4): 367–390.
Published: 01 December 2006
... Wordsworth (among others) into Strand since at least the early 1970s (about 20 years before “Translation” appeared). Strand’s translations of Wordsworth appear in his essay “Landscape and the Poetry of the Self” (Weather); they appear in other nonfiction prose, in prose...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2010) 56 (4): 545–550.
Published: 01 December 2010
... newspaper photograph of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Forty years later, Wilson remains on that journey, taking James and Emerson as touchstones of his new book, Be Always Convert- ing, Be Always Converted. Like Emerson, Wilson understands the desire to explore and redefine the self, moving...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2004) 50 (1): 59–87.
Published: 01 March 2004
... contrary, as a turn toward artifice, toward poetry as making or praxis rather than poetry as impassioned speech, as self-expres­ sion. (“Changing Face” 93) Twentieth-Century Literature 50.1 Spring 2004 59 Jo Gill Similarly, Michael Davidson characterizes the interests of current Lan­...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2012) 58 (4): 688–693.
Published: 01 December 2012
... genius. Not so long ago it retained some usefulness, if only as an object of critique: by historicists, as an ideological mystification; by poststructuralists, as a fetishization of the author-function; by feminists, as a self-aggrandizing masculine ideal. More recently, however, in an era...