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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2017) 63 (2): 191–212.
Published: 01 June 2017
... 1930s should serve as a warning to critics invested in failure as a figure of opposition. Copyright © 2017 Hofstra University 2017 failure Gertrude Stein modernism self-help A real failure does not need an excuse. It is an end in itself. — Gertrude Stein (1947) Judith...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 53–78.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Kaelie Giffel Bringing together Zoë Wicomb’s David’s Story and Walter Benjamin’s “Theses on the Philosophy of History,” this essay argues that Benjamin’s concept of “constellating” events that are noncausally yet historically related to each other is uniquely able to help us grasp the specificity...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2012) 58 (4): 688–693.
Published: 01 December 2012
... portrayal of genius as a kind of endless potentiality and variability links it to the democratic project, it also, by the time of her self-help book Everyman’s Genius (1925), suggests the term’s assimilability to more quietist therapeutic and consumerist log- ics of abundance. Genius, in short...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2011) 57 (2): 255–263.
Published: 01 June 2011
...-orientation, ultimately returning for a second time to revisionary gestures of uncer- tainty and loss. Fordham concludes: Along with the narrative . . . the self doubles itself and arrives too late. . . .Conrad’s method of revision helps prepare the ground for modernist selves that...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2014) 60 (1): 59–78.
Published: 01 March 2014
... Thatcherism, which in turn helps establish the conditions for the later readings of Money as an attack on Thatcherism. But first, how does Money evoke Thatcherism? Politics per se do not figure prominently in the text and Self’s single reference to Thatcher—“we’ve got a chick” (146)—is as fleeting...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2001) 47 (1): 114–136.
Published: 01 March 2001
... that his conviction was false. (125—26) Whereas critics like Patricia Waugh argue that it is this metafictional self- consciousness that helps to blur the line between art and reality, and to “explore the possible fictionality of the world outside the literary fic­ tional...
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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 March 2006) 52 (1): 42–60.
Published: 01 March 2006
... of the second person is a prominent feature of Self-Help, Moore’s first book. Here, however, I am bracketing off any consideration of that text. 2. Most notoriously by John Barth, who remarked that Carver’s popularity was evidence of the declining literacy rates of the reading public. However...
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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 June 2002) 48 (2): 215–238.
Published: 01 June 2002
... of character development is obvious in the proliferation of pam­ phlets on self-help, thrift, and temperance, among the most prominent examples of Low Church virtues, which were moral ripostes to the Ox­ ford Movement’s “Tracts for the Times,” which endorsed an altogether less earthbound...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2001) 47 (2): 169–196.
Published: 01 June 2001
... itself, only what that society throws off—its mistakes or its pariahs— can serve the future” (Homos 180). Bersani’s emphasis on the intrinsic self-shattering of sex helps ex­ plain his repeated formulations of homoness as both “self-divestiture” (Homos 128) and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2016) 62 (3): 271–288.
Published: 01 September 2016
... negative conceptions of dogs. He describes “Balzac lying like a dog, abandoned by all, with the smell of gangrene pervading the house” (2011, 248), and, as in Kafka, the trope of dogdom helps frame his self-deprecations: “The dog is duller than ever but its friends know it doesn’t mind if they get up and...
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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 September 2000) 46 (3): 346–368.
Published: 01 September 2000
... hands of the Nazis . . . had by his suicide demonstrated a frailty, a crumbling of character they were loath to accept. In the face of a terrible absolute—self- destruction—their reaction was helplessness and (the reader could not avoid it) a touch of shame. (32-33) In a fit of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2017) 63 (3): 370–375.
Published: 01 September 2017
... Macherey, and Gilles Deleuze. Deleuze is particularly central to Wasser’s argument that literature is essentially self-differentiating. His theory of differential repetitions helps her explain how novelty can be generated if literature is thought of as “a complexity-producing machine” (7) offering up new...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2016) 62 (4): 359–378.
Published: 01 December 2016
... retrospectives, then, demonstrate Bloom’s expanding awareness of how he uses figurative language, helping him to better understand how, in order to survive, he had hid his overwhelming self-doubt in the “effluvia” and “stagnant pools” of time (227, 228). As Bloom’s insight expands through such textual review...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2018) 64 (3): 379–386.
Published: 01 September 2018
... are a matter of impressionistic intuition” (256). He takes their attention to ephemeral, fluid perception before it is subjected to rational interpretation to indicate how important the concept of the impression remains in contemporary culture, and how it has been co-opted by self-help books and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2017) 63 (4): 507–512.
Published: 01 December 2017
... Rachel Galvin note on the very first page of their introduction to this superb collection of essays on Auden’s self-revising poetics, that poem is by far the most famous example of Auden revising his own work, eventually repudiating it entirely as a dishonest rhetorical “forgery” (1) and refusing to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2012) 58 (1): 90–116.
Published: 01 March 2012
... poetry, however, and in lyric as a genre, the “I” not only crosses social boundaries, but exceeds their sphere. Indeed, recognizing that the lyric self consists in part in the impulse to exceed, Dove offers simultaneously gendered and racially marked speak- ers, and the undoing, or exceeding, of...