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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 359–384.
Published: 01 December 2021
... feeling.” Wrong feeling is a peculiarly twentieth-century phenomenon—an enactment of the modernist allergy to sentiment that nonetheless takes up modernism’s key tropes. Manifesting as affective overflowing, it has no discernible locus in either self or world and yields a series of repetitive, frustrating...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (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 (2017) 63 (2): 191–212.
Published: 01 June 2017
...” (1998b, 778) that had conquered the frontier, and although literary and cultural historians tried to weigh such views against the contribution Stein made to twentieth-century aesthetics and queer culture, her views do parallel those of the 1930 pillars of the twentieth-century self-help canon: Dale...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (4): 688–693.
Published: 01 December 2012
... 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, becomes a commodity—and, indeed, one perhaps more available...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (1): 42–60.
Published: 01 March 2006
... be ignored by telling alternative stories about it. 58 Jokes, Fiction, and Lorrie Moore Notes 1. The use 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 385–406.
Published: 01 December 2021
... to me” (11). The analogies between this scene and Freud’s description of narcissism in women help to clarify how a traumatic event such as the one the narrator experiences could give rise to the kind of self-absorption we see above. In his 1925 essay “On Narcissism,” Freud (1994b : 88–89) suggests...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (3): 379–386.
Published: 01 September 2018
... 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 corporate training. The intricacies, subtleties, and stylishness of Matz’s argument are impossible to capture...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (2): 215–238.
Published: 01 June 2002
... and literary senses, is that people are capable of changing. As far as evangelical religion goes, the idea 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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (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 (2023) 69 (3): 372–378.
Published: 01 September 2023
... readers about the journeys of others. What is especially fascinating about Barbour’s work is the focus on the Buddhist concept of no-self to help wrangle in an incredibly unruly body of literature, a vast array of texts that “depict religious transformation as both a matter of new intellectual...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (4): 510–544.
Published: 01 December 2001
... to the nationalist, anti- British (and, in Tagore’s view, anti-Muslim) “negative” swadeshi of boy­ cotting foreign goods (Sarkar 32-33). It is the politics implicit in the boiteko and other self-help and cooperative projects of Botswana (Eiler- son 122), treated by Bessie Head in A Question of Power...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 493–529.
Published: 01 December 2010
... disorder. For the routines entail distinct registers, dialects, and jargon for each unique narrative voice. The Texas Oilman routine is practically a self-help guide for a wannabe prospector (“So you got the calling and the proper appearance”) (30), the Chess Player evokes an historian’s preten...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (2): 223–230.
Published: 01 June 2016
...Allyson Salinger Ferrante Locating the Destitute makes important contributions to both postcolonial studies and spatial theory, drawing upon a wealth of Western theorists to intervene in what are often regarded as postcolonial, Caribbean concerns. The book will be most helpful to scholars...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (4): 477–485.
Published: 01 December 2022
... of humans with the environment. Murray concentrates on Wyndham Lewis, D. H. Lawrence, H.D., and Samuel Beckett, all of whose experimental work helped to define high Anglo-modernism. She claims that “the figure of the exoskeleton (or outer shell) can shed new light on modernism’s linguistic and formal...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (2): 255–263.
Published: 01 June 2011
...: 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 emerge incompletely through shifting processes and never as completed forms. (178) Conrad’s writing practice...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (1): 20–38.
Published: 01 March 2001
... McPhail, adds helpful maps that delineate Owen’s precise movements in battle, the book is thoroughly in the hagiographic tradition. As Samuel Hynes notes, Edmund Blunden’s 1931 “Memoir” assembled the saintly, doomed Owen. The memoir is, in Hynes’s words, “a classic myth...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (2): 169–196.
Published: 01 June 2001
...-shattering of sex helps ex­ plain his repeated formulations of homoness as both “self-divestiture” (Homos 128) and, somewhat more disturbingly, a rejection of or indiffer­ ence to the very personhood of the other (an indifference that, like the impropriety of self-forgetting, joins...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (1): 1–36.
Published: 01 March 2013
... their buying patterns are connected to larger social and political forces, the message promotes a lib- ertarian freedom that is impossible to distinguish from a self-help slogan: “I am here to tell you what I saw—And to tell you how such time trips are made—It is a precise operation...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (2): 173–208.
Published: 01 June 2015
... scenes in public places … that he would have been faithful to her for the rest of his days” (65). That Dowell believes these two shocking scenarios would have “redeem[ed]” Edward illustrates the profound distrust he, not Florence, has of Catholics. Indeed, aside from mentioning that he “cannot, [him]self...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (4): 507–512.
Published: 01 December 2017
... and 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...