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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 239–266.
Published: 01 September 2017
... of deliberate futurity whatsoever. Slesinger’s intervention suggests a deep affinity between leftist collectivism and modernist individualism, despite their superficial antinomy: according to her, both dangerously extend a suspicion of sentiment into the negation of personhood. Works cited Abbott...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 327–344.
Published: 01 September 2007
...Paul Giles Copyright © Hofstra University 2007 Sentimental Posthumanism: David Foster Wallace P au l G iles I f , as Edward W. Soja argued in 1989, postmodernism involved “the re­ assertion o f a critical spatial perspective in contemporary social theory” (2...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 575–581.
Published: 01 December 2010
...Deborah Nelson Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories , by Cassuto Leonard , Columbia University Press , 2009 . 328 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2010 Review Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories...
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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 (2021) 67 (4): 385–406.
Published: 01 December 2021
... tendencies among readers of the novel to condemn the ex-colored man stems from an investment in the trope of the “tragic mulatto”—a plot device that at once sentimentalizes the fates of biracial characters and links those fates inextricably to biology rather than ideology. The feminizing implications...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (1): 1–31.
Published: 01 March 2015
..., a commitment to the idea that these histories are defined by racial sentiments against blacks and Jews, respectively. This essay considers Styron’s commitment to the economic explanation alongside the fate of that explanation in Robert William Fogel and Stanley Engerman’s controversial history of slavery, Time...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (2): 147–176.
Published: 01 June 2023
..., it can also compromise the agency of white women, whose activism is mediated by the persistence of nineteenth-century ideals of sentimentalism and domesticity. By excluding Mary from this understanding—indeed, by casting her death as its occasion—the novel exorcises from its pages the sentimentalism...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 305–332.
Published: 01 September 2020
... set of terms is more appropriate for defining it: by pursuing the sentimental , Cather’s work produces an advanced form of the naive . These terms emerge from an aesthetic tradition that ranges from Friedrich Schiller through Hegel, Emerson, and Ruskin to Theodor Adorno. Applied across Cather’s work...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (4): 582–605.
Published: 01 December 2012
... categorized as a writer of popular, sentimental fiction—that is, a member of the “dd mob of scribbling women” that Nathaniel Hawthorne so violently resented (qtd. in Myerson xiv). During Wharton’s lifetime, sentimental fiction, which had dominated the nineteenth-century American literary marketplace...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (4): 575–595.
Published: 01 December 2013
... for tantalizing glimpses of authentic experience” (340). Similarly, Marshall Boswell argues, “hip irony is itself ironized in such a way that the opposite of hip irony—that is, gooey sentiment—can emerge as the work’s indirectly intended mode” (17). While there is much to encourage such views, including...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 237–238.
Published: 01 September 2017
..., that individual freedom and political commitment are predicated on a personhood of individual agency, and that only such affective individuality can in turn lead to an affective community—political or social. “Numb Modernism: Sentiment and the Intellectual Left in Tess Slesinger’s The Unpossessed ” deftly...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (3): 524–531.
Published: 01 September 2012
... on—exemplifies the most ambitious claims of his book: that early modernists’ attempts to escape the sentimental, whether of the utopian humanist (Eliot, Joyce) or aggressive antihumanist (Lewis, Pound) variety, gave rise in the works of late modernists “to an undertow in which the claims of feeling...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (2): 153–181.
Published: 01 June 2007
..., this new criticism—most appearing in the last 10 years or so—purports to rescue The Great Gatsby from the sentimental attrac­ tions of a universalized, imperial American identity. Like the scholarship it claims to challenge, however, this new criticism reveals the enduring hold of the Americanist...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (1): 1–28.
Published: 01 March 2023
... and intelligibility, erotic deviance and sentimentality, or transients and the long arm of the law. In no popular icon of the first half of the twentieth century was the history and culture of transience made more “quotable,” more personable, than Charlie Chaplin’s “Tramp.” As a performer, writer, and director...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (3): 348–361.
Published: 01 September 2002
...” (17). This discourse has been crucial to the reception o f Flush, in that the bad faith by which the Cartesian divide is maintained depends on the equation o f anthropomorphism w ith sentimentality: to view nonhum an animal consciousness in hum an terms is, ipso facto...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 37–58.
Published: 01 March 2020
... and be killed in the war to come. The reason Douglas’s poetry is memorable is that he pursues sincerity through the utmost depths of cynicism: he goes among the waste of young dead men and must erase sentimentality as a result. And yet the lover’s pain remains, continuing to tinge even the perspective...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (3): 328–345.
Published: 01 September 2000
... biography of his great-aunt, Marianne Thornton, where it runs throughout his nostalgic account of the Clapham Sect and its distinct blend of philanthropy, sentimentality, and moral con­ servatism.1 As a family portrait the work is perfectly balanced, at once gen­ erous and deeply sympathetic—even...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (3): 317–344.
Published: 01 September 2021
...-defined and seemingly vacuous, the Girl’s remark does call out the ontological dispossession underlying her economic and political abandonment. In doing this it implicitly rejects, as offering a way out of poverty, the sentimental rhetoric of uplift and uplifted subjectivity that circulates within...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (1): 39–71.
Published: 01 March 2001
... ideological ends. The comic tropes ofWoolf’s “Friendships Gallery” (her emphasis on Violet’s physical height and persistent laugh, the disruptions of narrative time) as well as the biographer’s self-conscious rejection of sentimental and realistic narrative forms suggest the sketch’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (1): 1–22.
Published: 01 March 2007
... reading honors the fact that Lowell manages the content of both poems with a keen eye for the humorously absurd and the effectively sentimental. “Each o f Miss Bishop’s readings counts,” proclaims Monroe Engel when he introduces the poet, and I would argue that what “counts” most...