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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Murray McArthur Copyright © Hofstra University 2010 Symptom and Sign: Janet, Freud, Eliot, and the Literary Mandate of Laughter Symptom and Sign: Janet, Freud, Eliot, and the Literary Mandate of Laughter Murray McArthur In 1906, T. S. Eliot’s freshman year at Harvard, Pierre...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (4): 413–442.
Published: 01 December 2006
...Paula E. Geyh Copyright © Hofstra University 2006 From. Cities of Things to Cities of Signs: Urban Spaces and Urban Subjects in Sister Carrie and Manhattan Transfer Paula E. Geyh However the city may really be, beneath this thick coating of signs...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 307–342.
Published: 01 December 2019
... the value form and the products of labor under capitalism—what Karl Marx suggestively calls “all the magic and necromancy” shrouding capital accumulation. Capitalism inescapably conjures its own phantoms and so remains haunted by the spectral figures of “dead labor” occulted under the sign of value...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 247–270.
Published: 01 September 2016
... for how the trauma of war and, indeed, of neutrality, of missing the war, embeds itself in literary language that signs itself as “unreadable.” Copyright © Hofstra University 2016 Dante Irish Emergency neutrality trauma World War II In Canto III of the Inferno , just outside the gates...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 462–492.
Published: 01 December 2010
...) to the “signs for Thrushcross Grange,” each bearing “the name of the firm that had put the sign up”:  “local bottlers of Coca- 462Twentieth-Century Literature 56.4 Winter 2010 462 The Language of Advertising and the Novel: Naipaul’s A House for Mr. Biswas Cola,” “Amal (the American bauxite...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (3): 465–493.
Published: 01 September 2013
... that western culture’s privileging of speech over writing stems from a concomitant privileging of presence over absence. This critique does not analyze deafness or signed languages, but as H-Dirksen Bauman has suggested, Derrida’s analysis enables the theoretical significance of “deafness...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (4): 337–367.
Published: 01 December 2004
... narrative; its claim of grandiosity for the object of aggression; its reduction of the world to a stable binary in which all signs take their meaning through their relation to the paranoid—are quite explicitly rendered as the basis of the novel’s “plot.” Paranoia becomes, in effect, the poetic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 391–422.
Published: 01 December 2011
..., my head back, so that suddenly I was looking above the buildings, up at the winter sky. And then I saw the sign. It snagged my gaze and held it, an old advertisement painted on the side of a brick building. Griffin’s Shears, it read. The paint 407 Adam Kelly...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (2): 285–290.
Published: 01 June 2011
.... These theorists argue that formerly discreet media such as newspapers, television, cinema, advertising, design, and the internet are increasingly produced in convergent strategies and patterns, enveloping consumers of visual/aural culture in a seamless lifeworld of mediated signs. This wall of signs...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 511–517.
Published: 01 December 2018
..., or mother” (6) is the trait d’union that, in chapter 1, leads Vicks to discuss Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Derrida as the most prominent theorists of nothing in the twentieth century. The chapter opens with a fascinating history of zero as a mathematical concept and sign from the Babylonians...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (1): 31–56.
Published: 01 March 2021
... the poetic tradition we and Ashbery have inherited, such opaque images function as allegorical signs of the resistance to allegory—which is, after all, how Perloff reads these images. Not content with savoring their “presentational immediacy,” she grants them significance in a historical narrative—making...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 248–272.
Published: 01 September 2007
... things and places simply add to the cluttered accumulation o f signs that point to dead ends rather than progress. By contrast, Mexican history, people, and culture are the lifeblood ofYamashita’s Southern California, w hich is literally being transformed by the momentous flows o f...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (3): 275–305.
Published: 01 September 2006
... in a footlocker in Bangor, Maine (301), most of us attend to the words of Atwood’s protagonist innocently enough: our familiarity with the ways of the first-person narrator largely annuls any sense of the paradox involved in reading the signs of Offred’s putative orality; that is, until the epilogue...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (4): 427–460.
Published: 01 December 2002
....” Divulging these crucial facts, the Di­ rector “made a sign of the T on his stomach and all the students fol­ lowed suit” (BNW 27).6This absurd gesture confirms Ford’s divine status, but the primacy of stomach over head and heart implies a faith pre­ mised on consumer satisfaction...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (2): 207–232.
Published: 01 June 2020
... are cordoned into hierarchical socioeconomic structures. As Tony Crowley (1989 : 4) points out, linguistic theory has long conceived of language as a battlefield: “Within any particular sign-community there will be different classes who use more or less one and the same language. Yet given the conflictual...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (2): 273–281.
Published: 01 June 2020
... grace: “And now at another forked-way, voices and heavy material in contact . . . and someone coughs restrainedly and someone signs freely . . . / And from these also, the file moves on; the sound of them, and his singing, like some unexpected benignity you come on at a street-bend” (48). Through...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (2): 153–181.
Published: 01 June 2007
..., Washington, and Nies—is enabled by an assump­ tion that practices and signs already bear racial meaning. This scholarship thus often ends up reifying a variety of presumably characteristic raced American identities in place of a presumably characteristic unraced (if Twentieth-Century Literature...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (1): 103–122.
Published: 01 March 2003
... at being the object of such unflagging adulation. Ironically, though, the first concrete sign of appreciation comes from Cendrars, in the form of a review of Tropic of Cancer that is the very first recognition of the novel in print. Miller’s 25-year epistolary effusion can thus appear...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (2): 196–220.
Published: 01 June 2010
... of the hysteric in the nineteenth cen- tury was the image of the female, its subtext was that feminized males, such as Jews, were also hysterics. . . . The face of the Jew was as much a sign of the pathological as was the face of the hys- teric . . . the face of the Jew became the face...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 530–544.
Published: 01 December 2010
... signs the hotel register. “We don’t allow Mexicans in this hotel,” she says, adding “Nor Jews.” Significantly, it is with the very next line that Arturo announces his consent to these practices. In a simple but unmistakably assertive statement, Arturo notes, “I registered” (49). Juxtaposing...