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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2015) 61 (2): 173–208.
Published: 01 June 2015
... contemporary society and politics. Demonstrating how John Dowell’s impressionistic narrative signals the dangers of social disengagement and political isolation, the essay also addresses the novel’s historical allusions to the English Reformation and the latent correlations between characters’ behavior and the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2006) 52 (4): 474–481.
Published: 01 December 2006
...Phillip Barrish Conscience and Purpose: Fiction and Social Consciousness in Howells, Jewett, Chesnutt, and Cather , by Petrie Paul R. , Tuscaloosa : University o f Alabama Press , 2005 . 256 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2006 m Reviews Literary Realism and Social...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2013) 59 (3): 494–503.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Joel Burges As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality , by Saler Michael , Oxford University Press , 2012 . 283 pages. © 2015 by Hofstra University 2013 Joel Burges Reviews “We Are All Geeks Now”: Fantasy as a Mode of Social Practice in...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2011) 57 (3-4): 309–327.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Walter Benn Michaels 2011 The Beauty of a Social Problem (e.g. unemployment) The Beauty of a Social Problem (e.g. unemployment) Walter Benn Michaels In his new book on volume one of Capital, Fredric Jameson remarks that in the “affluent post-war 1950s and 1960s,” Marx’s idea that...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 1–22.
Published: 01 March 2019
... European background constitutes a new object of inquiry and theory, which we call postsocialist literatures in the United States. The new representations—fiction, poetry, and theater—connect the United States to key events in the former Eastern Bloc. They emphasize the importance of state socialism and its...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 71–96.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Jelena Šesnić The article examines the emergence of new post–Cold War geopolitical imaginaries in the creative work of Croatian American writers Josip Novakovich and Neda Miranda Blažević-Krietzman. This work addresses memories of (post)socialism, develops transnationalized images of the wars in...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 79–100.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Nir Evron This article examines a tension in Edith Wharton’s social ideal between the conflicting virtues of reverence and curiosity. Wharton, it shows, was quite conscious of the potential clash between the centripetal claims of tradition and the centrifugal tendencies of inquisitive individualism...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2015) 61 (3): 392–410.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Laci Mattison This essay reads Elizabeth Bowen’s The Little Girls (1963) alongside recent theorists of “thingness,” namely, Bill Brown and Jane Bennett. While Bowen’s things intersect with the social terrain, they also simultaneously and paradoxically destabilize that very reality. This...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2016) 62 (1): 56–74.
Published: 01 March 2016
... national borders. This identification between two people with differently marginalized—and inherently sexualized—identities shifts within and outside the border of the United States, and, in this, Crane explores the nature of social marginalization as it relates to US national identity. Copyright...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2016) 62 (4): 403–428.
Published: 01 December 2016
... characteristics), a phenomenon famously studied in axolotls by Huxley’s brother Julian and widely heralded in the 1920s and 1930s as the key to human evolutionary and social success. Huxley’s scientific engagements in Eyeless in Gaza may be particularly sophisticated, but, as I conclude, other modernists and more...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 21–48.
Published: 01 March 2017
.... This article thus reflects on the political and social responsibilities implied by such poetry’s inscription of history as exemplary cultural memory, with particular attention to transnational connection and environmental justice. Famine memory is inscribed iconographically as “postmemory” (to adapt...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 75–93.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Jessica Kent James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room participates in a cross-racial call and response with Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises , illuminating both shared cultural influences and differences of race and sexuality. David’s struggle between the social force of compulsory heterosexuality and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2017) 63 (2): 167–190.
Published: 01 June 2017
... understanding of how words convey meaning. Drawing on Stanley Cavell’s distinction between knowledge and acknowledgment, this article proposes that Addie’s social position as a poor housewife in the modernizing US South prompts her to focus on language’s epistemological limits, at the expense of its empathetic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 97–120.
Published: 01 March 2019
... a postsocialist migrant’s uneasy relationship with transnational feminism in ways that anticipate her later entrapment in neotraditional gender roles, Radojčić illustrates patriarchal gendering under socialism to describe her own resistance to the gender confines of capitalism. The article focuses...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2019) 65 (1-2): 167–186.
Published: 01 March 2019
... socialism and capitalism in the post-9/11 moment. These female characters drive change as well as navigate it, showing that gender is central to the creation, embodiment, and performance of knowledge. The focus on women protagonists as primary producers of a transnational knowledge—one that bridges US and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2011) 57 (3-4): 364–371.
Published: 01 December 2011
...Madhu Dubey 2011 Madhu Dubey Post-Postmodern Realism? Madhu Dubey In his 1989 manifesto for “the new social novel,”  Tom Wolfe com- plained that contemporary American novelists were failing to take on the pressing social issues of their time. Since the 1960s—in other words...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2002) 48 (2): 191–214.
Published: 01 June 2002
... trends in the American literary Left: uncritical support for the Soviet Union and the promotion of proletarian literature, a form of social realism detailing the exploited condition of the American working class. The work of James Farrell, Richard Wright, and John Steinbeck had established the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2008) 54 (3): 396–400.
Published: 01 September 2008
... crisis of representa­ tion precipitated by the social crises of the 1930s, along with the new hopes—too soon dashed—that the Popular Front fostered for alternative publics and alternative idioms to communicate artistically with them. Lowney structures each of his chapters in two major parts: a...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2011) 57 (1): 140–147.
Published: 01 March 2011
... what literature is and why it mat- ters. Contravening dominant readings of the economic as embedded within social relations, Clune argues that the economic does not operate in literature in the same ways that it operates in the world. In an early example of the particular aesthetic of market...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2009) 55 (4): 618–623.
Published: 01 December 2009
... of sociodiscursive forces, have adopted a notori- ously apocalyptic tone, seeing the human as a cultural figure rapidly ap- proaching its end (the social posthuman). These different registers of the posthuman—biological, technological, and social—have generated rich genealogies of...