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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2010) 56 (2): 196–220.
Published: 01 June 2010
...Steve Vine Copyright © Hofstra University 2010 Steve Vine Sublime Anamnesis: Hysteria and Temporality in Thomas’s The White Hotel Steve Vine Hysterics suffer mainly from reminiscences. —Sigmund Freud (Breuer and Freud 58) In his...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2018) 64 (4): 504–510.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Enda Duffy History of a Shiver: The Sublime Impudence of Modernism , by Rasula Jed . Oxford : Oxford University Press , 2016 . 345 pages. Copyright © 2018 Hofstra University 2018 For Jed Rasula, in History of a Shiver , all the modernist arts are post-Wagnerian. Modernist...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2018) 64 (4): 483–503.
Published: 01 December 2018
...Amanda K. Greene This essay argues that Charlotte Delbo’s deployment of disgust in her memoir Auschwitz and After (1995) challenges the ethics and possibilities of trauma representation. As opposed to beautifying concentration camp victims through elegiac memorialization or claiming the sublime...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2006) 52 (2): 175–198.
Published: 01 June 2006
... sublimation of chaos and violence into art. This sort of idealization characterizes what Leo Bersani calls the “culture of redemption” marked by a “tendency to think of cultural symbolizations as essentially reparative” (7). Following Bersani’s critique of this tendency, Stonebridge writes: “What...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2002) 48 (1): 100–115.
Published: 01 March 2002
... ways. Stories by Charles W. Chestnutt resonate with this eco- sublime sense of place, as do works by modernists such as Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, and Elizabeth Bishop. All embody a wide-ranging reac­ tion to natural environments in rapid decline, and they prefigure the awe and terror...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2004) 50 (4): 337–367.
Published: 01 December 2004
..., associates his text also with the very modernism he seems to strain against. It is a deep strain of latent romanticism that connects these positions. By imagining a subject who is in possession of—or who ought to be in possession of—an “impregnable” heart, an essential con­ nection to a sublime that...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2013) 59 (3): 385–413.
Published: 01 September 2013
... developed treatment of aging in the life and work of Stevens. His difficult oeuvre constitutes a long and persistent response to aging’s dynamic temporalities (futures, pasts, and present[ing]s) as well as to its existential or experiential problematics (ephemerality, mundanity, sublimity, and so on...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2000) 46 (1): 34–55.
Published: 01 March 2000
... improbability of the chora. Furthermore, Kristeva ar­ gues that the chora is sublimated, once the subject has entered the symbolic code, as “semiotic disposition,” capable of reactivation as sublime or abject experience, thus surviving as the source of artistic and poetic sensibility {Powers of Horror...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2004) 50 (4): 436–439.
Published: 01 December 2004
... sublimity. Such a conviction, as Zhaoming Qian suggests in his new book, influenced the American poets Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, and Wallace Stevens, not only inspir­ ing their creative practices but also constituting the key to an important aspect of American literary modernism that Qian calls...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2005) 51 (2): 259–262.
Published: 01 June 2005
... discussion of James Merrill, Rotella focuses on witty and profound equivocations in “Losing the Marbles” and “Bronze,” poems that combine personal narrative with representations of classical sculpture in a way that raises questions about the relationship between the sublime and the mundane in...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2010) 56 (1): 99–106.
Published: 01 March 2010
... with some degree of ingenuity—potentially sublime. Sublimity, however, is a relative term. De Quincey notes that the aesthetic import of a particular murder largely depends on the historical moment in which it takes place. Far more than their ancestors, De Quincey claims, nineteenth-century...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2007) 53 (2): 224–231.
Published: 01 June 2007
... German genealogy by itself seems insufficient. The somewhat facetious comment that we are moving from the “German sublime” to the “American ridiculous” (115) does not adequately take American culture on its own terms (as if America had not produced theorists and practitioners of mass...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2005) 51 (4): 391–413.
Published: 01 December 2005
... impersonality with queerness,Tim Dean cites this passage in arguing that Joyce’s linguistic playfulness grants him access, in Lacanian terms, to the jouissance that initiation into the symbolic order (that is, language) sublimates (257).8 Dean acknowledges that “Joyce may be ironizing the Paterian...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2009) 55 (4): 572–596.
Published: 01 December 2009
... natural selection are likewise sublimated as a “cosmic strug- gle”—indeed, the most successful, “civilized” societies are those which are most cooperative, and those which are most cooperative are deemed the most ethical. The question needs to be asked: is such an ethics ethical? Certainly an...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2012) 58 (1): 90–116.
Published: 01 March 2012
... and freedom” (5). Such a stance might seem to deny the necessarily political, as might the Emersonian sublime to which it bears a relation.5 Yet we might instead understand this view of the lyric as defining a space to reimagine these “socially constructed characteristics” on more flexible...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 102–106.
Published: 01 March 2017
... belatedness is a fatigue with figuration itself, and Keniston does a marvelous job of showing how the poetics of belatedness that she articulates is premised upon a large-scale shift from metaphor to metonymy, with Howe’s work in particular standing as a model of a poetics that might sublimate and transform...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2017) 63 (2): 213–219.
Published: 01 June 2017
... style is a disservice to the poets featured here. In the first chapter’s extended argument about “facticity” and “concreteness” in language, Reed writes that, “the phenomenality of words—their sublime visual and phonic physicality—suspends the poem between the textural and the textual, between...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2011) 57 (2): 199–223.
Published: 01 June 2011
... Interzone.19 What the passage above demonstrates, then, is the structure of desire within an ever more pervasive global com- modity culture in which, as desire shifts within the biopolitical dimensions of late capitalism, the commodity itself shifts from the sublime promises of transcendence to the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2011) 57 (3-4): 328–340.
Published: 01 December 2011
...-historical,” and such an “empty place” is experienced in its lived reality, as Žižek suggests, in a Janus-faced fashion. On the one hand, it feels like a moment of “terrify- ing monsters,” of hauntings by a living dead past. Yet it is also experienced as a moment of “sublime beauty...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2013) 59 (4): 539–574.
Published: 01 December 2013
... memento corporis, yoking the failures of his memory to his own incurably fragile, embodied being. Despite the poem’s pervasive losses, ultimately “Scrapping the Computer” recasts the central cataclysm of losing the self as the “selfless” machine’s sublime, renovating gift: . . . was the...