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Twentieth-Century Literature (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 (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 (2023) 69 (1): 29–52.
Published: 01 March 2023
...Malcolm Woodland Working with Thomas Weiskel’s definitions of the “positive” and “egotistical” sublimes, this essay traces A. R. Ammons’s engagements with these modes from some less read earlier poems to major, later works like “The City Limits” and Sphere . It argues that, despite maintaining...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (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 (2021) 67 (3): 293–316.
Published: 01 September 2021
... as a temporal problem. In doing this, Citizen demonstrates how the racial break represented less a rupture than a continuation—how the antagonisms of racialized citizenship under white supremacy are sublimated by racial liberal rule. Works Cited Anderson Benedict . 1991 . Imagined Communities...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (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 (2002) 48 (1): 100–115.
Published: 01 March 2002
... 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 of our current crisis...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (3): 385–413.
Published: 01 September 2013
... 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). The subject of Stevens and old age has a long reception history...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (4): 337–367.
Published: 01 December 2004
... is in possession of—or who ought to be in possession of—an “impregnable” heart, an essential con­ nection to a sublime that transcends mere language, Orwell reproduces romanticism’s terms of subjectivity within the protocols of a modernist world. It is this embattled romanticism that surfaces in Orwell’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (2): 225–234.
Published: 01 June 2022
... often critique the technological sublime by identifying the grotesque consequences of uncritical forms of scientific and technological progress” (145). For example, in the interconnected short stories in his 1950 collection The Martian Chronicles , Ray Bradbury connects the ideology of the American...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (2): 163–184.
Published: 01 June 2020
..., and engagement not afforded by means of critical reason. In his essay “The Sweatshop Sublime” (2012), Bruce Robbins draws on the Kantian sublime to describe a mundane cosmopolitan experience: a sudden realization that the clothes we are wearing were made by distant laborers under exploitative conditions...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (1): 34–55.
Published: 01 March 2000
... 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 208). As retrospective theorizations of origins, these ideas seem...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 215–234.
Published: 01 June 2021
... event, of the emotional surges that tradition would foreground and value. Height itself offered Edmund Burke (1998 : 66) a key to the sublime in 1757, especially if that perpendicular was “rugged and broken” like a cliff. William Wordsworth’s The Prelude (1799–1850) pays rapt attention to the crags...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 90–116.
Published: 01 March 2012
...). 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 terms. This might...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (2): 224–231.
Published: 01 June 2007
... 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 culture or national self...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (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 (2013) 59 (4): 539–574.
Published: 01 December 2013
... 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 poor thing taking upon itself a doom Headed...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (4): 391–413.
Published: 01 December 2005
... 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 idiom in which he formulates Stephen’s response...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (4): 572–596.
Published: 01 December 2009
... indistinguishable in their language and logic. Instead of a pack or herd we have the “cor- porate whole” by which the chances of a society’s survival are improved; processes of natural selection are likewise sublimated as a “cosmic strug- gle”—indeed, the most successful, “civilized” societies are those which...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (3): 285–315.
Published: 01 September 2005
..., and patriotic tourism Tahoma—the Mountain That Was God! Thus the aboriginal Indians christened the sublimely majestic peak which broods over one of earth’s most beautiful playgrounds— Mount Rainier National Park. — US Railroad...