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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 191-212.
Published: 01 June 2017
...Matthew Sandler This paper poses the work of Gertrude Stein as a challenge to contemporary scholarship centered on theories of failure. Demonstrating that Stein’s notion of failure as a precondition for success derived from nineteenth-century selfhelp books, I follow her work with this paradox from...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (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 (2012) 58 (1): 117-140.
Published: 01 March 2012
..., for his most suffering protagonists, Himes’s Harlem Domestic crime novels strategically evade the possibility of a redeeming success, developing a compensatory form we could term the “populist failure novel.” Responding to the coincidence of Himes’s centenary and the inauguration of Barack...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (1): 114-124.
Published: 01 March 2009
... Piccolruaz Konzett if not to say experts, in these traditions. Hence Asian American success in post—World War II America may be interpreted as bearing the marks of a model minority from an economic point of view, but it cannot boast of similar success in being perceived as a culturally central...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (4): 504-511.
Published: 01 December 2005
... even this score, grappling with Eliot’s failures and successes in this regard. Though the anecdote about the royal family does not appear in his book, Chinitz does tell a more familiar story of Eliot missing the mark with an audience. After a performance of his experimental play Sweeney Agonistes...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (3): 520-527.
Published: 01 September 2013
... 1960s, when the press achieved its greatest success and notoriety as a publisher of avant-garde and obscene literature. Its authors, to name just a few, included Samuel Beckett, Henry Miller, Jean Genet, William Burroughs, Kenzaburō Ōe, Harold Pinter, and Frantz Fanon. Focusing on these two...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 406-413.
Published: 01 September 2007
... dominant narratives of the nation. Can the Holocaust be remembered as a “catastrophic event w ithout redem ption” rather than being “overwritten in American cul­ ture w ith the narrative o f hope and renewal” (33) in light o f the success and sanctuary that Jewish culture found in...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (3): 414-421.
Published: 01 September 2010
... feminized other. Huyssen writes: The nightmare of being devoured by mass culture through co- option, commodification, and the “wrong” kind of success is the 417 Daniel Worden recurrent fear of the modernist artist, who tries to stake out his territory by fortifying the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (2): 197-221.
Published: 01 June 2014
... the solution to this imbalance. It cannot fail according to its own logic. The economic successes of nonwhite Americans repre- sent proof of the equalizing effect of neoliberal colorblindness––ignoring their skin color facilitated this success––and the destitution of others is blamed on the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (4): 518-529.
Published: 01 December 2007
... untenable the notion that success in art had much to do with popular acceptance, transparency of purpose, proper sentiments, or verisimilitude. Though particular modernist works could seem unduly tendentious or needlessly obscure or obstinately resistant to the elemen­ tary satisfactions offered...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 394-405.
Published: 01 September 2007
... paral­ lels between our own intentionality and that o f others, normally by the age o f three or four. Because each o f us from infancy has been studying faces, our “default interpretation o f behavior is that it reflects a person’s state o f m ind” (4). Every successful encounter w ith another...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (3-4): 341-353.
Published: 01 December 2011
... analysis of a coherent movement in its own right. One way to read Fredric Jameson’s masterpiece of totalization Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1991) is as a great, residually modernist performance that somehow manages to wring a kind of success out of its very...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (2): 238-268.
Published: 01 June 2000
... by brash visual images calcu­ lated to grab their attention. Already in 1886, Thomas Smith, author of the handbook Successful Advertising, observed, “Twenty-one years ago the news­ paper advertisements were old-fashioned, stereotyped and conservative.” But by the dawn of the twentieth century...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (1): 1-24.
Published: 01 March 2005
... capitalism. Whereas Alexander sees the capitalistic success of the Newark Maid factory as an indictment of sixties leftist politics, Gentry argues that the factory represents an indict­ ment of capitalistic injustices and exploitive labor practices that serve to profit the Levovs. In contrast to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (2): 272-276.
Published: 01 June 2011
... whatever reason, she did not sign with them until 1947, only a few weeks before Perkins died. By then it was too late for Hurston to benefit from Perkins’s vast experience and gentle tutelage, which was such an important factor in Rawlings’s success. Subsequently, Lillios turns her attention...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2002) 48 (4): 363-392.
Published: 01 December 2002
.... (Indeed, the period marks her emergence as a successful author.) But she also used her fiction and nonfiction of the period to probe its difficulties and costs. One way she critiqued the lit­ erary public sphere was by constructing imagined exchanges between readers and writers that were...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (1): 92-98.
Published: 01 March 2010
... impress his superiors.) Hopkins is thus eventually farmed out to Dublin, where the Jesuits are struggling to found a Catholic university for the Catholic majority in Ireland. One superior wrote of the bizarre priest’s new appointment: “He may be a success in the native city of Oscar Wilde” (314...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (3): 513-519.
Published: 01 September 2013
... Williams Nearly ten years ago, in the introduction to his seminal study Chinese Dreams: Pound, Brecht, Tel Quel, Eric Hayot noted—with some skepti- cism—the ongoing, institutional success of East/West comparativism in literary studies. “Pound and China” had become its own cottage industry, Hayot...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (1): 111-118.
Published: 01 March 2014
... private practice, embarked on the protracted courtship of Elsie Moll (which relationship caused a permanent rupture with his father), eventually married her and had laid the foundations of what might fairly be described as a failing marriage before, in his late thirties, he began to shape success...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (1): 119-127.
Published: 01 March 2014
... independence over mass-market success. The Booker Prize, by contrast, epitomizes the successful commercialization of global literature based on racial competitiveness. Sandwiched between Kalliney’s accounts of these developments are three chapters of thick description and painstaking, fine-grained...