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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (3): 345–351.
Published: 01 September 2021
... continuing its creative-critical work (Seiler mentions Michael Ondaatje’s 2018 novel Warlight , among others). It could be that suspension never stopped being felt between the 1940s and now, even if that feeling might have dropped below the surface of our cultural discourses. Or it could...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (3): 369–386.
Published: 01 September 2000
... immediacy but also suspense, as if the outcome of the narrator’s dangerous relationship with the Gestapiste were not already known. We know of course that Marguerite Duras, the implied “I” of the narrative, lived to tell this tale of the Occupation. Because of the present- tense narration...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (2): 166–192.
Published: 01 June 2008
... that the single individual is higher than the universal” (55), makes Abraham’s dagger raised over Isaac on Mount Moriah not an ethical transgression but “the expression for the most absolute devotion, for God’s sake” (71).The Akedah, Genesis 22, contains “a teleological suspension of the ethical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (4): 448–454.
Published: 01 December 2016
...). By expanding the history of perpetual suspense forward and backward in time, Saint-Amour elongates what Brian Massumi describes as “society’s prospectivity” toward a “general disaster that is already upon us, woven into the fabric of day-to-day life” (1993, 11). This is fine if the general disaster that we...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (4): 482–488.
Published: 01 December 2006
... realist and postmod­ ernist modes of depiction. Drawing on the work of Alan Wilde, Shostak categorizes R o th ’s work according to three types o f irony (mediate, disjunctive, and suspensive) that range from premodernist (mediate) to modernist (disjunctive) to postmodernist...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 117–140.
Published: 01 March 2012
... suspension of “hurt” operates in situations defined by anomic possibilities for doing “anything”; in this, he paradoxically gestures towards how spaces of safety might be imagined. Finally, I revisit Fredric Jameson’s study “The Synop- tic Chandler” to address Himes’s episodic reiteration of ritual...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): 123–141.
Published: 01 June 2005
... in Barthelme’s work from a modernist irony o f suspensive impasse to a postmodern generative irony o f “assent”: as his career develops, “Barthelme’s irony becomes . . . some­ thing more, or less, than suspensive— or, more accurately, becomes suspensive in a richer, more complex way” (176...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (2): 169–196.
Published: 01 June 2014
... continued existence. In this scheme, the state’s constitutional integrity is essentially maintained through the suspension of the constitution’s ordering of state powers and functions (Agamben 1). Agamben argues that the state of exception is a paradigm of governmental power that has grown...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (3): 271–292.
Published: 01 September 2023
..., prepositions, and verbs, until each part of the sentence is in place—so that finally the narrative depends not on the resolution of the detective story but, rather, on the syntactical completion of the sentence. “French Lesson” transmutes the traditional narrative suspense associated with detective fiction...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 247–270.
Published: 01 September 2016
... of violence or suspense, Watt enacts the uncomfortable waiting that Beckett experienced during the Second World War, but it insistently enacts the Irish Emergency, too. Theorizing history as trauma, Caruth writes, “For history to be a history of trauma means that it is referential precisely to the extent...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (4): 572–596.
Published: 01 December 2009
... he calls “suspension” (essentially primordial acts of “exceptionconcludes that “the great conceptual, ethical, and political problem [is] to grasp the special nature of the violence at work in the event of such a suspension and to understand the libidinal economy of the form of life...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (3): 540–545.
Published: 01 September 2012
... was diminished after the breakup of the Soviet Union, but books arguing for the importance of a bombocentric perspective on post-war culture have appeared regularly since then: for example, Margot Henriksen’s 1997 Dr. Strangelove’s America and David Cordle’s 2006 States of Suspense. Nor is it surprising...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (1): 103–122.
Published: 01 March 2003
... of all that which is omitted in books. It looks as though it were finished, my life at the Villa Borghese.Well, I’ll take up these pages and move on. Things will happen elsewhere. (10-11) Miller sustains a suspense about his ability to find a story, rather than to find suspense...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (3): 388–395.
Published: 01 September 2008
... cultures. And of course the stylistic characteristics we cite are linked to equivalent differences in characterization, articulation of motives, and plot structure. “Indian” storytellers, for example, dispense with suspense. Treuer’s critique is perhaps most cogent in his analysis of Ceremony...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 111–119.
Published: 01 March 2018
..., these authors focus on female protagonists, amateurs who nevertheless “make deliberate choices to become secret operatives based on political convictions” (70). In opposition to spy stories that involve violent clashes, chase sequences, and other conventions of the genre, these writers “reconfigure suspense...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (1): 147–156.
Published: 01 March 2020
... as continuity and rupture, return and departure, past and future, suspension and motion, can offer us fresh insights into the major critical tendencies of the field and a chance to reimagine cross-cultural alliances in place of the old identity politics. Repetition and Race makes what may...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (3): 362–387.
Published: 01 September 2008
... the gifts of Eden. If the Fall expels humankind into the agony of history and a hostile wilderness in which our calls find no reply—or answers so cryptic as to be indecipherable—here the suspension of disbelief grants a provisional reprieve, a modest renewal of orphic potentials.What, after all...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (3): 494–503.
Published: 01 September 2013
... adherence to mid-nineteenth-century positivism. More willing than Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “willing suspension of disbelief,” and less burdened by moralizing against the imagination and imaginary worlds than the Victorians were, this mentality depended upon the end- of-the-century spread of what...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 9–19.
Published: 01 March 2011
... of art for art’s sake, but much more radically as the only possible space [espace] of the one who writes. (20) Coetzee’s reflections on Barthes’s essay demur to some degree, suggest- ing that to argue wholeheartedly for the suspension of the referent in the South Africa...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 163–190.
Published: 01 June 2021
... fear involves a painful prospect while hope involves a pleasurable one, both involve the anticipation of an outcome that is uncertain: There is no hope without fear and no fear without hope. For he who is in hopeful suspense and has doubts as to the outcome of a thing is assumed to be imagining...