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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2010) 56 (1): 122–129.
Published: 01 March 2010
...Tom Cerasulo The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing , by McGurl Mark , Cambridge : Harvard University Press , 2009 . 480 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2010 Tom Cerasulo The Genius of the System The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2019) 65 (3): 237–260.
Published: 01 September 2019
... marketplace. O’Connor’s story thus uses irony and philosophical self-inquiry as attempts to disentangle the narrative from the systems and norms of the program era. How should we understand O’Connor’s attempts to negotiate the institutionality of her fiction? And what are the racial politics of using an...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2009) 55 (4): 618–623.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Colin Milburn Posthuman Metamorphosis: Narrative and Systems , by Clarke Bruce , New York : Fordham University Press , 2008 . 242 pages. Copyright © Hofstra University 2009 Colin Milburn Reviews Beyond Posthuman Posthuman Metamorphosis: Narrative and Systems by...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2008) 54 (4): 538–543.
Published: 01 December 2008
... is interested in DeLillo s claim that his magnum opus, Underworld (1992), is a holistic representation of the “deep mind of the culture” (205), which DeLillo conceives of as a single intentional system inaccessible to his various char­ acters. This conception is responsible for the structural...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2012) 58 (2): ix–x.
Published: 01 June 2012
... that Woolf in the novel explores the terrain between animal and human in order to criticize not only the “social system” but also the knowledge system that allows humans to sepa- rate themselves from physical nature in order to anoint humanity with the title of a higher order of being. As a...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2014) 60 (4): 545–554.
Published: 01 December 2014
... oppressive hierarchy of the System—Gravity’s Rainbow’s “Them”—and freedom with any and all methods for “leaving the system” (71), albeit preferably within some alternative community. However, even if we overlook the fact that the aesthetic relationship between obscene underground cartoons and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2011) 57 (3-4): 472–491.
Published: 01 December 2011
... of cognitive mapping”: “to endow the individual subject with some new heightened sense of its place in the global system” (“Postmodernism” 92). In what follows, however, the point will not be to offer a defense of Jameson’s position, nor even to provide a further elaboration of what...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2013) 59 (1): 157–163.
Published: 01 March 2013
.... While these writers were interested in spiritual- ism and the occult, they were never involved in the formal theosophical societies of the period. Vetter argues that in spite of the emphasis on theosophy in modernist studies, it is just one metaphysical system among many that merged religious and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2013) 59 (3): 441–464.
Published: 01 September 2013
..., these storylines imply that there are no conflicts of interest or ideology, but simply shared misperceptions of an inefficient system. We see a tension between ends (to maximize the quantity and quality of lives) and means (a reliance on market-driven, corporate-sponsored innovation), a tension...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2013) 59 (2): 377–384.
Published: 01 June 2013
... relationship between aesthetics and politics” (4). By analyzing literary fiction of the period, Belletto demonstrates that chance is commonly associated in American works with democratic freedom, while its preclusion—and even its manipulation—characterize the totalitarian system of the former USSR...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2009) 55 (3): 357–377.
Published: 01 September 2009
... novel concerns the failure of these mobile subjects to comply with what Michael Lipsky called Marseille’s “street-level bureaucracy” (qtd. in Lewis 28)—its unique system of law and order in the early twentieth century— as they struggle with questions of racial and national categorization and deal...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2014) 60 (4): 455–480.
Published: 01 December 2014
..., the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) “created a system of law offices and lawyers about the size of the United States Department of Justice and all of its US Attorneys’ offices” (Johnson 73), encompassing over 800 offices in poor neighborhoods, including the Oakland office where Oscar...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2007) 53 (3): 327–344.
Published: 01 September 2007
... novel, The Broom of the System, in 1987. In 1990 he moved back to Illinois to teach writing at Illinois State University, pub­ lishing in the same year a nonfiction work on hip-hop culture w ith his old Amherst friend, Mark Costello. (Although Wallace is generally acerbic about academic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2013) 59 (1): 1–36.
Published: 01 March 2013
... shown remarkable staying power. A half-century after the publication of Naked Lunch (1959), many critics would agree with Timothy S. Murphy that Burroughs’s literary career is based upon a resistance to “the totalitarian system of modern capitalism and its ideological tool, the state...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2017) 63 (2): 141–166.
Published: 01 June 2017
... be a consistent mode of resistance to hegemonic systems of control, I do argue that the text’s construction of s/m generates a complex intersection of lines of power. In foregrounding s/m, a new, even hopeful, understanding of Pynchon’s seminal text emerges, one anticipated by Harold Bloom when...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2011) 57 (1): 140–147.
Published: 01 March 2011
... within an individual nor within a system, at the center of Clune’s study. In the development of “economic fiction” that Clune traces, subjects are neither commodi- fied (treated as exchangeable with money) nor displaced. Instead they are fascinated, absorbed by market functions. Like JR these...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2018) 64 (1): 101–110.
Published: 01 March 2018
... its claims to propound a system of formal logic. The merits of this innovative approach become clear when she turns to Kafka’s fiction. For instance, in her discussion of The Trial , she focuses on the role that contradictions play in Wittgenstein’s logical system: false under all possible conditions...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2016) 62 (2): 231–239.
Published: 01 June 2016
... object of care (37). The following two chapters, entitled “Linguistic Impairment and the Default of Modernism: Totality and Otherness: Dys-/Disarticulate Modernity” and “Post-Modern Wild Children, Falling Towers, and the Counter-Linguistic Turn,” consider how an exit from the systemic and pervasive...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2016) 62 (2): 170–196.
Published: 01 June 2016
... stature of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (1957). Written in 1951 about events that took place in the late 1940s, the novel was not published until the year after ground was broken on the Interstate Highway System. On the Road , then, celebrates the open road and the freedom of America’s roads at the same...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2007) 53 (4): 535–539.
Published: 01 December 2007
... system. Yet his reading of its conclusion—an excerpt from a novel by Axton s precocious nine-year-old son Tap—seems muddled: after dubiously claiming that Tap’s writing is “clumsy and messy rather than inventive,” he charges it with “restricting access to only the most patient and creative...