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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 305–332.
Published: 01 September 2020
... set of terms is more appropriate for defining it: by pursuing the sentimental , Cather’s work produces an advanced form of the naive . These terms emerge from an aesthetic tradition that ranges from Friedrich Schiller through Hegel, Emerson, and Ruskin to Theodor Adorno. Applied across Cather’s work...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (1): 63–91.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Erin Kay Penner In The Wave s, the 1931 novel she called a “playpoem,” Virginia Woolf enacts a drama of modern elegy, using multiple elegists and elegiac subjects to challenge the terms by which speakers and subjects worthy of poetic mourning are defined. In doing so, Woolf frees the genre from the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 239–266.
Published: 01 September 2017
... Marxist magazines in the early 1930s. Pitted against abstraction in particular, Slesinger challenges impersonality’s disembodied imperative, which renders what this article terms “impersons”: waifs “unpossessed” of agency and emotional intensity, and thus unfit not only for collective action but any form...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (4): 475–498.
Published: 01 December 2017
... symposium, this essay uses the terms established in “Feeling and Precision” to recalibrate the ethical turn Moore’s poetry took during and after the Second World War. Drawing on the lecture’s emphasis on the “compulsion to unbearable accuracy,” the essay traces the transition from the commitment to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2018
...Jordan S. Carroll This essay examines the US literary publisher Grove Press from 1951 to 1970. During this period, Grove promoted an aesthetic that Susan Sontag termed the “new sensibility,” one that valued impersonal sensations over personal expression. Grove thus became a key mediator between...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (2): 223–246.
Published: 01 June 2018
... anthology’s work beyond the satiric circumstances of its creation, and the experience of this ostensibly mock-alternative avant-garde ended up having long-term effects on both his and Ficke’s careers. This essay argues that engaging with Spectra beyond its existence as a hoax allows us to explore its wider...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 393–410.
Published: 01 December 2019
... its continuities with her later work, and complicate the terms though which understandings of her first poems have been oversimplified—deemed narrowly “conservative” as opposed to “radical.” Copyright © 2019 Hofstra University 2019 formalism midcentury poetry poetics politics There is...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (4): 437–460.
Published: 01 December 2019
... novels strive to conceive of madness in terms of Laing’s antipsychiatric thought, this article will argue that they in fact serve to reveal that Laing’s “lived body” (but gender-neutral) theory of schizophrenia failed to account for the discursively constructed, “inscribed” bodies of Lessing’s female...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 361–384.
Published: 01 September 2020
... Pickard’s work, especially Ballad of Jamie Allan , the article suggests that rather than view the recent history of British poetry in terms of a modernist/antimodernist dichotomy, with poets assigned to either side of that divide, scholars might productively attend to how voice, as an analytic category and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (1): 21–48.
Published: 01 March 2017
... Marianne Hirsch’s term), by which cultural memory constrained in a traumatic return to the past in present identity and within the island’s boundaries can open to its transnational diaspora, expanding from a rehearsal of historical grievance to an exploration of contemporary responsibility. Medbh...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 215–234.
Published: 01 June 2021
...Noreen Masud Critics of Stevie Smith’s work often lean on the word “flat.” Usually, the term is meant to evoke Smith’s “simplicity” and lack of ornamentation, her refusal to lift into “poetic resonance,” or her unreadable tone. This essay attends more closely to flatness in Smith’s work, exploring...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (3): 420.
Published: 01 September 2003
... of the figure of the Jew and Jewishness in such cultural expres­ sions as literary and non-literary writing, art and museum exhibitions, film, music, and theater. We expect these essays to question, challenge, and redefine the terms philosemitism and antisemitism and to complicate...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (3): 428–435.
Published: 01 September 2010
... increasingly aware of how their social locations inflected their aesthetics” (2). As a result, he claims, “communities of writ- ers of color can themselves be best understood in the terms we developed for the analysis of the avant-garde.” Analyzing the racial self-awareness subtly central to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (4): 688–693.
Published: 01 December 2012
... of which found later expression in the more well-known “Self-Reliance.” There, she argues, we find a concep- tion of genius, typical in fact of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century usages, that calls the term’s association with a privileged individualism into question. Rather than a...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (4): 619–656.
Published: 01 December 2013
... off his adoring family from implicit criticism. Eliot was not able to square the misery of his adult life with the happiness of his childhood until the joy of his late marriage intervened and shifted the terms in which he had understood his life. Second, a fault line runs between his critical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (2): 212–217.
Published: 01 June 2007
... understanding” (13). There is much in this polemical work on which to comment. Given the limitations of a short review, let me engage a couple of matters: the period terms themselves and Ashton’s handling of Language poetry. Like Brian McHale in his fine book The Obligation toward the Difficult Whole...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (3): 385–391.
Published: 01 September 2020
... served the pragmatic ends of self-legitimation, cultural marketing, and political accommodation. Indeed, the general charge Livak levels at existing accounts of Russian modernism is that they have been naively reliant on the terms in which the object of research has described itself; thus, the bias of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2020) 66 (4): 521–527.
Published: 01 December 2020
... returns in the conclusion of Moral Worlds to the debate over what to call the period following postmodernism. Rather than add to the crowded field of terms that now includes, among many others, Alan Kirby’s “digimodernism” ( 2009 : 1), Lee Konstantinou’s “postirony” ( 2016 : 37), and Adam Kelly’s “New...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 167–190.
Published: 01 June 2017
... “rest quiet.” Knowing how her husband operates, Addie may be counting on him to carry out the letter, but not the spirit, of her request. By extracting this “promise” (173) from Anse, she sets up a situation that will confirm her conviction as to the inadequacy of this term. 16 It is worth noting...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (2): 231–239.
Published: 01 June 2016
..., perfectly. Each term was precisely a proper term. With the fall of Babel came the fall into languages, “into ambiguity, duplicity, multiplicity, jokes, puns, lies, translations, fictions, and truths in the plural” (16). If language was once indexical, truly naming the thing, after this second fall it became...