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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (1): 92–117.
Published: 01 March 2015
...Christopher Langlois This article reads Samuel Beckett’s Texts for Nothing through a conceptual register it derives from the work of Maurice Blanchot and Alain Badiou: the terror of literature. Through its close reading of Texts for Nothing , it demonstrates that terror is what emerges...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 43–70.
Published: 01 March 2019
...Ioana Luca The article examines how writers Miroslav Penkov, Lara Vapnyar, and Aleksandar Hemon engage and reconfigure representations of the former Eastern Bloc in US literature, including stereotypes that have been circulating in Western Europe for a long time. These texts transform prevailing...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 407–430.
Published: 01 December 2021
...Allison Fagan This essay considers Arturo Islas’s posthumously published novel, La Mollie and the King of Tears (1996), arguing that an examination of its “archival remains”—its drafted and rejected material found in Islas’s archive—offers compelling evidence of the text’s anxious resistances...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (4): 437–465.
Published: 01 December 2022
...Kezia Whiting How do we know what a character knows? What assumptions do we make about a character and their awareness when we read a text? How, in fact, does a text codify and construct knowledge, character, and thought? This essay addresses these questions in relation to Katherine Mansfield’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 121–144.
Published: 01 March 2019
... on in the Russian American immigrant literature that has sprung up since the turn of the millennium. The city even has its own New World simulacrum in New York’s “Little Odessa” neighborhood. This article investigates the impact of the “Odessa Text” on the work of two Odessa-born US authors, the poet Ilya Kaminsky...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (1): 75–99.
Published: 01 March 2021
...-twentieth-century American adoption narratives suggests, however, that inherited traits were not the only concerns, an argument this essay pursues by considering March’s novel and its film adaptation alongside Richard Wright’s posthumously published novella Rite of Passage . All of the texts share certain...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (1): 53–74.
Published: 01 March 2022
...Francisco E. Robles This essay argues that Tomás Rivera’s seminal Chicano text . . . y no se lo tragó la tierra is a polyvocal and deeply communal work whose formal inventiveness illuminates the imaginative lives of migrant workers. Contesting the dominant critical reading of the book...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (3): 287–304.
Published: 01 September 2015
... encounters between human and animal. In particular, the essay explores how the use of figurative language in these modernist texts opens up the imaginative possibilities of an anthropomorphism that paradoxically unsettles human-centered worldviews and instead seeks to more intimately engage with nonhuman...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (2): 170–196.
Published: 01 June 2016
..., however, challenges this conventional reading. Setting the text against the emerging superhighway ethic-which values the individuated automobile over established communities, conquest of nature over integration with nature, and productivity over all else-reveals a more nuanced and forceful critique...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2016) 62 (3): 309–336.
Published: 01 September 2016
... Billy Elliot , and more collectivist, formally innovative texts like GB84 . Figures 3–4 Figures 3–4. In the final scene, Billy stars in Matthew Bourne’s all-male Swan Lake , watched from good seats by a proud brother and leaky-eyed father. The last moment freezes Billy in midair as the music...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 115–140.
Published: 01 June 2017
... of civil rights reform, and his writing is a model for thinking about other texts that engage questions of race and rights in ways markedly distinct from the dominant narrative of the Civil Rights Movement as such, and have not been recognized as “civil rights literatures” at all. Copyright © 2017...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 141–166.
Published: 01 June 2017
.... With a focus on Margherita Erdmann’s sexual practice, this revisionary reading of gender and female sexuality in Pynchon complicates previous criticism, which has largely condemned the heteromasculinity of high postmodernism and elided the power of female sexual agency in such texts. Works cited...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 53–78.
Published: 01 March 2018
..., Wicomb aligns her text with a formal inventiveness that (in her view) emphasizes the power of language to free us rather than (merely) entrap us. The author’s analysis thus both draws on and departs from Derek Attridge’s discussion of modernism in David’s Story , suggesting that Benjamin’s radical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (4): 483–503.
Published: 01 December 2018
... unspeakability of the events, Delbo’s text oscillates between self-consciously aestheticized language and graphic physical representations of abject bodies. The irruptive visceral descriptions confront the reader with automatic, embodied repulsion in order to highlight the gaps in symbolization...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (2): 139–162.
Published: 01 June 2021
... with a desire to write a utopian collective. This is confirmed both by previously unstudied draft material for Briefing for a Descent into Hell (1971) and the published texts that followed. However, in The Four-Gated City this attempt to break from the destructive globalization of the postwar era becomes deeply...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (3): 245–270.
Published: 01 September 2023
... benefits enabled him to write “Howl.” This article reconsiders this iconic text of the nascent US counterculture as a product of the postwar structures of informatics, automation, and precarity that are sometimes now referred to as surveillance capitalism. But it also asks what relation those structures...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (2): 245–253.
Published: 01 June 2010
... traditions as rich and deep, and its religious texts as authoritative. This drive to reconstitute a cultural (and racial) as well as national archaic past (Aryavarta, the land of the Aryans, or Bharatvarsha, the kingdom of Bharat) entailed the reappropriation of key texts: the Vedas, Upanishads...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2011) 57 (1): 70–85.
Published: 01 March 2011
... politics that is not itself political? —J. M. Coetzee (Diary 9) What are we to make of J. M. Coetzee’s Diary of a Bad Year? One of the first things to note is that it is an unconventionally structured text, to say the least. Consisting as it does...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 493–529.
Published: 01 December 2010
... to counter the academic and popular cultural reification of the author. Like the majority of Burroughs scholars, Lydenberg appeals to Burroughs’s extratextual claims to prove that he intends to make authorial intentionality irrelevant to the literary text. Whether Lydenberg’s approach is paradoxical...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (4): 467–476.
Published: 01 December 2022
... : 18). Though Keegan’s text is not mentioned in The Child Sex Scandal and Modern Irish Literature: Writing the Unspeakable (2020), the child protagonist’s “loss for words” in this intimate scene recalls the experiences of so many of the child characters at the center of the fictions in Joseph...