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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 in...
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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 (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...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 53-78.
Published: 01 March 2018
... James Joyce, 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...
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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 and the...
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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 of...
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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 . 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 crescendos, figuring his journey...
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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. Copyright © 2017...
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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 (2014) 60 (2): vi-viii.
Published: 01 June 2014
... Nabokov” proved a truly thrilling read: despite its complexity, I could not put it down. The essay builds on a few seemingly small details in W. G. Sebald’s 1992 novel The Emigrants, several small appearances of various incarnations of  Vladimir Nabokov in the text—as “the butterfly man” mentioned...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (1): 128.
Published: 01 March 2008
... re­ ceive as literary scholars and the pedagogical skills and theory they need to ef­ fectively teach composition. One the other hand, specialists in composition are trained to deal with student writing yet must wrestle with the contested status of literary texts in the writing curriculum. The...
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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 of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 178-186.
Published: 01 March 2012
... largely unexplored archive to juxtapose disparate texts with each other, exploring their inter-textual links. In the process, Wenzel rethinks the writing of South African historiography and literatures, as well as post- colonial theory more generally, emphasizing entangled temporalities and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (3): 414-422.
Published: 01 September 2014
... biographies of the writers he studies, nor does he read literary texts as transparently intentional acts or historically determined epiphenomena. Instead, he aims to describe “the authors who emerge as spectral presences from our readings of their works” (12). The method of Obscure Invitations is...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 493-529.
Published: 01 December 2010
... 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 (2013) 59 (3): 504-512.
Published: 01 September 2013
...Matthew Scully The Great American Songbooks: Musical Texts, Modernism, and the Value of Popular Culture , by Graham T. Austin , Oxford University Press , 2013 . 320 pages. © 2015 by Hofstra University 2013 Matthew Scully Musical Literature: Bridging the Gap Between High and...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (4): 535-539.
Published: 01 December 2007
... chooses grief. According to Joseph Dewey, this is the binary around which Don DeLillo’s novels and plays rotate. One doubts that this formula applies to most of DeLillo’s texts, especially since, as Dewey himself notes, DeLillo resists the “disturbing dilemma” predicated by the choice between...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2005) 51 (2): vi-ix.
Published: 01 June 2005
.... Professor Altieri writes: I hope the finalists for this year’s prize are representative of changes taking place in literary study. No glib theorizing; no easy claims that particular texts have cultural and historical significance for their rendering or concealing of the interests of...