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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (3): 330–351.
Published: 01 September 2015
...Gabriel Hankins The conjunction of posthumanism and ethics asks us to reconsider both the modernist legacy of critique and poststructuralist ethical rhetorics of absolute alterity. Bruno Latour’s recent reconsideration of politics and ethics through a “nonmodern” account of nature and culture...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (3): 329–362.
Published: 01 September 2023
... the epistemological assumptions of scholars and Beckett’s philosophy of ignorance. I argue that Beckett’s tragic view of philosophy took literary shape as a species of metaphysical horror, Leszek Kolakowski’s term for the failed quest for the absolute in Western thought. Beckett’s legacy is then viewed...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2022) 68 (2): 179–198.
Published: 01 June 2022
..., finding the British Idealists’ contention that time is unreal an especially valuable insight for her literary agenda. For many of the idealists, time is unreal in the sense that multiple temporal series coexist within the universe or atemporal “Absolute.” This idea, which was debated in the journal Mind...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (3): 273–297.
Published: 01 September 2007
... attempts to theorize the con­ temporary— most notably Georg Lukács’s The Theory of the Novel, which puts forward an epochal notion o f “absolute sinfulness” as the defining principle of the novel form. M y intention is to decant what is essential to and credible in the postm odern...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (4): 421–432.
Published: 01 December 2004
... critics, Eisenstein righdy observes that Hegel’s dialectic and Absolute Spirit have come to be associated with the aggrandizing and difference-obliterating tendencies of National Socialism. This asso­ ciation follows from reductive interpretations of Theodor W. Adorno’s excoriating...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2008) 54 (2): 166–192.
Published: 01 June 2008
... of the ego .J.This is the I that is not designated, but which says ‘here I am’” (181-82). One way to understand this “assignation” that is not “designated,” or this “I” without “ego,” is as subjectivity attuned to an absolute that exceeds itself, an absolute that can­ not be correlated with its own...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (2): 267–295.
Published: 01 June 2012
..., which, as he writes, “stands at the crossing between a lack of being and a destruction, a repetition and an interruption, a placement, and an excess” (Theory 139). By positing and then pointedly violating a series of “absolute” horizons, the novel establishes a dialectical pattern that grows...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (1): 40–66.
Published: 01 March 2007
... rethinking of ethics in terms of responsibility for the absolutely other, associated most closely with Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, enables a more complex understanding of how modernism’s formal conventions reflect and extend a new conception of literary representation...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (4): 387–395.
Published: 01 December 2000
... be revealed. All subsequent, post- apocalyptic destruction would be absolutely without meaning, mere repeti­ tion. We can point to four principle areas of postwar apocalyptic representa­ tion. The first is nuclear war, the second is the Holocaust, the third is the apocalypses of liberation...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (2): 129–160.
Published: 01 June 2018
..., is its claim to embody absolute moral truths. It can do away with “petty legality,” with the dull, slow grind of legal institutions, because it purports to immediately express the higher laws of nature and history ( [1951] 1979 , 462). This can seem like an appealing alternative, she suggests, because...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (1): 113–119.
Published: 01 March 2023
... and natural in relations with them” (19). Conscious of his reader, he made sure to note that “many fellows from sheltered preparatory schools go absolutely hog-wild when they get to college, you know.” He had acquired the “typical smug attitude of many fellows—‘Well, I’m a prep school fellow...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2009) 55 (1): 36–57.
Published: 01 March 2009
... of an actual river, is itself always changing, shifting, for the most part gradually but occasionally quite violendy. Recognizing this keeps Wittgenstein’s concept of “forms of life” from hardening into the sort of philosophical absolute he resisted. The metaphor of the river and its bed posits...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (2): 171–192.
Published: 01 June 2000
... not prove that scientific secrets vital to national security had been betrayed. Rather, it proved the assumption that an absolute secret existed in the first place—what Caute called the Myth of the Vital Secret—and that it might be given away by what passed for ordi­ nary men and women. Absolute...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2023) 69 (4): 465–484.
Published: 01 December 2023
..., mutating, and eventually it will find and overwhelm us. It is our absolute antithesis; and yet, perhaps, we already carry it within us. And of course we do. Artaud seeks to understand plague less as a physical and more as a psychic event. He dismisses Alexandre Yersin’s discovery in 1894...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2015) 61 (3): 305–329.
Published: 01 September 2015
... and racial feeling to which Aziz and Fielding aspire. Rather it defers it to elsewhere, an elsewhen, specifically by invoking the animal—horses, birds, carrion—along with sites of the law (the jail) and potential justice (temples). 18 The capitalized “Guest House” suggests precisely the absolute...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 431–454.
Published: 01 December 2021
... as a young student at Harvard and on whom he eventually wrote his dissertation, was an Absolute Idealist, and Appearance and Reality articulated a vision of the world in which the changeful, varied reality we perceive ourselves inhabiting is merely a pale shadow of the unchanging, static Absolute, which...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 370–375.
Published: 01 September 2017
... formation. This “indissoluble metaphysical tension” (37) located in the literary work could only be transcended by the romantic idea of literature as “an organic totality” (36), an absolute whole naturally formed from autonomous fragments. But because this conception of literature implies that a new work...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (3): 207–238.
Published: 01 September 2004
.... In the Photograph, the event is never tran­ scended for the sake of something else: the Photograph always leads the corpus I need back to the body I see; it is the absolute Particular the This the Real, in its indefatigable expres­ sion. (4; Barthes’s emphasis) Here again...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (3): 318–340.
Published: 01 September 2010
... things save Beauty alone” (389).1 British modernist treatments of universality, or non-nationalistic modes of human interconnection, are of course not limited to such abstract and absolute proclamations. As Rebecca Walkowitz has dem- onstrated, “modernist style” often resists nationally...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (4): 488–517.
Published: 01 December 2007
... throughout the novel. But it is exposed ultimately as a dangerous dream. The cult is precisely and bureaucratically murderous. Its preoccupation with alphabets and languages is, paradoxi­ cally, a desire for absolute, preverbal meaning. The leader, Andahl, tells James: Something in our method...