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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2006) 52 (4): 391–412.
Published: 01 December 2006
...Merrill Cole Copyright © Hofstra University 2006 Backwards Ventriloquy: The Historical Uncanny in Barnes’s Nightwood Merrill Cole N ot those who had seen him last, but me who had seen him best, as if my memory of him were himself; and because you forget...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2012) 58 (2): 213–237.
Published: 01 June 2012
...” (301).1 Associating the uncanny with the conflated experiences of female adolescence and life-threatening disease, Wharton recalls the literary tra- dition of the Female Gothic, a genre defined first by Ellen Moers, who argues in Literary Women (1976) that female authors deploy gothic tropes...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2012) 58 (3): 524–531.
Published: 01 September 2012
... British gentility to the Amazonian jungle where he is held captive and condemned to read Dickens to death? Greenberg’s claim—that Waugh’s comic satire collapses into the negative affective ter- ritory of the uncanny, a destination increasingly sought out by modern- ists as the new century wore on...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2004) 50 (2): v–viii.
Published: 01 June 2004
... termed Anglo-Indians along with special privileges of their in- between status, the popular literature of the British refused the uncanny connection between themselves and the Eurasians and exhibited considerable anxiety about this cultural and biological identification. The...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2007) 53 (4): 488–517.
Published: 01 December 2007
... calls the uncanny—anything we experience in adulthood that reminds us of earlier psychic stages or aspects of our unconscious life, but also of the primitive experience of the human species. Indeed, James seems to be experiencing what Stanley Cavell calls “the uncanniness of the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2005) 51 (4): 391–413.
Published: 01 December 2005
... ranging from the treatment of hysterical women to the interpretation of primordial myths.4 For my purposes, Freud’s most important discussion of silence comes at the end of his celebrated essay “The Uncanny” (1919), a text that proves especially illuminating here because of its impact on Harold...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2015) 61 (2): 147–172.
Published: 01 June 2015
..., would be powerfully good or powerfully evil and absolutely out of place here and now in Washington; it was uncanny” (39). Minifees’s own response to Washington amplifies McIntyre’s interpretation: “When I’m here , I never stop thinking about the difference between what it is and what it’s supposed...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2000) 46 (1): 34–55.
Published: 01 March 2000
... collapse of signification, a symbolic divestiture of the word, while there is a reciprocal investment in the purely vocal, as well as a gathering awareness throughout the text of the disruptive and uncanny power of sound. Simultaneously, the assumed impregnability of colonialism and the symbolic...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2006) 52 (2): 175–198.
Published: 01 June 2006
... a cultural repression/sublimation of the id, is a form of the same primal sadism as the id. The id/violence can be the radical core of the superego/ culture, an ominous example of Freud’s paradox of the uncanny: what seems the most alien can be the most familiar, and vice versa. In short, the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2012) 58 (4): 688–693.
Published: 01 December 2012
... Olwell 4); it emerges when the bound- aries of selfhood fail. Hence, Olwell shows, the genius of great men for Emerson lies less in their unique specificity than in their uncanny abil- ity to embody a larger collectivity, to be in this sense “representative” of something beyond themselves: “The man...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2014) 60 (2): 197–221.
Published: 01 June 2014
... embodies this undertaking, and it is from his interstitial recordings that a double does in fact emerge. Chaym Smith, whom Johnson himself refers to as the protagonist of Dreamer (“Lessons is a poor African American Chicagoan and King’s uncanny other. Although he appears identical to the minister...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2011) 57 (3-4): 391–422.
Published: 01 December 2011
... decay, repeat the most identifiable tropes and genres of the immediately preceding literary tradition, but do so in a manner that produces a sense of the uncanny.7 In the case of Look at Me, the effect of this uncanniness is to reintroduce resonances and specters of history into the novel’s form...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2004) 50 (2): 107–140.
Published: 01 June 2004
... disconcertingly familiar Eurasian is converted in fiction from proximate other to distant other; thereby relocating the anxiety generated by both the uncanniness of the Eurasian and the material threat this population posed to smooth colonial rule.1 A deeper and more historically nuanced investigation...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2004) 50 (1): 88–105.
Published: 01 March 2004
... “White Mar­ riage” envisions each of its domesticated spaces as a locus of pain and confusion, a “palace of strangers,” as she writes in part 2. This image of a “palace of strangers” evokes Freud’s “The Uncanny,” but it more specifi­ cally derives from Isaiah, itself a source for Eliot’s Waste...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2016) 62 (2): 231–239.
Published: 01 June 2016
... in its embrace of our shared responsibility to recognize those uncanny bodies, babbles, and echoes that demand care. 1 Berger draws here upon the work of Michael Bérubé who, in “Disability and Narrative” (2005), argues that disability studies’ suggestion to not read the representation of...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2018) 64 (3): 379–386.
Published: 01 September 2018
... memories as are triggered in Austerlitz are enigmatic, uncanny traces of experiences not his in the first place. Rather than failures of impressionism, they are failed impressions put to ingenious, evocative, postimpressionist, and postmodern uses. When Cunningham returns to Woolf herself in the third...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2011) 57 (2): 277–284.
Published: 01 June 2011
... been “too rarely appreciated” (39). The Darwin letter demonstrates, Pickard argues, how misunderstanding of Bishop’s relation to surrealism has led to misreadings of her poetry. He writes that “the Darwin Letter is really an attempt to reclaim aesthetic territory—the uncanny, the unexpected...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2013) 59 (4): 657–665.
Published: 01 December 2013
... is more complex—and in her reading of this portrait poem Dickey implicitly suggests an important link between Rossetti’s poetry and that of Robert Browning. Rossetti’s dramatic monologue “responds to a painted portrait as an uncanny mirror in which past and present, Beloved and self mingle...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2014) 60 (1): 119–127.
Published: 01 March 2014
..., “overdeveloping” (158) them as a source of literary insight while ignoring the rest of the texts, not to mention the rest of  Tutuola’s oeuvre. Kalliney sees this tendency as exemplifying an uncanny alignment between literary scholarship and “late colonial forms of economic development,” although again he...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2016) 62 (3): 271–288.
Published: 01 September 2016
... of animal existence often carries the unstated assumption that it can capture humans’ experience of the world” (2013, 26). Franz Kafka, Samuel Beckett, and Paul Auster are all skeptical of that assumption and each resorts to uncanny dehumanized creatures in their writing to subvert the privileging...