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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 239–266.
Published: 01 September 2017
...Heather Arvidson This essay traces a critique of anti-sentimentalist leftist impersonality in the critically underestimated and best-selling novel The Unpossessed (1934). Tess Slesinger’s satire parodies the deadened affect that results from programmatic refusals of subjectivity and personal life...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (3): 237–238.
Published: 01 September 2017
...-acknowledged intersections between modernism and the 1930s left. One of the most exciting aspects of this essay is its astute representation of the language and structure of Slesinger’s novel as playing equal roles with characterization and narrative in making her implied argument. The Unpossessed...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (4): 663–687.
Published: 01 December 2012
... of working class empowerment, Tess Slesinger’s The Unpossessed (1934) bemoans abortion as the misogynist subterfuge of a defunct leftist-politics. The Unpossessed tells two interrelated stories: in one, a group of intellectu- als plan a Leftist magazine but don’t follow through; in the other, the wife...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (2): 150–170.
Published: 01 June 2000
... as a resuscitation of the romance novel (560). More recently, Thomas Frosch has read “the plot as a series of typical romantic structures, each one a version of the quest or hunt” (127), with Lolita the ultimately unpossessable object; Frosch has argued that by anticipating the reader’s mocking...