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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2018) 64 (4): 483–503.
Published: 01 December 2018
... difficulties of witnessing. Yet, as opposed to merely marking the limits of what can be witnessed, disgust offers an alternative, affective way of encountering the pain of others that still challenges the more soothing logic of mourning and meaning-making. It has a particular countermemorial capacity to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2016) 62 (4): 429–447.
Published: 01 December 2016
... weapon. In contrast to the privileging of bearing witness in post-Holocaust theories of language and suffering, this essay argues that Barker and Djebar ultimately suggest that, in the face of war’s atrocities, not speaking is an equally valuable act. Copyright © Hofstra University 2016 Algerian...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2017) 63 (4): 475–498.
Published: 01 December 2017
... “fastidiousness” that characterized her early poetry, to the conscious development of a capacity for witness that became her postwar concern. Copyright © 2017 Hofstra University 2017 detail ethics Jean Wahl Pontigny witness In a poetic career marked by a relative reluctance to issue general...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2008) 54 (2): 166–192.
Published: 01 June 2008
... subject that I want to pursue in Geoffrey Hill’s elegies. Focusing on volumes published in 1996 (Canaan) and before, and especially on the remarkable elegy “September Song,” I examine Hill’s poetics of elegiac witness as an attempt to give form to the subject’s radical singularity in...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2001) 47 (3): 293–324.
Published: 01 September 2001
... consequently qualified status of her testimony. Sophie is implied to be an unreliable witness, to speak lies, to betray herself rather than to be betrayed, to excuse herself rather than seek the truth, and so ultimately to be an agent of deceit rather than an agent for justice. In...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2004) 50 (4): 421–432.
Published: 01 December 2004
... ultimate aim of this redemption is to make a case for recovering the dialectic between the Particular and the Universal in Hegel’s conceptualization of the subject of history for the project of bearing witness to the traumatic past. Eisenstein’s vehicles for this agenda include Steven Spielberg’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2010) 56 (2): 168–195.
Published: 01 June 2010
... concerns of J. M. Coetzee’s oeuvre: how does the white South African subject, and by extension the white South African writer, respond to the crimes of apartheid in which he or she is biopolitically implicated? As Curren witnesses the eruptions of violence that occur during South Africa’s 1985–1989...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2005) 51 (2): 259–262.
Published: 01 June 2005
... because it does justice to the complexity and contradictions of human experience. These poets can be as ironic toward the past and 260 Review toward monuments and monument-making as their avant-garde peers and predecessors, but they also bear witness to the past in...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2016) 62 (3): 247–270.
Published: 01 September 2016
... impossible event is World War II, and its impossible witnessing maps onto its Irish setting: the country that missed the war. Set in a recognizable facsimile of south County Dublin, Watt at first glance might appear unconcerned with the war that raged during its composition, in which Ireland was...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2010) 56 (2): 196–220.
Published: 01 June 2010
... disavowed in psychoanalysis. In thus bearing witness to what inhabits Freudianism but remains unarticulated within it, The White Hotel can be understood in terms of Jean-François Lyotard’s postmodernism. For Lyotard, postmod- ernism performs a work of anamnesis on the language of modernity (for...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2015) 61 (4): 519–527.
Published: 01 December 2015
..., massacre, and atrocity, this moment in the twenty-first century presents us with challenges of literacy, epistemology, and ethical response. How can we resist consuming representations of mass and systemic violence as sensation and spectacle, and instead bear witness to the suffering of the disempowered...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2012) 58 (3): 377–398.
Published: 01 September 2012
... transgressor and the ‘normal’ self is crossed. The dreamer is no longer a passive witness. She is implicated” (Cox 60). Much like Enid, the narrator’s dreams in “Cortes Island” involve sexual transgression. In 387 Amelia DeFalco particular, the young caregiving narrator dreams of sexual acts...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2013) 59 (1): 79–103.
Published: 01 March 2013
... witness, Conrad’s 1911 novel, Under Western Eyes, depicts the underground dealings of administers and challengers of the Russian state as they travel across various geopo- litical, cultural, and linguistic terrains of Europe. Suggesting the central role testimony will play in this text, Conrad...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2000) 46 (4): 405–433.
Published: 01 December 2000
... privileged textual position of a witness grants him immunity. He is not an individual body susceptible to the disease but an incorporeal voice speaking for the dying and the dead. His identity is subsumed in his role of chronicler. As the novel progresses, all individual fears are leached out; all...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 September 2006) 52 (3): 249–274.
Published: 01 September 2006
... unchanging hold that his painful past has on his present. My argument, in short, rests on the belief that all of A Farewell to Arms must be considered in terms of traumatic aftereffects. Horrified participant and helpless witness, Frederic, along with his 251 Trevor Dodman traumatic exposure to...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2009) 55 (4): 634–639.
Published: 01 December 2009
... rejection of natural selection, so that what the final decades of the nineteenth century in fact witnessed is better characterized as a “non- Darwinian revolution.” Yet the 1890s was the period that witnessed the most intense debates. Glendening makes use of this more recent schol- arship in the...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 December 2010) 56 (4): 551–558.
Published: 01 December 2010
... with trauma, and such observations about the character of traumatic witnessing fuel many of Reichman’s analyses. What she adds to these established insights are the dual conclusions that law did not confront the onus to address widespread trauma prior to World War I and, moreover, that...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 June 2013) 59 (2): 196–231.
Published: 01 June 2013
... novel therefore does not replicate the conditions of large-scale catastrophe but instead those of an anxious, uncertain everyday in order to imagine a moral framework for bearing witness and responsibility in trauma’s ongoing wake. Kaja Silverman claims that historical trauma—whether a war, an...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2017) 63 (1): 94–101.
Published: 01 March 2017
... Everson’s play on declare / clarus / light in one of his poems, translating “word into light, light into word” (137), probably represents the spiritual heart of this book. Next comes a single poet, Gelpi’s longtime friend and colleague Adrienne Rich, whom Gelpi identifies with a “language of witness...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (1 March 2007) 53 (1): 67–73.
Published: 01 March 2007
... epigraph for a story of an assimilated, German-speak­ ing Jew who is forced to witness her daughter being fatally flung against an electrified fence by the Nazis. The Celan poem juxtaposes images of the “ashen-haired Shulamith,” whose name is associated with the Rose of Sharon, the “female emblem of...