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Twentieth-Century Literature (2001) 47 (3): 293–324.
Published: 01 September 2001
... responses to trauma. On the other hand, her responses to trauma are virtually indistinguishable from the indiffer­ ence that has long characterized stereotypes of loose women—such as in T. S. Eliot’s portrayal of an indifferent typist whose lover’s lewd caress­ es go, disturbingly, “unreproved...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2017) 63 (2): 141–166.
Published: 01 June 2017
..., and the eroticization of infantilized women. We might liken the queer subversive potential of Margherita’s s/m to Lee Edelman’s articulation of “queer negativity” in No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive (2004), which theorizes “queer negativity” as an oppositional practice disrupting the heteronormative social...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (3): 317–346.
Published: 01 September 2018
... ’s story “An Unwritten Novel” indicates that the role of the female artist, in particular, is also to surveil other women in an effort to reveal their hidden lives and thereby achieve a more naturalistic expression of character. As the title suggests, this story works as a kind of prospectus, a novel...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (4): 688–693.
Published: 01 December 2012
... received a masculine pronoun, Ol- well shows that the ideas here took on especial meaning for many women writers both in his own era and beyond. As she argues, if genius was less about rationality and autonomy than “spontaneity, intuition, instinct, and attenuated personal agency” (18), then women...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2019) 65 (1-2): 97–120.
Published: 01 March 2019
... representations of transnational exchanges, exploring to what extent women migrants achieve agency in the complex world of multicultural transactions. Nadja Tesich’s Native Land chronicles its protagonist’s visit to Yugoslavia right before the war, after she has lived in the United States for many years...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2018) 64 (1): 111–119.
Published: 01 March 2018
..., as an escapist medium divorced from the concerns of the “real world”; rather, contemporary critics recognize that espionage narratives have something important to say (and show) about culture, history, politics, race, gender, sexuality, and the experience of modernity in general. Oliver S. Buckton’s...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (3): 275–305.
Published: 01 September 2006
..., suggesting that, along with a more reciprocal relationship to the environment, another casualty of the epochal shift from primary oral- ity to literacy was the loss, for women, of some sexual and social agency. For example, when Jeannine gives birth and her daughter is taken from her and presented...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (1): 61–91.
Published: 01 March 2006
... by evaluative judgments about gender, as Andreas Huyssen has famously argued in linking mass culture to woman as “modernism’s Other” (44).This is not to claim that men were victims of these forces, or that they suffered more than women from authorial anxieties or gender-based cultural pressures...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2000) 46 (1): 20–33.
Published: 01 March 2000
...Joshua Jacobs Joyce’s Epiphanic Mode: Material Language and the Representation of Sexuality in Stephen Hero and Portrait J o s h u a J a c o b s ames Joyce’s transformations of themes, language, and characters from one of his own works...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (4): 359–384.
Published: 01 December 2021
..., maybe, or happiness—then fleeing the moment either seems to be on offer. Indeed, Quicksand ’s contemporary reviewers reacted in much the same way as my students. Then, as now, the frustration stems from Helga’s inexplicable choices. The novelist Wallace Thurman’s review, published in the short-lived...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2014) 60 (4): 455–480.
Published: 01 December 2014
... coalition would be masculinist; echoing priorities established in the New Deal era, most War on Poverty 457 Stephen Schryer programs targeted unemployed young men. In practice, many of the War on Poverty’s meager benefits accrued to poor women; one of the Great Society’s chief effects...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2006) 52 (1): 96–105.
Published: 01 March 2006
... creativity. (8) She takes the postcolonial position that argues for the destabilization of the reductive oppositions of oppressor and victim (as these categories further deny the supposed victims all rights to subjectivity, agency, and voice) and uses it on behalf of white women colonials who...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2013) 59 (1): 37–78.
Published: 01 March 2013
... inconsistencies,” especially the “intrusion of formal style and language into dialect verse” (36), these irregularities “force” readers to question whether McKay “fully trust[s] dialect to convey accurately the meaning the author hopes to express” (37). Hathaway deems McKay’s modulation from dialect forms...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2010) 56 (4): 437–461.
Published: 01 December 2010
... as the quintes- sential modernist experience and testifies to the restrictions imposed on cosmopolitan mobility for women and ethnic minorities. As such, Quartet provides a case study for competing models of modernist cosmopolitanism as Rhys exposes the privileged forms of cosmopolitanism enabled...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2007) 53 (1): 88–91.
Published: 01 March 2007
... and a matter of increasing social exigency. In this chapter Weinbaum juxtaposes Darwin’s Sexual Selection with Freud’s essay “The Aetiology of Hysteria” to demonstrate how “racialization is intimately bound up with women’s sexual agency and wayward desire” (171). In the case of Darwin, female...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2004) 50 (2): 107–140.
Published: 01 June 2004
... discourse are revealed in the rhetoric itself. Immediately, when Laurence claims “one can’t blame” these earlier Europeans who decided to mate with Indian women, “one” is forced to ask: who, then, are we to blame? The answer suggested earlier by Laurence s own account of the Eurasian’s flaws...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2021) 67 (3): 317–344.
Published: 01 September 2021
...-class household economy—Le Sueur can attend to the experiences of poor and working-class women that much proletarian literature neglected. 14 At the same time, The Girl ’s feminist proletarian narrative launches a critique of sentimentalism’s investment in the home by adapting its forms...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2012) 58 (1): 90–116.
Published: 01 March 2012
....” In this movement, desired and radically unsettling, Dove locates both the “I”’s instability and its agency. In “Genetic Expedition,” the speaker’s self-description as a black woman with a white German husband and a child matches that of other poems in Grace Notes and Dove’s biography, tempting us...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (2): 193–218.
Published: 01 June 2003
... and poet Rachel Blau DuPlessis ar­ gues in “Corpses of Poesy” and elsewhere that the muse tradition, which codes the poetic voice as male, erases the agency of women and the spec­ ificity of real women’s experiences. Certainly Vivien’s fate can be de­ scribed as a kind of erasure...
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Twentieth-Century Literature (2003) 49 (4): 449–471.
Published: 01 December 2003
... in it. As Henri Lefebvre has remarked, space is “a product to be used, to be consumed, [but] . . . also a means of production” (85; Lefebvre s emphasis). Spaces and places become signifying systems that are the conditions of possibility for the subjects inhabiting them. These observations...