Twentieth Century Literature

A quarterly journal of scholarly literary criticism publishing refereed papers on all aspects of twentieth-century literature, including English-language essays on literature in other languages.

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 3, Fall

Caretakers/caregivers: Economies of Affection in Alice Munro
For many critics, care represents a welcome alternative to prescriptive patriarchal ethics, which tend to involve abstract principles and rules that have little relevance to the day-to-day lives of individual subjects. Indeed, the ethics of care is...
Elizabeth Bishop's Geographic Feeling
In one entry of W. H. Auden's "Journal of an Airman," the airman calculates the space that an individual life might cover: "A man occupies about 6 ft. in space and 70 years in time. Assuming the velocity of light to be 186,000 miles a second, then...
Handwriting, Analysis
MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus (Book + DVD-R) by Art Spiegelman Pantheon Books. 2011. 300 pages Graphic Women: Life Narrative & Contemporary Comics by Hillary L. Chute Columbia University Press. 2010. 297 pages ...
Is Postmodern Fiction Da Bomb?
On Endings: American Postmodern Fiction and the Cold War Novels of Exile and Alternate Worlds by Daniel Grausam Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011.196 pages One might summarize the argument of Daniel Grausam's book On Endings...
Letting Moses Go: Hurston and Reed, Disowning Exodus
In the introduction to a 1992 edition of Legends of the Bible, Louis Ginzberg's collection of Jewish lore. Shalom Spiegel defines "legend" by describing the persistent allure of Hebrew scripture to new readers: "legend may be taken to imply whatever...
Modernism, Satire, and the Novel
by Jonathan Greenberg Cambridge University Press, 2011. 220 pages The first line of Jonathan Greenberg's chapter "Laughter and Fear in A Handful of Dust" is one of my favorites: "In Evelyn Waugh's universe, life is nasty, British, and short"...
O'Hara, Blackness, and the Primitive
Since the publication of Brad Gooch's City Poet: The Lye and Times of Frank O'Hara (1993), those who care to know about the poet's personal life will know that O'Hara had an interest in sexual encounters with seemingly heterosexual African-American...
Reading Hypothetically
Virginia Woolf's Essayism by Randi Saloman Edinburgh University Press, 2012. 224 pages Randi Saloman's Virginia Woolf's Essayism is a valuable, provocative work, both for its theoretical postulates (which, if not wholly convincing to this...
The Grace of the Daily
The Poetics of the Everyday: Creative Repetition in Modern American Verse by Siobhan Phillips Columbia University Press, 2010.319 pages Readers of Siobhan Phillips's Poetics of the Everyday will find her insights about the ordinary opportunities...
Women, Slavery, and the Problem of Freedom in Wide Sargasso Sea
because I'm really a Savage Individualist. --Rhys (Letters 275) Jean Rhys's presentation of the post-Emancipation Jamaican setting of Wide Sargasso Sea as one of despair subverts a conventional, progressive conception of history: that the end...