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. 4, Winter

Against Things: The At-Home Objects of Marianne Moore
From 1965 until her death in 1972, Marianne Moore lived at 35 West Ninth Street in Greenwich Village. Moore's Greenwich Village apartment brimmed with all sorts of interesting items: autographed baseballs, hand-carved elephants, and Venetian glass...
Modern American Abortion Narratives and the Century of Silence
"I finally found a doctor in West New York, New Jersey. The doctor was very sweet. He had pictures of crucifixes on the walls. It only cost $900. I went to a bank and took out a vacation loan. I am still paying it off." "I found two psychiatrists...
Nature, the Individual, and the Market in Norris and Dreiser
The essays in Herbert Spencer's 1884 treatise on politics and economics. The Man Versus the State, combine two justifications of the fire market, each of which also involves a specific view of nature. The first, a staple of classical liberalism, is...
Robert Frost, Live: Authenticity and Performance in the Audio Archive
But all the fun's in how you say a thing. --Robert Frost, "The Mountain." The most famous poetry reading in American history occurred on Friday January 20, 1961. On that bright and chilly morning, Robert Frost stood before a vast crowd assembled...
The Drama of Gender and Genre in Edith Wharton's Realism
Edith Wharton's depiction of the socially ambitious Undine Spragg's peregrinations through New York and French "society" suggests that The Custom oldie Country, like so many of Wharton's novels, is concerned with the boundaries separating social groups....