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. 50, No. 3, Fall

A Scattering of Salts: Merrill's Temporal Innocence
In A Scattering of Salts the return of innocence "with a difference" (Poems 651) (1) is Merrill's aim and his subject. This volume's poems seek ways to combine innocence and experience, to achieve a renewal of innocence that does not deny knowledge,...
Modernism and Disciplinary History: On H. G. Wells and T. S. Eliot
Gutman stopped whispering. His sleek dark eyes examined Spade's face, which was placid. The fat man asked: "Well, sir, what do you think of that?" "I don't know." The fat man smiled complacently. "These are facts, historical ...
Natural History and Epiphany: Elizabeth Bishop's Darwin Letter
Writing in his Autobiography about the joys of beetle collecting and, particularly, the pleasure of discovering a new species, Charles Darwin makes an interesting comparison: No poet ever felt more delighted at seeing his first poem published...
Welcome to the first issue of the book review section of Twentieth-Century Literature. Why has this section come into existence? Is there a need for it? Journals in other disciplines, such as history, offer review sections that span scholarship...
The Course of a Particular: On the Ethics of Literary Singularity
In Wallace Stevens's poem "The Course of a Particular," the cry of wintry leaves provokes a shift in mood from robust assurance that "one is part of everything" to a depleted sense of the world drained of meaning: The leaves cry. In the...
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