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. 41, No. 1, Spring

City Limits: Reading Gender and Urban Spaces in 'Ulysses.'
"Space: what you damn well have to see." Clearly Ulysses, the modern city novel par excellence, is a multifaceted exploration of space; as Stephen thinks near the beginning of "Scylla and Charybdis," one has to "see" space. But who is this "you" and...
Color and Light: Huxley's Pathway to Spiritual Reality
Unlike modern British writers such as T. S. Eliot and Evelyn, Waugh, Aldous Huxley did not convert to a specific religious community indigenous to Western culture; however, his entire life embraced a consciousness-expanding search for ultimate reality...
Hearing Is Believing: Southern Racial Communities and Strategies of Story-Listening in Gloria Naylor and Lee Smith
In Southern communities the compelling need "to talk, to tell"(1) can inspire numerous -- if not untold -- types of oral performances. As with almost any folk community, Southern stories can range from trickster tales to personal experience narratives...
Hunger Art: The Novels of Anita Brookner
I read Anita Brookner with chagrin and fascination. I have never before been addicted to a writer with whose values and vision I so consciously disagree. Every time a new Brookner novel is published, I buy it the day it arrives -- in hard cover, no...
Marketing Insults: Wyndham Lewis and the Arthur Press
Many of the modernist writers had to resort to unusual measures to publish and distribute their work. While the publishing history of the works that came to dominate the academic canon of twentieth-century English literature is fairly well known,...
'Mrs' Dalloway': Portrait of the Artist as a Middle-Aged Woman
If the nature of the artist is to transmute personal experience and feeling into a public act, Clarissa Dalloway is certainly an artist, and Virginia Woolf's novel a portrait of the artist as a woman in middle age. The fundamental action of Mrs. Dalloway...
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