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. 53, No. 4, Winter

"Massed Ambiguity": Fatness in Henry James's the Ivory Tower
[T]hat they are each the particular individual of the particular weight being of course of the essence of my donnee. They are interesting that way--I have no use for them here in any other. --Henry James, notes for The Ivory Tower (221)...
Modernism, Dead or Alive
Modernism: The Lure of Heresy by Peter Gay NewYork: W.W. Norton, 2007. 610 pages The word modernism no longer calls to mind a simple singular aesthetic or a particular set of ideas. To think about what it means is to ask: Whose modernism?...
The Seduction of Argument and the Danger of Parody in the Four Quartets
It is a very good sign when the harmonious bores are at a loss about how they should react to this continuous self-parody, when they fluctuate endlessly between belief and disbelief until they get dizzy and take what is meant as a joke...
"Things That Happen and What We Say about Them": Speaking the Ordinary in DeLillo's the Names
Near the end of Don DeLillo's The Names, Owen Brademas is recounting his childhood experience with glossolalia. The scene is a charismatic church in the Midwest; his parents are full of the Spirit, but he himself cannot summon a spiritual tongue, and...
"Thinking Strictly Prohibited": Music, Language, and Thought in "Sirens"
Taking their cue from the novelist's comments to Frank Budgen that he composed "Sirens" using "the technical resources of music" (Ellmann 459), many theorist-critics have written about "musicality" in Joyce. These writers locate in "musical" feeling...
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