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. 59, No. 3, Fall

A Future Not My Own: Thinking Aging in Two of Stevens's Winter Lyrics
I grow old ... I grow old ... I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled. --T. S. Eliot This sigh leads to a more difficult question: is living something that can be learned? or taught? Can one learn, through discipline or apprenticeship,...
"Clean Hands": Post-Political Form in Richard Powers's Gain
Richard Powers's 1998 novel Gain is composed of two main narratives: the nearly two-hundred year history of Clare, Inc., a fictional American corporation, and the story of the final few months in the life of Laura Bodey, a Lacewood, Illinois woman...
Editing Corpses in Evelyn Waugh's Hollywood
The origins of Evelyn Waugh's novel The Loved One (1948) are well known. Having traveled (reluctantly) to Hollywood in February 1947 to discuss a film version of his novel Brideshead Revisited with studio executives at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Waugh found...
Literary History and Its Incorporations
Counterculture Colophon: Grove Press, the Evergreen Review, and the Incorporation of the Avant-Garde by Loren Glass Stanford University Press, 2013. 272 pages Loren Glass's Counterculture Colophon offers a history of Grove Press and its offshoot,...
Modernism and the Orient
Modernism and the Orient edited by Zhaoming Qian University of New Orleans Press, 2012. 298 pages Nearly ten years ago, in the introduction to his seminal study Chinese Dreams: Pound, Brecht, Tel Quel, Eric Hayot noted--with some skepticism--the...
Musical Literature: Bridging the Gap between High and Low Art
The Great American Songbooks: Musical Texts, Modernism, and the Value of Popular Culture by T. Austin Graham Oxford University Press, 2013. 320 pages T. Austin Grahams The Great American Songbooks: Musical Texts, Modernism, & the Value...
"Seeing, Seeing, Seeing": Deafness, Knowledge, and Subjectivity in Elizabeth Bowen
In What is Posthumanism?, Cary Wolfe enlists Temple Grandin's account of her autism to critique reductive ideas of subjectivity. He quotes Oliver Sacks's comment that Grandin's first book was "unthinkable because it had been medical dogma for forty...
The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American
The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American by Min Hyoung Song Duke University Press, 2013. 284 pages Min Hyoung Song's The Children of 1965: On Writing, and Not Writing, as an Asian American is a book of remarkable...
"We Are All Geeks Now": Fantasy as a Mode of Social Practice in Disenchanted Modernity
As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality by Michael Saler Oxford University Press, 2012. 283 pages. While reading Michael Saler's As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality, I found...
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