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. 62, No. 3, September

Beckett in Purgatory: "Unspeakable" Watt and the Second World War
In Canto III of the Inferno, just outside the gates of Hell, Dante is overwhelmed by a cacophony of cries, "such a commotion of groans and wails of woe ... outlandish tongues, and accents doloroso" that he weeps "from sheer bewilderment." "Master,...
Collectivism and Thatcher's "Classless" Society in British Fiction and Film
There was a square of cardboard in the window where the glass had been smashed. During the night one corner had worked loose and scraped against the frame whenever the wind blew" (Barker [1982] 1999, 9). Like many other novels of the early 1980s, Pat...
Committed Styles: Modernism, Politics, and Left-Wing Literature in the 1930s
Committed Styles: Modernism, Politics, and Left-Wing Literature in the 1930s, by Benjamin Kohlmann. Oxford University Press, 2014. 228 pages. As Benjamin Kohlmann argues in Committed Styles: Modernism, Politics, and Left-Wing Literature in the 1930s,...
Dogdom: Nonhuman Others and the Othered Self in Kafka, Beckett, and Auster
Anthropocentricism, in some sense, is logically unavoidable," the philosopher David Wood writes: "Any account we come up with of 'our' relation to 'animals' will be from 'our' point of view" (1999, 19-20). Descriptions and depictions of nonhuman animals,...
Metalepsis and the Author Figure in Modernist and Postmodernist Fiction
This paper traces instances of metalepsis in Vladimir Nabokov's Bend Sinister (1947), John Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman (1969), J. M. Coetzee's Slow Man (2005), and Karin Fossum's Broken (2006). Contrary to the accepted critical view that...
Optical Impersonality: Science, Images, and Literary Modernism
Optical Impersonality: Science, Images, and Literary Modernism, by Christina Walter. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. 352 pages. Fashioning a foundational book within contemporary modernist studies is a rare occurrence, especially when the...
The Ecology of Modernism: American Environments and Avant-Garde Poetics
The Ecology of Modernism: American Environments and Avant-Garde Poetics, by Joshua Schuster. University of Alabama Press, 2015. 232 pages. Joshua Schuster's The Ecology of Modernism: American Environments and Avant-Garde Poetics may prove to be...
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