In his introduction Hoffman declares his goal to be to enlarge and enlighten the readership of contemporary American literature. The Harvard Guide is enlightening and has whetted my appetite to sample a dozen authors I have not previously encountered; for readers less familiar with contemporary American writing, the effect may be even more stimulating. 50 price, however, while not excessive for a volume of substance and elegance, may deter purchasers other than scholars and reference librarians. Much of contemporary literature comes from Western authors; however, the term is not synonymous with English or American literature, and this literary period can apply to written works from anywhere in the world. In fact, globalization opened the door to include contemporary works written by many literary figures in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Canadian author Margaret Atwood has numerous critically acclaimed novels to her credit.
John Updike’s Rabbit series used strong characters to portray post-war America. Although there are a few disagreements about the beginning of this literary period, the biggest dispute surrounds what qualifies a written work as literature. The word refers to both poetry and prose, where prose includes works of fiction such as novels and novellas, essays, and dramatic works. In order to be considered literature, a written work must uphold the highest writing standards and contain a particular beauty and style. Many literary works become socially relevant and have the power to influence the public. Elle Jay J.D. Salinger’s contemporary novel The Catcher in the Rye explored adolescent alienation.
Contemporary Literature publishes scholarly essays on contemporary writing in English, interviews with established and emerging authors, and reviews of recent critical books in the field. The journal welcomes articles on multiple genres, including poetry, the novel, drama, creative nonfiction, new media and digital literature, and graphic narrative. Contemporary Literature published the first articles on Thomas Pynchon and Susan Howe and the first interviews with Margaret Drabble and Don DeLillo; it also helped to introduce Kazuo Ishiguro, Eavan Boland, and J.
Determined to see works precisely and to see them whole, New Criticism dispensed with peripheral vision. Its finely myopic close readings are the antithesis of, say, Northrop Frye’s presbyopic, panoramic surveys of the whole body of literature with its underlying universal structures and mythic motifs. Frye, uninterested in the individual features that distinguish one work from another, searches out family resemblances. He approaches literature like Aristotle, prepared to classify “a system of organisms, picking out its genera and species, formulating the broad laws of literary experience. There is a totally intelligible structure of knowledge attainable about poetry which is not poetry itself, or the experience of it, but poetics.” Autonomy has shifted from the work of art to the act of criticism. Litz points out American criticism, like English, has traditionally been a pragmatic, “post facto process, in which the critic generalizes on.
Contains approximately 1,462 plays by 233 playwrights, together with detailed, fielded information on related productions, theaters, production companies, and more. The database also includes selected playbills, production photographs and other ephemera related to the plays. Some 600 of the plays are published here for the first time, including a number by major authors.
Some of her best-selling titles are “Oryx and Crake” , “The Handmaid’s Tale” , and “The Blind Assassin” . She is best known for her feminist and dystopian political themes, and her prolific output of work spans multiple genres, including poetry, short stories, and essays. She distinguishes her “speculative fiction” from science fiction because “science fiction has monsters and spaceships; speculative fiction could really happen.” Contemporary literature reflects current trends in life and culture, these things change often, contemporary literature changes as well. It reflects the author’s perspective and can come across as cynical. It questions facts, historical perspectives and presents two contradictory arguments side by side.