Contemporary Literature Research Collection

Knowledge of historical context makes one more tolerant of art forms in outmoded styles. Over 10,000 books, periodicals, recordings, and photographs by and about African Americans. The collection has particular concentrations in children’s literature, cooking, and African American women.

Without stability or continuity of character, communication between characters is impossible; without communication there is no interaction between people, and without interaction, no shared memory. Without memory, there is no sense of causation, of one thing leading to another. The fear of involvement springing from a precarious hold on the self is acutely, paradoxically voiced by Nabokov’s Pnin.

Over 6,000 works of fiction—novels, short stories, poetry and song donated by Penn alumna Caroline Schimmel, CW’67. Designed and built with the needs of the entire new play sector in mind, the mission of the New Play Exchange is to provide an open, egalitarian platform on which writers all over the world can share their work and others can discover that work. Michael Chabon is no refugee, of course, but Joe Kavalier is, and his story was to me the most compelling and memorable part of this popular novel. Joe lands in New York City as a 19-year-old Jewish refugee from Nazi-occupied Prague, and he spends the entirety of the book trying to get his family—in particular his little brother—to safety in America. Mor November 23, 2013 @irontoenail – We haven’t gone past it though. I know it might seem a bit weird, because you might think that books written directly after World War Two have nothing in common with books written last year, but they have a lot more in common with each other than with books that came before them.

The novel was a bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award. This popular novel tells the story of a young Nigerian refugee and the English woman whose life she changes when she shows up after two years behind razor wire in a detention center—and after their first horrific meeting on an African beach. There’s a lot of horror in this book, yes, but there’s a lot of goodness, too. Another parable about a dictatorship that was banned by its country of origin, written by an author author who wound up seeking asylum elsewhere—go figure.

Some back issues of Contemporary Literature are available online as part of a paid subscription. Anyone may view TOC’s, abstracts, and a sample issue for free at Access may also be purchased on a limited term basis for a specific article or issue. Online access to Contemporary Literature is available as part of the Project MUSE collections.

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.

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