Contemporary period of American Literature - 1980s-Present

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Contemtory is a continuation of Postmodernism

Content:

  • identity politics
  • people learning to cope with problems through communication
  • people's sense of identity is shaped by cultural and gender attitudes
  • emergence of ethnic writers and women writers

Style:

  • narratives: both fiction and nonfiction
  • anti-heroes
  • concern with connections between people
  • emotion-provoking
  • humorous irony
  • storytelling emphasized
  • autobiographical essays

Effect:

  • too soon to tell

Historical Context:

  • people beginning a new century and a new millennium
  • media culture interprets values

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