Contemporary period of British Literature (Post Modern Period Continued) - 1980-Present

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Content:

  • concern with connections between people
  • exploring interpretations of the past
  • open-mindedness and courage that comes from being an outsider
  • escaping those ways of living that blind and dull the human spirit

Genres/Styles:

  • all genres represented
  • fictional confessional/diaries
    • 50% of contemporary fiction is written in the first person
  • narratives: both fiction and nonfiction
  • emotion-provoking
  • humorous irony
  • storytelling emphasized
  • autobiographical essays
  • mixing of fantasy with nonfiction; blurs lines of reality for reader

Effect:

  • too soon to tell

Historical Context:

  • a world growing smaller due to ease of communications between societies
  • a world launching a new beginning of a century and a millennium
  • media culture interprets values and events for individuals

Key Literature/Authors:

  • Seamus Heaney
  • Doris Lessing
  • Louis de Bernieres
  • Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Tom Stoppard
  • Salman Rushdie
  • John Le Carre
  • Ken Follett

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