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The narrowing scope of naturalism presages the balkanization of contemporary literature, its subdivision into categories such as Jewish, black, women’s, or gay fiction— most of which provide chapter topics for the Harvard Guide. Mark Flanagan is a book reviewer and writer with over 15 years of experience. He’s also the founder of Run Spot Run, a website dedicated to reviewing contemporary literature. Twentieth-Century and Contemporary American Literature in Context provides wide coverage of authors, works, genres, and movements that are emblematic of the diversity of modern America.

In this horrifyingly prescient, distinctly Orwellian novel, a Syrian writer is silenced for refusing to contribute to a system of propaganda in service to the unnamed dictator of an unnamed country—but he can’t be silenced entirely. In some ways I wonder whether the rise of other forms of media were the most important aspect of this change though. Even what we would call literature had to move with the times or it wouldn’t survive. Single articles may be purchased online at or through the JSTOR archive.

It includes literature written after World War Two through the present and includes several unique identifying characteristics. Although difficult to comprehensively define, some of the most obvious characteristics include multiple narrators, literature that comments upon itself, a mixture or pastiche of subjects and genres, and experimentation with form and structure. Bringing together postwar German, Israeli, and Anglo-American literature, Eshel traces a shared trajectory of futurity in world literature. He begins by examining German works of fiction and the debates they spurred over the future character of Germany’s public sphere.

Daniel Hoffman has done a fine job of editing and organizing the Harvard Guide overall, but his own chapters on contemporary poetry are confusing and somewhat chaotic. By his account contemporary poetry is even more tribal and subdivided than other literary areas and so even harder to map. A second chapter, “Schools of Dissidents,” surveys schools such as Black Mountain, the West Coast Beats, and the New York School; a third, “Dissidents from Schools,” discusses poets belonging to no group. Among such loner poets are Ammons, Dickey, Hecht, Hollander, Kinnell, and Swenson. Hoffman’s distinction between organized and unorganized “dissidents” is blurred, however. Raw and cooked poetry are served up side by side; beats and academics rub shoulders.

What has been written.” Criticism nowadays is intensely theoretical, witness the Yale School of Hartman, Bloom, and De Man, which has founded its structuralism on continental models, Lacan and Derrida. This is regrettable because criticism, by its nature, is not autonomous; it must be criticism of something. In some cases, it’s difficult to agree on what constitutes “contemporary” literature. Genres included in this literary period span a variety of writing forms in addition to novels and poetry.

The postmodern era began after WWII, in the 1940s, and lasted through the 1960s. Not every article in a journal is considered primary research and therefore “citable”, this chart shows the ratio of a journal’s articles including substantial research in three year windows vs. those documents other than research articles, reviews and conference papers. International Collaboration accounts for the articles that have been produced by researchers from several countries.

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