American Literature from 1945 Through Today

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Overview

Perhaps the most defining characteristic of American literature composed after World War II is the rejection of conventional form and structure with its increasingly uninhibited and experimental style. Embracing works from previously marginalized groups like African Americans and women and ushering in new genres, contemporary American literature has progressively begun to mirror the American population in diversity and versatility. In this volume, readers are invited to think critically about the social issues and ideas that are as much a part of modern American life as they are of modern American literature.
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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Amanda MacGregor
This volume, from a seven-book series examining primarily English and American literature, views literature within its social context—how life around authors informed and shaped their writing. American Literature from 1945 Through Today covers a wide span of authors and genres. Such topics as absurdism, the beat poets, metafiction, Southern fiction, Off-Broadway, literary criticism and theory, and black humor are explored. The wider range of background and viewpoints of writers in this time period brought about more literature from feminists, Jews, homosexuals, and African Americans. Some of the authors examined include Flannery O'Connor, James Baldwin, Kurt Vonnegut, Joyce Carol Oates, Jack Kerouac, and J. D. Salinger. The use of black-and-white illustrations and photographs does little to break up the large blocks of dense, dry text. The vast amounts of time and diverse genres covered tend to make the text read as an unending stream of names, dates, and titles of works. While it is unlikely any reader will want to slog through the whole volume at once, those looking to find information on a specific writer or genre will be well served here but will not find anything that a basic online search could not provide. (The Britannica Guide to World Literature) Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615301331
  • Publisher: Rosen Publishing Group, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 8/15/2010
  • Series: The Britannica Guide to World Literature
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 235
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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