The Britannica Guide to World Literature: American Literature from 1945 Through Today, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1615302352
  • ISBN-13: 9781615302352
  • DDC: 810.9
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 288 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2011 | Published/Released April 2012
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2011

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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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Novels and Short Stories from 1945.
2: Realism and Metafiction.
3: Southern Fiction.
4: African American Literature.
5: New Fictional Modes.
6: The Influence of Raymond Carver.
7: Multicultural Writing.
8: Other Significant Novelists and Short-Story Writers of the Postwar Era.
9: Algren, Nelson.
10: Asimov, Isaac.
11: Banks, Russell.
12: Butler, Octavia E..
13: Cisneros, Sandra.
14: Chandler, Raymond.
15: Coover, Robert.
16: Delillo, Don.
17: Dick, Philip K..
18: Doctorow, E.L..
19: Ford, Richard.
20: Gaddis, William.
21: Gibson, William.
22: Hawkes, John.
23: Hijuelos, Oscar.
24: Kerouac, Jack.
25: King, Stephen.
26: Kingston, Maxine Hong.
27: Malamud, Bernard.
28: Mccarthy, Cormac.
29: Mccarthy, Mary.
30: Nin, Anaïs.
31: O’Brien, Tim.
32: Ozick, Cynthia.
33: Salinger, J.D..
34: Spillane, Mickey.
35: Stegner, Wallace.
36: Styron, William.
37: Wallace, David Foster.
38: Wolfe, Tom.
39: Poetry After World War II.
40: Formal Poets.
41: Experimentation and Beat Poetry.
42: Deep Image Poets.
43: New Directions.
44: Autobiographical Approaches.
45: Postwar American Drama.
46: Miller, Williams, and Albee.
47: The Off-Broadway Ascendancy.
48: Notable Dramatists of the Age, in Depth.
49: Literary Criticism and Theory from 1945.
50: Literary Biography and The New Journalism.
51: Theory.
52: Noteworthy Postwar Critics and Theorists.