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Contemporary Lit Timeline

Authors, Works, and Events
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Jessica Hessel

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1775-1783
America Revolution
1750
1800
1850
1900
1910
1920
1930
1940
1950
1960
1970
1990
Contemporary Literature Timeline
Jessica Hessel
2000
2010
Present
1787-1799
French Revolution
1791-1804
Haitian Revolution
1850’s-Present
International Anti-Slavery Movement
1845-1852
Potato famine in Ireland
1865-1900
Age of Realism (America)
1901-1914
Edwardian Period (Europe)
& Naturalism (America)
1910
South African Independence
1914
WWI begins
1917
Russian Revolution
1920’s
Women’s suffrage
1927
Chinese Liberation Army
1930s
The Great Depression begins
1939
WWII begins
1940’s
Harlem Renaissance
1914-1945
Modern Period
1945
WWII ends
(Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombed)
1947
British India
1950-Present
Post Modernism
1952-1970
Kenyan Modern Period
1959-1975
Vietnam War
1962
Cuban Missile Crisis
1967-1970
Biafran War
1973
Energy Crises begins
1979
Iranian Hostage Crises
1991
Soviet Union collapse
1992
L.A. Riots
1994-Present
(1815-1910) Dutch & British occupation in South Africa
2001-Present
War on Terrorism (September 11)
2007-Present
Global Warming Crisis
Andrew Lam
Alice Munro
Jamaica Kincaid
Seamus Heaney
Margaret Walker
Jean Rhys
Maxine Clair
Dannie Abse
Bharati Mukherjee
Ha Jin
Ted Hughes
Salman Rushdie
Chinua Achebe
Edwidge Danticat
Chitra Divakaruni
Nadine Gordimer
Desmond Egan
Suniti Namjoshi
Vivienne Plumb
Garrison Keillor
Rukhsana Ahmed
Grace Ogot
Vishwapriya Iyengar
Ken Saro-Wiwa
Filipino Writers
Maira Luisa B Aguilar-Carino
Eugene Gloria
Vince Gotera
1980
1980s-Present
Ugandan Civil Unrest
1981
AIDS first discovered
Edwidge Danticat
1969-Present
Haitian American
Wrote
oNew York Day Women - 1991
Writes of beleaguered nation where artists sometimes die for their boldness
Psychological, New Criticism
Literary Terms: Persona, imagery, first-person narrative
Seamus Heaney
1939-Present
Irish
Nobel Prize 1995
Wrote:
oDigging - 1969
New Criticism
Literary Terms: apologia pro vita sua, first-person narrative, pastoral, symbolism, conflict, visual imagery
Nadine Gordimer
1923-Present
South Afrian political activist
Nobel Prize 1991
Wrote
oOnce Upon a Time – 1994
Political, Deconstruction, New Criticism
Literary Terms: Prologue, double plot, irony, first-person narrative
Garrison Keillor
1942-Present
Radio Broadcaster
Wrote
oSweet, Sweet Corn
New Criticism, Deconstruction
Literary Terms: First-person narrative, humor, parody
Dannie Abse
1923-Present
Welsh
New Criticism, Deconstruction
Literary Terms: anthology, imagery, allusion, parallelism
Wrote
oWalking Under Water
oAsh on a Young Man’s Sleeve
oFire in Heaven
Ha Jin
1956-Present
Chinese
Wrote
oThe Bridegroom -1999
Chinese Communist and life under the party
Political, New Historical, Deconstruction, New Criticism
Literary Terms: First-person narrative, symbolism, setting
Alice Munro
1931-Present
Canadian
Studied at University of Western Ontario
Wrote
oFriend of My Youth - 1990
Exploration of human complexities
Psychological Criticism
Literary Terms: Mood, transformation, Third-person narrative, conflict, symbolism, Interior Monologue, catharsis
Maxine Clair
1934-2009
American
Wrote
oThe Creation - 1954
Political, New Historical, New Criticism
Literary Terms: first-person narrative, metaphor
Jamaica Kincaid
(Elaine Cynthia Potter Richardson)
1949-Present
Caribbean
Wrote
oMy Mother - 1996
Known for Paradox and Duality
Biographical, Psychological, New Criticism
Literary Terms: magic realism, characterization, catharsis, resolution, mood, symbolism, first-person narrative, dialogue, visual imagery, conflict
Margaret Walker
1915-1998
American
Wrote
oFor My People - 1942
Staying power of black women during war and community upheaval
Political, Biographical, Deconstruction, New Criticism
Literary Terms: audience, anthology, verbal irony, mood, symbolism, repetition, dramatic effect, resolution, style, visual imagery, conflict
Bharati Mukherjee
1940-Present
Indian American
Professor of English at Berkeley
Wrote
oThe Tenant - 1988
Immigrant experience in both Canada and the United States
Psychological, New Criticism, DeconstructionLiterary Terms: Third-person narrative, imagery
Salman Rushdie
1947-Present
British
Controversy after writing “The Satanic verses”, including assassinations attemptsWrote
o“Commonwealth Literature-does not exist" - 1983
Political, Biographical, Deconstruction, New Criticism
Literary Terms: Argumentative Essay, irony, tone, allusion
Chitra Divakaruni
1956-Present
India
Author, Poet, Professor of writing at University of Houston
Wrote
oWoman with Kite - 1992
Psychological, New Criticism, Biographical Criticism
Literary Terms: Imagery, Monologue
Suniti Namjoshi
1941-Present
India
Wrote
oThe Blue Donkey - 1990
Deconstruction, New Criticism
Literary Terms: Third-person narrative, Fable, style, imagery
Vishwapriya Iyengar
India
Wrote
oMidnight Soldiers - 1990
Political, Feminist, New Criticism
Literary Terms: Third-person narrative, personification, imagery
Ted Hughes
1930-1998
English
Poet and Children’s writer, married to Sylvia Plath. Questioned with the suicides of two wives
Wrote
oIncompatibilities
oThe Hawk in the Rain
oCrow: From the Life and the Songs of the Crow
Animals embody the irrational life force and “the world under the world”
Deconstruction, New Criticism
Literary Terms: Imagery, poetry, rhythm, alliteration, allusion
Grace Ogot
1934-Present
Uganda
Wrote
oThe Rain Came - 1968
New Criticism, Feminist, Deconstruction
Literary Terms: Third-person narrative, conflict, foreshadowing, dramatis personae, symbolism
Andrew Lam
1963-Present
Vietnamese American
Left Vietnam in 1975 with his family
Wrote
oGrandma Tales - 1996
Psychological Criticism
Literary Terms: Humor, First- Person narrative, autobiographical fiction, imaginative fiction, characterization, memoir
Chinua Achebe
1930-Present
Nigerian
Novelist, Poet, Professor, Critic
Wrote
oThings Fall Apart
oDead Men’s Path
Political, Biographical, Deconstruction, New Criticism
Literary Terms: Expository Essay, tone, irony
Ken Saro-Wiwa
1941-1995
Nigerian
Wrote
oAfrica Kills Her son - 1994
Political, Biographical, Deconstruction, New Criticism
Literary Terms: Internal monologue, First-person narrative, vernacular
Jean Rhys
1890-1979
British
Perse School for Girls, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Wrote
oThe Day They Burned the Books
Creates two worlds equally complex and dark
Biographical, New Criticism, Psychological Criticism
Literary Terms: symbolism, catharsis, visual imagery
Rukhsana Ahmed
Wrote
oThe Spell and the Ever Changing Moon - 1997
Feminist, New Criticism, Political Criticism
Literary Terms: Third-person narrative, imagery, magical realism
2006-The Book Thief
2003-The Kite Runner
Novels in class:
Markus Zusak
1975-Present
Australian
Wrote
oThe Underdog
oFighting Ruben Wolfe
oWhen Dogs Cry
oThe Messenger
oThe Book Thief
oBridge of Clay
Khalid Hosseini
1965-Present
Afghan-American
Moved to Paris, France but was unable to return to Afghanistan because of the Saur Revolution.
Went to Santa Clara University then University of California.
Practiced medicine until year and a half after The Kite Runner.
Wrote
oThe Kite Runner
oA Thousand Splendid Suns
A realistic view on Afghan culture
New Criticism, Biographical Criticism
Literary Terms: First-person narrative, Poetry, irony, imagery
Desmond Egan
1936-Present
Irish
Wrote
oHiroshima - 1999
Deconstruction, Political, New Criticism
Literary Terms: Imagery, personification, tone
Vivienne Plumb
1963-Present
New Zealand Poet
Wrote
oNefarious
Psychological, New Criticism, Deconstruction
Literary Terms: Third-person narrative, Magical realism, humor
Faye Moskowitz
Faye Moskowitz
1911-1989
American
Wrote
oJewish Christmas - 1990
Biographical Criticism
Literary Terms: memoir, symbolism, audience, mood, visual imagery, first-person narrative
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