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Contemporary Literature

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Soniya Surani

on 10 February 2011

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Transcript of Contemporary Literature

Contemporary Literature 1940 - Present Historical context World War II Pearl Harbor Holocaust The Cold War Vietnam War 9/11 Cultural
Influences The
Movement Brown v.
Board of
Education Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Act of 1964 Ideas of
the age The American Dream Beatniks: a United States youth subculture of the 1950s; rejected possessions or regular work or traditional dress; for communal living and psychedelic drugs and anarchism; favored modern forms of jazz (e.g., bebop) Jack Kerouac Allen Ginsberg Literature
of the
times Modern
Drama Dramatists Arthur Miller
Tennesse Williams
Thorton Wilder
Lorraine Hansberry Civil Rights
Protest Literature questioned authority & tradition
delievered message of justice
examined race and quality
reflected African American experience
showed diverse viewpoints MLK Jr. Malcolm X A Mosaic
of American
Votes current outpouring from writers
of various ethnicities
new appreciation for diversity
universal themes, yet rooted in culture Responses
to War John Hersey
John Steinbeck
Elie Wiesel
Joseph Heller
Kurt Vonnegut modernist
style Answers 1. MLK
2. Six Million
3. Isolationism
4. Linda Parish
5. American Dream
6. Vietnam War
7. Tennessee Williams
8. Malcolm X and King
9. Civil Rights Act
10. Night
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