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Other common relationships include a journal that is a supplement to another journal, a journal that is absorbed into another journal, a journal that splits into two or more new journals, or two or more journals that merge to form a new journal. For each of these related journals, the title history lists the dates published. A few scholars claim this period started at the end of World War II, and this is where the era’s pairing with postmodern literature comes in.

Flash fiction, short stories, slam poetry, plays, memoirs, and autobiographies can all be included in this category. Nonfiction is usually not classified as literature, but this era sometimes includes works of creative nonfiction, which tell a true story using literary techniques. $18.50.Can ten writers and critics make sense of the past 30 years’ proliferation of American fiction, drama, poetry, criticism, and intellectual thought, all in one book? It is a monumental undertaking, and our closeness to the subject makes it difficult to gain critical persepective. Daniel Hoffman, editor of the Harvard Guide to Contemporary American Writing, is assisted in this ambitious enterprise by an able group of literary scholars.

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.

“Atonement” , a family drama focused on repentance, won several awards and was made into a movie directed by Joe Wright . His work often focuses on closely observed personal lives in a politically fraught world. A former Fulbright scholar, she earned her doctorate at the University of Notre Dame, completing a dissertation on Henry James.

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