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Contemporary Literature

Without stability or continuity of character, communication between characters is impossible; without communication there is no interaction between people, and without interaction, no shared memory. Without memory, there is no sense of causation, of one thing leading to another. The fear of involvement springing from a precarious hold on the self is acutely, paradoxically voiced by Nabokov’s Pnin.

Some back issues of Contemporary Literature are available online as part of a paid subscription. Anyone may view TOC’s, abstracts, and a sample issue for free at cl.uwpress.org. Access may also be purchased on a limited term basis for a specific article or issue. Online access to Contemporary Literature is available as part of the Project MUSE collections.

Over 6,000 works of fiction—novels, short stories, poetry and song donated by Penn alumna Caroline Schimmel, CW’67. Designed and built with the needs of the entire new play sector in mind, the mission of the New Play Exchange is to provide an open, egalitarian platform on which writers all over the world can share their work and others can discover that work. Michael Chabon is no refugee, of course, but Joe Kavalier is, and his story was to me the most compelling and memorable part of this popular novel. Joe lands in New York City as a 19-year-old Jewish refugee from Nazi-occupied Prague, and he spends the entirety of the book trying to get his family—in particular his little brother—to safety in America. Mor November 23, 2013 @irontoenail – We haven’t gone past it though. I know it might seem a bit weird, because you might think that books written directly after World War Two have nothing in common with books written last year, but they have a lot more in common with each other than with books that came before them.

The novel was a bestseller and a finalist for the National Book Award. This popular novel tells the story of a young Nigerian refugee and the English woman whose life she changes when she shows up after two years behind razor wire in a detention center—and after their first horrific meeting on an African beach. There’s a lot of horror in this book, yes, but there’s a lot of goodness, too. Another parable about a dictatorship that was banned by its country of origin, written by an author author who wound up seeking asylum elsewhere—go figure.

Leo Braudy’s discussion of “Realists, Naturalists and Novelists of Manners” and Mark Shechner’s of Jewish-American writers are distinguished for incisive thinking and fine writing. Braudy remarks a considerable narrowing of the scope of naturalism post World War II, though the yearning for a total vision of American remains. Braudy distinguishes the novel of manners from the naturalist novel by the former’s emphasis on a realism that is internal or psychological, rather than external; it makes up in depth what it lacks in scope.

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