Literary Lens

Modern Literature

Popular Modernism has a place between 1900 to the 1920s.  It introduced disjointed timelines and tried to make sense of a broken world during the WWI era.  Modernist writers moved beyond the limitations of Realism into stream of conciousness.  Many works reflect spiritual loneliness, alienation, frustration and disillusionment.  These writers consist of Thomas Hardy, Rupert Brooke, Siegried Sassoon, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf.

Post Colonial Texts

Post Colonial Texts consist of the literature from de-colonization.  Typically, narratives consist of the struggle to adapt from their native culture into the new, dominant culture.  These writers consist of Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong’o and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Post-Modern Literature

Experimentation is the best way to describe Post Modernism.  This form of Post WWII literature encouraged authors to write in fragmentation and multi-layered narratives.  Famous Post Modern writers are Thomas Pynchon, William Gibson and Karen Yamashita.

Masculinities

American Masculinities cover the U.S. East to West movement, male bonding and various male outlaw activities. Popular novels are On The Road by Jack Kerouac,  Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk and The Viginian by Owen Wister.

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