York Notes Companions: Postwar Literature

Best.Nr.
978-1-408-20474-0
Reihe
York Notes
Verlag
Longman
Produkttyp
Buch
Umfang
304 Seiten
Erschienen am
15.06.2010
Sprache
Englisch

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Abstract

The literature of the second half of the twentieth century is characterised by a tension between conservatism and innovation. This volume examines the key writers and genres that explore this idea, including the postmodern novels of Julian Barnes, Angela Carter and Graham Swift, the modern lyrics of Philip Larkin, Sylvia Plath and Stevie Smith, and the inventive dramas of Samuel Beckett, Caryl Churchill and Tom Stoppard. Chapters focussing on “Nostalgia and Nationality”, “Class and Education” and “Sex and Identity” provide important historical and social context, and combine with a range of key critical approaches to provide an indispensable guide to the era.

Description

The literature of the second half of the twentieth century is characterised by a tension between conservatism and innovation. This volume examines the key writers and genres that explore this idea, including the postmodern novels of Julian Barnes, Angela Carter and Graham Swift, the modern lyrics of Philip Larkin, Sylvia Plath and Stevie Smith, and the inventive dramas of Samuel Beckett, Caryl Churchill and Tom Stoppard. Chapters focussing on “Nostalgia and Nationality”, “Class and Education” and “Sex and Identity” provide important historical and social context, and combine with a range of key critical approaches to provide an indispensable guide to the era.

Backcover

Post-war Literature, 1950–1990

The York Notes Companion to Post-War Literature examines the literary developments of the latter 20th century, a period characterised by a tension between conservatism and innovation. Introducing key works and genres including the postmodern novels of Julian Barnes and Angela Carter, the modern lyrics of Philip Larkin and Sylvia Plath, and the inventive dramas of Samuel Beckett, Caryl Churchill and Tom Stoppard, the Companion offers detailed commentaries on texts and guides students through key literary theories and debates. Connecting texts with their historical and scholarly contexts, this is essential reading for any student of post-war literature. 

 

Each York Notes Companion provides:

  • Analysis  of key texts and debates  
  • Extended  commentaries for further in-depth analysis of individual texts  
  • Exploration  of historical, social and cultural contexts
  • Annotations clarifying literary terms and events in history
  • Modern  theoretical perspectives in practice  
  • Timelines  and annotated further reading

William May is a Research Fellow in Humanities at the University of Southampton.

Table Of Contents

Part One: Introduction.

 

Part Two: A Cultural Overview

 

Part Three: Texts, Writers and Contexts

 

The moral novel: William Golding, Iris Murdoch, Muriel Spark

Extended commentary: Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince (1978)

 

The postmodern novel: Julian Barnes, Angela Carter, Graham Swift

Extended commentary: Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus (1984)

 

The modern lyric: Philip Larkin, Sylvia Plath, Stevie Smith

Extended commentary: Stevie Smith, ‘Thoughts about the Person from Porlock’ (1962)

 

The bardic line: Tony Harrison, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes

Extended commentary: Tony Harrison, V. (1985)

 

Social dramas: Edward Bond, Caryl Churchill, John Osborne

Extended commentary: Caryl Churchill, Cloud Nine (1979)

 

New stages: Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard

Extended commentary: Harold Pinter, The Room(1960)

 

Part Four: Critical Theories and Debates

 

Nostalgia and nationality

 

Immigrants and exiles                

 

Class and education

 

Sex and identity

 

 

Part Five: References and resources

Timeline

 

Further reading

 

Index

Key Features

  • Analysis of key texts and debates
  • Extended commentaries provide further in-depth analysis of individual texts
  • Notes contain extra context and explanations of literary terms
  • Historical, social and cultural contexts explored in introductory chapters and alongside discussions
  • Modern critical theory and perspectives in practice
  • Timelines and annotated further reading

Author's biography

Dr William May is a lecturer in Humanities at the University of Southampton. He completed a doctorate on the work of Stevie Smith at Balliol College, Oxford, and lectured at Bath Spa, Roehampton and St. Anne's College, Oxford, before joining Southampton in 2008. He has published widely on postwar British literature, co-edited the interdisciplinary essay collection From Self to Shelf: The Artist Under Construction (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007), and recently published the monograph Stevie Smith and Authorship (OUP, 2010). His current research project, 'Setting Agendas', examines the relationship between contemporary British music and literature.