The Oxford Guide to Contemporary World Literature

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John Sturrock
Oxford University Press, 1997 - Literature, Modern - 492 pages
Keeping track of contemporary writing can be difficult. What are the recent developments in Chinese or Israeli fiction? What has happened to poetry in Russia since the fall of Communism? Are we even up to date with the best novels or plays of English-speaking countries around the world? Everyyear, so much is published which we feel we should know about, that there's a strong need for a volume to evaluate it and put us on the track of what is best worth reading. This new Guide--the only work of its kind to cover world literature of the last thirty-five years--does just that: intwenty-eight lively and trenchant chapters it assesses the most important and interesting literary developments in all five continents.Taking 1960 as its starting-point, and coming right up to date, the book explores the recent writing of cultures as various as Australian and Spanish-American, French, Japanese, and Czech, Indian and New Zealand--and of course American, English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh. Each chapter discussesthe literary and cultural contexts for authorship in its particular area, throwing light on a great number of significant writers--including household names such as Mishima, Toni Morrison, Derek Walcott, Patrick White, and Gunter Grass, but setting alongside them many others who may be less familiarbut whose work is often just as well worth reading. Combining hard information with intelligent opinion, the Guide offers a discriminating--and sometimes controversial--view of a broad range of contemporary literatures.Anyone interested in the state of world literature today will find the Oxford Guide to Contemporary World Literature a fascinating and essential reference book.
 

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First of all, the title: you will NOT find Dutch, Belgian, or any Balkan works considered. Secondly, the articles are all by separate people, and are Very uneven in periods covered, and quality. Time ... Read full review

Contents

African Countries JEREMY HARDING I
22
Australia PETER CRAVEN
39
4 Brazil JOHN GLEDSON
56
Canada SANDRA DJWA
66
6 China Taiwan and Hong Kong ALISON BAILEY
83
Czech Republic and Slovakia IGOR HAJEK
101
England JAMES WOOD
113
France JOHN TAYLOR
142
Japan MARK MORRIS
268
New Zealand IAIN SHARP
284
Poland GEORGE HYDE WITH WIESLAW POWAGA
301
Portugal MARIA GUTERRES
311
Russia ROBERT PORTER
321
Scandinavia JANET GARTON
340
Scotland KASIA BODDY
361
Spain ABIGAIL LEE srz
377

GermanSpeaking Countries RHYS WILLIAMS
165
Greece PETER MACKRIDGE
184
Hungary RICHARD ACZEL
194
India RICHARD CRONIN
204
14 Ireland PATRICIA CRAIG
221
Israel BRYAN CHEYETTE
238
16 Italy PETER HAINSWORTH
250
Spanish America MICHAEL WOOD
391
26 United States WENDY LESSER
406
Wales NED THOMAS
432
West Indies AL CREIGHTON
447
Index
467
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John Sturrock is Consulting Editor of the London Review of Books, and former Deputy Editor of the Times Literary Supplement.

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