Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) Illustrated Edition
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About the Author
Robert Eaglestone, Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought, Royal Holloway, University of London
Robert Eaglestone is Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is Deputy Director (and formerly Director) of the Holocaust Research Centre. His research interests are in contemporary literature and literary theory, contemporary philosophy, and on Holocaust and genocide studies. He is the author of Doing English: A Guide for Literature Students (third revised edition) (Routledge, 2009).
- Item Weight : 4.1 ounces
- Paperback : 144 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0199609268
- ISBN-13 : 978-0199609260
- Product Dimensions : 6.7 x 0.4 x 4.3 inches
- Publisher : Oxford University Press; Illustrated Edition (October 1, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #212,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I loved about this book was its inclusiveness and lack of snobbery. Honestly, I quite fell in love with Eaglestone (best last name ever) and his lack of bravado and grandiosity. He shares simply and to the point (which I adored) how the modern writers and post-modern writers influenced the post-post-modern writers (I love the redundancy of post-post modern. How fitting.) He talks of what exactly the genre is, which is this wonderfully blurred-boundary genre that includes thoughtful historical novels and, of course, novels set in contemporary times, how the term contemporary fiction itself is a tad of a misnomer. Oh, I'm not doing the book justice, because it is very informational and just plain grounded. Loved it.
At the risk of falling into the quick judgment trap that the author cautions against, this reader will quickly make a snap judgment to opine that more care and craft should be taken in a review of contemporary literature that this small volume contains. In no way did it excite me about the possibilities of further reading in that genre. This being said, the design of the small pocket-ready book is delightful with blurbs that serve as bookmarks and a small format for on-the-go reads. The author’s chapter about contemporary literary criticism is interesting and informed.||This book is less about the novel in 2013 than the historical basis unpinning such work. The author also has a jaded look at a novel’s potential influence; “It won’t stop global warming, nor will it prevent torturers from maiming or killing their victims.” Indeed, these are long standing problems, but this reader is hopeful that the novel by Dickens can ameliorate child labor and Stowe’s UNCLE TOM’S CABIN can enlighten and humanize a nation. If, the task of the critic, as the author contends is really to say “yes, but”, this reader would say “not for the average reader, yes, but if your friend is an English professor, one would have a very nice little gift.
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Consigliato? Sì, ai curiosi che sanno leggere l'inglese e che hanno bisogno di un corso di recupero sugli ultimi cinquant'anni di letteratura.