|York Notes Companions: Postwar Literature||
York Notes Companions: Postwar Literature
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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.
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
Post-war Literature, 19501990
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.
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William May is a Research Fellow in Humanities at the University of Southampton.
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.