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Contemporary Literature: The Basics

1st Edition

By Suman Gupta


190 pages

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‘Contemporary Literature’ is among the most popular areas of literary study but it can be a difficult one to define. This book equips readers with the necessary tools to take an analytical and systematic approach to contemporary texts. The author provides answers to some of the critical questions in the field:

  • What makes a literary text contemporary?
  • Is it possible to have a canon of contemporary literature?
  • How does a reader’s location affect their understanding?
  • How do print, electronic, and audio-visual media impact upon contemporary literature?
  • Which key concepts and themes are most prevalent?

Containing diverse illustrative examples and discussing the topics which define our current sense of the contemporary, this is an ideal starting point for anyone seeking to engage critically with contemporary literature.

Table of Contents

1. General Strategies 2. Specific Strategies 3. Production 4. Reception 5. Issues and Perspectives I 6. Issues and Perspectives II. Index

About the Author

Suman Gupta is Professor of Literature and Cultural History, The Open University. He is the author of numerous books on contemporary literature, literary theory, political philosophy and current affairs.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FICTION / General