The Oxford English Literary History: Volume 12: The Last of England?: 1960-2000

Hardcover | March 16, 2004

byRandall Stevenson

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English Literature in the 1960s soon threw off its post-war weariness and the tepid influences of the previous decade. New voices, new visions, and new commitments profoundly reshaped writing during the 60s, and throughout the rest of the century. Drama thrived on its rapidly rebuiltfoundations. New freedoms of style and form revitalised fiction. Poetry, too, gradually recovered the variety and inventiveness of earlier years. As well as comprehensively charting these changes in the literary field, Randall Stevenson persuasively pinpoints their origins in the historical, social, and intellectual pressures of the times. Literary developments are revealingly related to the wider evolution and profound changes in Englishexperience in the late twentieth-century to shadows of war and loss of empire; declining influences of class; shifting relations between the genders; emergent minority and counter-cultures; and the broadening democratization of contemporary life in general. Analyses of the rise of literary theory, of publishing and the book trade, and of the pervasive influences of modernism and postmodernism contribute further to an impressively thorough, insightful description of writing in the later twentieth-century a literary period Stevenson shows to be farmore imaginative and exciting than has yet been recognised. Lucid, accessible, and engaging, this volume of the Oxford English Literary History presents a unique illumination of its age - one we have lived through, but are only just beginning to understand. The first full account of its period, itwill set the agenda for discussion of late twentieth-century literature for many years to come.

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English Literature in the 1960s soon threw off its post-war weariness and the tepid influences of the previous decade. New voices, new visions, and new commitments profoundly reshaped writing during the 60s, and throughout the rest of the century. Drama thrived on its rapidly rebuiltfoundations. New freedoms of style and form revitalis...

Randall Stevenson is Reader in English Literature and Deputy Head of Department at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Modernist Fiction (1992; revd. edn, 1998); A Reader's Guide to the Twentieth Century Novel in Britain (1993); The British Novel Since the Thirties (1986), as well as many articles on modernist and postmod...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:624 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.51 inPublished:March 16, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PrefaceI. Histories1. 'Gleaming Twilight' - Literature, Culture, and Society2. A Postmodern Age? - Literature, Ideas, and Traditions3. An Age of Theory? - Critics, Readers, and Authors4. A Golden Age? - Readers, Authors, and the Book TradeII. Poetry5. Movement or Revival - the late 1950s to the 1980s6. Movements and Counter-Movements - the 1960s to the 1980s7. Politics and Postmodernism - the late 1970s to 20008. Rosebay Revived - Language, Form, and Audience for 'This Unpopular Art'III. Drama9. A Public Art Form - the late 1950s to the 1970s10. Last Year in Jerulsalem - Politics and Performance after 196811. 'Real Revolutionaries' - Politics and the Margins12. Absurdism, Postmodernism, Individualism13. Discovering the Body14. Revolution, Television, SubsidyIV. Narrative15. To the Crossroads - Style and Society in the 1960s and 1970s16. A Darker Route - Moral and Historical Vision in the 1960s and 1970s17. Longer Shadows and Darkness Risible - the 1970s to 200018. 'Double Lives' - Women's Writing and Gender Difference19. 'The Century of Strangers' - Travellers and Migrants20. Genres, Carnivals, and ConclusionsAuthor BibliographiesSuggestions for Further ReadingWorks CitedIndex

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`'very impressive survey of the history of the late 20th century Enlgish literature''Kevin Davey, The Tribune