The Oxford Guide to Contemporary Writing

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

EditorJohn Sturrock

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Keeping track of contemporary writing is by its nature 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 round theworld? Every year, 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 most worth reading. This new Guide - the only work of its kind to cover world literature of the last thirty 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 lessfamiliar but 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 Writing a fascinating and essential reference book. Contributors... African Countries (Jeremy Harding); Arab Countries (Robert Irwin); Australia (Peter Craven); Brazil (John Gledson); Canada (Sandra Djwa); China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong (Alison Bailey); Czech Republic and Slovakia (Igor Hajek); England (James Wood); France (John Taylor); German-speaking countries(Rhys Williams); Greece (Peter Mackridge); Hungary (Richard Aczel); India (Richard Cronin); Ireland (Patricia Craig); Israel (Bryan Cheyette); Italy (Peter Hainsworth); Japan (Mark Morris); New Zealand (Iain Sharp); Poland (George Hyde with Wieslaw Powaga); Portugal (Maria Guterres); Russia (RobertPorter); Scandinavia (Janet Garton); Scotland (Kasia Boddy); Spain (Abigail Lee Six); Spanish America (Michael Wood); United States (Wendy Lesser); Wales (Ned Thomas); West Indies (Al Creighton)

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Truly international in scope, The Oxford Guide to Contemporary Writing provides in 28 insightful and eminently readable chapters an accessible, informative, and fluent account of all that is most significant and worth reading in the mass of writing since 1960

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Keeping track of contemporary writing is by its nature 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 round theworld? Every year, so much is published which...

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Keeping track of contemporary writing is by its nature 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 round the world? Every year, so much is published which w...

John Sturrock is Consulting Editor of The London Review of Books, and former Deputy Editor of The Times Literary Supplement. He is the author of The French New Novel (OUP 1969); Paper Tigers: The Ideal Fictions of Jorge Luis Borges (OUP l977); and the editor of Structuralism and Since (OUP l980).

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:502 pages, 9.13 × 6.1 × 1.34 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Editor's Introduction1. Jeremy Harding: African Countries2. Robert Irwin: Arab Countries3. Peter Craven: Australia4. John Gledson: Brazil5. Sandra Djwa: Canada6. Alison Bailey: China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong7. Igor Hajek: Czech Republic and Slovakia8. James Wood: England9. France10. Rhys Williams: German-Speaking Countries11. Peter Mackridge: Greece12. Richard Aczel: Hungary13. Richard Cronin: India14. Patricia Craig: Ireland15. Bryan Cheyette: Israel16. Peter Hainsworth: Italy17. Mark Morris: Japan18. Iain Sharp: New Zealand19. George Hyde, with Wieslaw Powaga: Poland20. Portugal. Maria Guterres: 21. Robert Porter: Russia22. Janet Garton: Scandinavia23. Kasia Boddy: Scotland24. Spain: Abigail Lee Six25. Michael Wood: Spanish America26. Wendy Lesser: United States27. Ned Thomas: Wales28. Al Creighton: West IndiesIndex

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Truly international in scope, The Oxford Guide to Contemporary Writing provides in 28 insightful and eminently readable chapters an accessible, informative, and fluent account of all that is most significant and worth reading in the mass of writing since 1960

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`a guide of enormous scope, covering the contemporary writing of most of the globe since the 1960s ... sharply informative and crisply written ... The discussions of national literatures are frequently penetrating and provocative. It is most stimulating and informative. Its greatest virtue isthat it makes us lift our heads above our own parochialism.'Joan Bridgman, Contemporary Review, Vol. 269, No. 1570, Nov '96