• The Contemporary Period

    1939- Today
    Events of the period:
    *Second world war ( 1941)
    *Cold war between communist countries and the west
    *U.S. becomes a cultural and economic force in the world
    *British influence gets weaker
    The Novel
    The novel told stories of the second world war
    1940’s à George Orwell
                    - Most of his books had a political Intention
                    - Animal Farm ( 1945)
    1950’s- 1960’s à Female writers began to emerge
                      Muriel Spark
                      - The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie ( 1961)
                      Agatha Christie
                      - Woman detective story writer
                      - Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple
    1970’s – Present--> 4 new directions
           The focus on foreign and local, regional voices
           - Timothy Mo (Mixed Cultures)
           More female voices
          -Angela Carter
           The academic or campus Novel
          - History man by Malcolm Bradbury
    4)Fantasy/Magic Realism
           - Angela Carter
    This is when the younger generation came into Literature
    T.S. Eliot
           Wrote about the second world war
    Dylan Thomas
           Wrote about death
         “ Do not go gentle into that good night”
    2 new trends :
    -Absurd Drama: Drama that is made to point out how meaningless life is
          - Began in France in the 1940s reached Britain in 1955
          - Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
    -Social Drama: The concern of the younger generation. They saw a need to change society and add new values to the modern world.
            - Look Back in Anger by John Osborne 1956
    Presented By: Riham, Naser, Hamed, Darwish