British literature weekly discussion, 300 words,

I will upload requirements, here is the overview from requirement.


Last week, I asked you to think of 20th Century and After British Literature in these terms: Change, War, Psychology, and Expanding Borders.

Now, adding to that (or maybe quantifying that), look for the following trends:

1.Marked by a strong and intentional break with tradition. This break includes a strong reaction against established religious, political, and social views.

2.Belief that the world is created in the act of perceiving it; that is, the world is what we say it is.

3.No such thing as absolute truth. All things are relative.

4.No connection with history or institutions. Experience is that of alienation, loss, and despair.

5.Championship of the individual and celebration of inner strength.

6.Life is unordered.

7.Identity is complex. There is no one way of “being” English.

8.Multiculturalism is more important than nationalism.

9.Life is strangely wonderful, full of “magical realism” (literature in which elements of the marvelous, mythical, or dreamlike are injected into an otherwise realistic story without breaking the narrative flow).

Contemporary British literature (including drama, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction) is almost impossibly diverse. It might be this very diversity that marks the Modern and postmodern periods as beginning a reaction to the high-Victorian aims of empire. From the Victorian desire for one, world-encompassing British culture has common quite the opposite: a contemporary literary landscape of endless variety. (from NAEL’s Period Introduction Overview: 20th Century & After