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History of American Literature (1950 - 2000) Part I

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  • Diversity becomes one of the outstanding features of the American literature in the latter half of the twentieth century which extends from the year 1950 to 2000. Such diversity causes both celebration and consternation.
  • It provides readers clear and accessible routes through the texts, contexts, genres, historical periods and a lot of debates and discourses.
  • American literature in this period varies in inputs in terms of themes and styles. It is also hybrid in production because the American literature is no more homogenous, rather it is heterogeneous in nature and plural in terms of ‘gender,’ ‘race,’ ‘class…

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History of American Literature (1950 - 2000) Part II

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  • Feminist Literature: Unlike the previous decades, Feminist movement have become stronger and more appealing in this period. After 1950, they started to demand of equal opportunities, equal pay.
  • Though the 19th Amendment of American constitution Women got the rights to vote in 1920, still they would feel marginalized in terms of higher education, some specific professions.
  • The Employment Opportunity Commission was formed this time but the implementation was little.
  • The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan tried to depict such condition of American women.
  • In 1966 NOW (National Organization for Women w…

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