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The Oxford English Literary History by Randall Stevenson
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Oct 19, 2010

really liked it
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Well written and comprehensive, I'd recommend this to most people. Stevenson's obviously committed to all the lit department pieties about 'difference' and 'experiment' and naval gazing as a form of radical politics, but to his enormous credit that doesn't turn this book into a hot mess. His analysis of the ways that immigrant communities have hooked in nicely to postmodern literary methods was fascinating, although brief, and terrifying considering that this is meant to be an argument which supports both immigrant/post-colonial writing - a lot of which is fabulous enough not to need such dubious support - *and* said postmodern methods, which clearly need to be criticized far more severely than Stevenson seems willing to admit. Anyway, it's slow going to start with, but persist or just skip to the sections on poetry, drama and narrative, which are really great.

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