The Contemporary Era

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The Contemporary Era, from 1939 to the present, is an important time period overall. Much technological advancement came about in our society, and a lot of social reforms came along as well. Art, music, and literature also developed, in which many artists came about, and new interpretations in these areas developed.

The Contemporary Era is an important time period in terms of literature, because many new authors came about, such as Maya Angelou, J.D. Salinger, and Sherman Alexie. Along with these new authors, the new popularity of literature came about, with the power of their moving words. Angelou’s autobiography I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings introduced a new style of autobiographical work.

Prior to the Contemporary Era, there were some minority authors, but not a lot (of them) were widely known. The Contemporary Era gave minorities a chance to express themselves, instead of the usual white author. Many other ethnic groups became common, rather than the usual African American and Jewish American authors. The rise of these different ethnic groups came about with the Civil Rights movement, and the Ethnic Pride movement, which led to the creation of Ethnic Studies programs in most universities. Other than ethnic literature, many women’s literature, gay and lesbian literature, working-class literature, and others became much more fairly common due to these reform movements (the Civil Rights movement, etc.).

An outstanding event that happened in the Contemporary Era was the development of the World Wide Web, as well as the development of “e-text”. With these technological advancements, literature evolved along with it. The development of e-text is an important development for all literature, because books are now readily available for people without leaving the comforts of their own home. Another outstanding thing in this time period is the abundance of social movements. Social movements such as the Civil Rights movement gave way to a new wave of authors,...
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