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A Call for the Contemporary by Nicholas Wolf

Submitted by site_editor on Sat, 2015-09-05 09:44

The study of contemporary writing requires the engagement with two obstacles: the uncertainty as to what constitutes the ‘contemporary,’ and resistance from institutional and disciplinary powers to the formal study of recently created works of literature, art, and drama. The first, a question of defining chronological scope (and therefore decisions about what texts to address), is crucial but prone to ambiguity. On the one hand, researchers might define this timeframe informally within the framework of a single academic study by choosing a helpful start date and proceeding accordingly.