Abstract

Abstract:

This article proposes a contextual and comparative approach to Anne Enright's predilection for specific forms and themes and the critics' tendency to categorize them in accordance with the trends of contemporary literature. I analyze developments in Enright's work, historicizing her fiction and interrogating the impact of critical theories and terminologies on its writing and reading. The propensity to annex the prefix 'post-' to the names of current critical and cultural paradigms is widespread and symptomatic of an ongoing project to periodize and characterize contemporary literature. Enright rejects such descriptions that essentialize the thematic concerns of recent fiction and critiques fashionable terms such as postfeminism and postnationalism, which obscure historical realities and suggest that productive concepts such as feminism and nationalism have become outdated. Enright's writing career, spanning almost three decades, is illustrative of significant evolutions in the way western cultures relate to the prefix 'post-' and its temporal and paradigmatic connotations.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1934-1512
Print ISSN
0039-3827
Pages
pp. 400-418
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-20
Open Access
No
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