Jeffrey Williams on "Generations and Contemporary American Fiction"

Date & Time: Friday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m.
Location: Language and Literature 316 (LL 316) ASU
Campus: Tempe campus

The Department of English at ASU hosts Jeffrey Williams of Carnegie Mellon University in this presentation for English's new Edgework Series. :: "Generations and Contemporary American Fiction" gives one answer to "what comes after postmodernism?" It looks to the concept of generations and their impact on culture. In particular, it explains "Generation Jones," recently coined by Jonathan Pontell to account for those born after the sixties generation but before Generation X, like President Obama. The talk will situate the cohort of novelists who have become dominant in contemporary fiction from the 1980s to present, including Jay McInerney, Lorrie Moore, Bret Easton Ellis, Richard Powers, Chang-Rae Lee, Jonathan Lethem, Jennifer Egan, Jonathan Franzen, and Meg Wolitzer.

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