Review Of ' Maus 's ' The Rise Of The Graphic '

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The term “contemporary literature” applies to anything written after World War II. Like all historical eras, the era of contemporary literature has formed, and continues to form, the literature that is present today. The contemporary literary era defines a time period but also describes a particular style and quality of writing. Much of the literature written in this era is diverse, ironic and reveals political, social and personal views. One of the more notable stylistic innovations of contemporary literature is the willingness to include visual art along with writing. Per Lauter & Yarborough, “The rise of the graphic narrative in the 1990s reflects the desire of writers and readers to consider the way literature has changed as Americans…show more content…
During the time of the civil rights disputes, Gwendolyn Brooks felt passionate about the mistreatment of African-Americans and channeled her passion into her poems. One of her poems, “A Bronzeville Mother Loiters in Mississippi. Meanwhile, a Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon” dramatized the aftereffects of the lynching of Emmett Till. Till was a fourteen-year-old African-American youth who was murdered by Roy Bryant in Mississippi because he had allegedly whistled at Carolyn Bryant, a white woman. In this narrative poem, Brooks depicts a scene in the Bryant household after the murder of Till. In mockery of the situation, Brooks characterizes Till as a villain, and Carolyn Bryant as a maiden who need rescuing from a prince, Roy. Brooks writes: “Pursued by the Dark Villain. Rescued by the Fine Prince. The Happiness-Ever-After” (p. 2878). However, as the poem continues, Carolyn begins to wonder if it was all worth it, if the punishment fit the crime. Brooks states: “Had she been worth the blood, the cramped cries, the little stuttering bravado, the gradual dulling of those Negro eyes, the sudden, overwhelming little-boyness in that barn?” (p. 2880). Now, Carolyn lives in constant fear that Roy will conclude she was not worth It. She sees her husband as the murderer and fears for her children. Ensuing the “happiness-ever-after” is not as she thought it would be. A major cultural shift that

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