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"I do think, though, that most works must engage with their own specific period in ways that can be called political. Let's say this: writers tend to be men and women who are interested in the world around them. That world contains many things, and on the level of society, part of what it contains is the political reality of the time---power structures, relations among classes, issues of justice and rights, interactions between the sexes and among various racial and ethnic constituencies. That's why political and social considerations often find their way onto the page in some guise, even when the result doesn't look terribly 'political.' "

We were just talking about this in our discussion in class on Monday, how certain books that were written in their time reflect the time period that had just ended or the time period that the author lived in while writing it. I like this concept and I think it is true for a book to be successful.

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