Perspectives

Literary period

Safia Moore’s short story “That Summer” was published in 2015 and is, thus, a contemporary short story. Even though the story is set sometimes in the 1960s or 1970s, its context is still relevant because the Troubles in Northern Ireland lasted until 1998 and left deep scars on society there.

The story falls into the category of postmodernist literature, which refers to most fiction published after the 1960s and up to present day. Postmodernism is not a unified literary movement, but it does have some defining characteristics that are also identifiable in “That Summer”. For example, Moore chooses a first-person narrator, which is a common choice in postmodernist fiction.

The topic of the story is an issue that developed after the 1960s. Most postmodernist author...

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