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    Late in the twentieth century, ... women writers turn to ...

    Hello teachers,

    Good evening!

    I have a question regarding tense today. Here is the passage (from a book about motherhood in Irish and Caribbean literatures):


    Late in the twentieth century, after long contesting the imposition of masculine literary, cultural, and political images of idealized motherhood, images which erased the subjectivity of actual mothers, Irish and Caribbean women writers turn to abortion as the next (narrative) step in their writing. Ironically, by writing about the most extreme form of rejecting maternity, women writers movingly depict the potential of a voluntary motherhood which, and this is crucial to their argument, benefits from the cultural and political support that had enforced an older, patriarchal form of motherhood to offer fulfillment to women.


    Is the first sentence an example of Historical present tense?

    I feel the tenses in both the sentences are correct. Am I right? If not, could you please explain?

    Thanks a million in advance!

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    Re: Late in the twentieth century, ... women writers turn to ...

    Yes, that's the historical present. I'm not crazy about the style but it's not incorrect.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Late in the twentieth century, ... women writers turn to ...

    Good evening!
    Unnecessary. It's only evening in certain time zones. This is an international forum.

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