Postmodern American Fiction

Postmodern American Fiction Book PDF
✏Book Title : Postmodern American Fiction
✏Author : Paula Geyh
✏Publisher : W. W. Norton
✏Release Date : 1998
✏Pages : 672
✏ISBN : 039331698X
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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✏Postmodern American Fiction Book Summary : Collects works by sixty-eight authors, including William S. Burroughs, Kurt Vonnegut, Art Spiegelman, Lynda Barry, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Douglas Coupland

The Cambridge Companion To Postmodern American Fiction Book PDF
✏Book Title : The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern American Fiction
✏Author : Paula Geyh
✏Publisher : Cambridge University Press
✏Release Date : 2017-04-30
✏Pages : 226
✏ISBN : 9781107103443
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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✏The Cambridge Companion to Postmodern American Fiction Book Summary : This Companion is an authoritative, comprehensive, and accessible guide to the key works, genres, and movements of postmodern American fiction.

The Play Of The Double In Postmodern American Fiction Book PDF
✏Book Title : The Play of the Double in Postmodern American Fiction
✏Author : Gordon Slethaug
✏Publisher : SIU Press
✏Release Date : 1993
✏Pages : 234
✏ISBN : 0809318415
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✏The Play of the Double in Postmodern American Fiction Book Summary : In The Hawkline Monster, Brautigan's minimalist metafictive parody of the double depicts our narcissistic view of reality. In Double or Nothing, Federman subverts the conventional double, exposing its gamelike structures and traditional views of life and text.

📒Late Postmodernism ✍ J. Green

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✏Book Title : Late Postmodernism
✏Author : J. Green
✏Publisher : Springer
✏Release Date : 2005-05-12
✏Pages : 254
✏ISBN : 9781403980403
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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✏Late Postmodernism Book Summary : Does the novel have a future? Questions of this kind, which are as old as the novel itself, acquired a fresh urgency at the end of the twentieth-century with the rise of new media and the relegation of literature to the margins of American culture. As a result, anxieties about readership, cultural authority and literary value have come to preoccupy a second generation of postmodern novelists. Through close analysis of several major novels of the past decade, including works by Don DeLillo, Philip Roth, Kathryn Davis, Jonathan Franzen and Richard Powers, Late Postmodernism examines the forces shaping contemporary literature and the remarkable strategies American writers have adopted to make sense of their place in culture.

American Fiction Modernism Postmodernism Popular Culture And Metafiction Book PDF
✏Book Title : American Fiction Modernism Postmodernism Popular Culture and Metafiction
✏Author : Jaroslav Kušnír
✏Publisher : ibidem-Verlag / ibidem Press
✏Release Date : 2012-01-31
✏Pages : 218
✏ISBN : 9783838255149
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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✏American Fiction Modernism Postmodernism Popular Culture and Metafiction Book Summary : Jaroslav Kušnír’s book American Fiction: Modernism-Postmodernism, Popular Culture, and Metafiction is a sequel to his previous study on American postmodern fiction entitled Poetika americkej postmodernej prózy: Richard Brautigan and Donald Barthelme [Poetics of American Fiction: Richard Brautigan and Donald Barthelme]. Prešov: Impreso, 2001. It explores various aspects of American postmodernist fiction as manifested in the works by Richard Brautigan, Donald Barthelme and other American postmodernist authors such as Robert Coover, E. L. Doctorow, Kurt Vonnegut and Paul Auster. Analyzing various short stories and novels, the author shows differences between modernist and postmodernist literature in the works of Donald Barthelme; the way postmodern parodies of popular literary genres give a critique of some aspects of American cultural identity and experience (the American Dream, individualism, consumerism); and he also shows different ways postmodern authors such as Robert Coover, Kurt Vonnegut and Paul Auster create metafictional effect as one of the most significant aspects of postmodern literature.

Postmodern American Literature And Its Other Book PDF
✏Book Title : Postmodern American Literature and Its Other
✏Author : W. Lawrence Hogue
✏Publisher : University of Illinois Press
✏Release Date : 2009
✏Pages : 212
✏ISBN : 9780252033834
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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✏Postmodern American Literature and Its Other Book Summary : Redefining postmodern American literature to include the voices of women and nonwhite writers

From Modernism To Postmodernism Book PDF
✏Book Title : From Modernism to Postmodernism
✏Author : Gerhard Hoffmann
✏Publisher : Rodopi
✏Release Date : 2005
✏Pages : 750
✏ISBN : 9789042018860
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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✏From Modernism to Postmodernism Book Summary : Postmodern Studies; American Literature; 20th Century; Cultural Theory; and Aesthetics.

Norton Anthology Of Postmodern American Fiction Book PDF
✏Book Title : Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Fiction
✏Author : Paula E. Geyh
✏Publisher :
✏Release Date : 1998
✏Pages : 672
✏ISBN : OCLC:801764820
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📒Design And Debris ✍ Joseph Conte

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✏Book Title : Design and Debris
✏Author : Joseph Conte
✏Publisher : University of Alabama Press
✏Release Date : 2002-04-24
✏Pages : 271
✏ISBN : 9780817311155
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✏Design and Debris Book Summary : Reading eight major contemporary authors through the lens of chaos theory, Conte offers new and original interpretations of works that have been the subject of much critical debate. Design and Debris discusses the relationship between order and disorder in the works of John Hawkes, Harry Mathews, John Barth, Gilbert Sorrentino, Robert Coover, Thomas Pynchon, Kathy Acker, and Don DeLillo. In analyzing their work, Joseph Conte brings to bear a unique approach adapted from scientific thought: chaos theory. His chief concern is illuminating those works whose narrative structures locate order hidden in disorder (whose authors Conte terms "proceduralists"), and those whose structures reflect the opposite, disorder emerging from states of order (whose authors Conte calls "disruptors"). Documenting the paradigm shift from modernism, in which artists attempted to impose order on a disordered world, to postmodernism, in which the artist portrays the process of "orderly disorder," Conte shows how the shift has led to postmodern artists' embrace of science in their treatment of complex ideas. Detailing how chaos theory interpenetrates disciplines as varied as economics, politics, biology, and cognitive science, he suggests a second paradigm shift: from modernist specialization to postmodern pluralism. In such a pluralistic world, the novel is freed from the purely literary and engages in a greater degree of interactivity-between literature and science, and between author and reader. Thus, Conte concludes, contemporary literature is a literature of flux and flexibility.

📒On Endings ✍ Daniel Grausam

On Endings Book PDF
✏Book Title : On Endings
✏Author : Daniel Grausam
✏Publisher : University of Virginia Press
✏Release Date : 2011
✏Pages : 196
✏ISBN : 9780813931616
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✏On Endings Book Summary : What does narrative look like when the possibility of an expansive future has been called into question? This query is the driving force behind Daniel Grausam’s On Endings, which seeks to show how the core texts of American postmodernism are a response to the geopolitical dynamics of the Cold War and especially to the new potential for total nuclear conflict. Postwar American fiction needs to be rethought, he argues, by highlighting postmodern experimentation as a mode of profound historical consciousness. In Grausam’s view, previous studies of fiction mimetically concerned with nuclear conflict neither engage the problems that total war might pose to narration nor take seriously the paradox of a war that narrative can never actually describe. Those few critical works that do take seriously such problems do not offer a broad account of American postmodernism. And recent work on postmodernism has offered no comprehensive historical account of the part played by nuclear weapons in the emergence of new forms of temporal and historical experience. On Endings significantly extends the project of historicizing postmodernism while returning the nuclear to a central place in the study of the Cold War.

Clothing And Its Connotations In Postmodern American Fiction Book PDF
✏Book Title : Clothing and Its Connotations in Postmodern American Fiction
✏Author : Theresa Wenzel
✏Publisher : GRIN Verlag
✏Release Date : 2008-09-29
✏Pages : 90
✏ISBN : 9783640175024
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✏Clothing and Its Connotations in Postmodern American Fiction Book Summary : Thesis (M.A.) from the year 2007 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,0, University of Gottingen, 25 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Clothes, as Diana Crane establishes in her book Fashion and Its Social Agendas, "are a major tool in the construction of identity, offering a wide range of choices for the expression of lifestyles or subcultural identities" (171). However: "Social scientists have not articulated a definitive interpretation of how a person constructs social identity in contemporary society" (Crane 2). This might be one of the reasons why clothing has found its way into fiction, contributing to the characterization of protagonists and fictional world alike. The versatility of postmodern texts makes the analysis of clothing in connection with the process of constructing identities especially rewarding. The term postmodernism is hard to define. In the preface to his book The Illusions of Postmodernism Terry Eagleton makes a distinction between postmodernism and postmodernity: The word postmodernism generally refers to a form of contemporary culture, whereas the term postmodernity alludes to a specific historical period. Postmodernity is a style of thought which is suspicious of classical notions of truth, reason, identity and objectivity, of the idea of universal progress or emancipation, of single frameworks, grand narratives or ultimate grounds of explanation. (vii) Postmodernism, then, reflects these notions in what Eagleton calls "a depthless, decentred, ungrounded, self-reflexive, playful, derivative, eclectic, pluralistic art which blurs the boundaries between 'high' and 'popular' culture, as well as between art and everyday experience" (vii). Although his definition is not in favor of postmodernism, it does indicate how diverse subject-matter as well as style in postmodern texts can be. In other words, "anything goes" (Mayer 543).

📒Late Postmodernism ✍ Jeremy Green

Late Postmodernism Book PDF
✏Book Title : Late Postmodernism
✏Author : Jeremy Green
✏Publisher : Macmillan
✏Release Date : 2005-05-13
✏Pages : 246
✏ISBN : 140396632X
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📒Nihilism And Organicism ✍ William R. Hughes

Nihilism And Organicism Book PDF
✏Book Title : Nihilism and Organicism
✏Author : William R. Hughes
✏Publisher :
✏Release Date : 2001
✏Pages :
✏ISBN : UOM:39015049506028
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Romantic Postmodernism In American Fiction Book PDF
✏Book Title : Romantic Postmodernism in American Fiction
✏Author : Eberhard Alsen
✏Publisher : Rodopi
✏Release Date : 1996
✏Pages : 298
✏ISBN : 9051839774
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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✏Romantic Postmodernism in American Fiction Book Summary : Intended for teachers and students of American Literature, this book is the first comprehensive analysis of romantic tendencies in postmodernist American fiction. The book challenges the opinion expressed in the Columbia History of the American Novel (1991) and propagated by many influential scholars that the mainstream of postmodernist fiction is represented by the disjunctive and nihilistic work of such writers as Kathy Acker, Donald Barthelme, and Robert Coover. Professor Alsen disagrees. He contends that this kind of fiction is not read and taught much outside an isolated but powerful circle in the academic community. It is the two-part thesis of Professor Alsen's book that the mainstream of postmodernist fiction consists of the widely read work of the Nobel Prize laureates Saul Bellow and Toni Morrison and other similar writers and that this mainstream fiction is essentially romantic. To support his argument, Professor Alsen analyzes representative novels by Saul Bellow, J.D. Salinger, Norman Mailer, Flannery O'Connor, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Roth, Thomas Pynchon, Toni Morrison, the later John Barth, Alice Walker, William Kennedy, and Paul Auster. Professor Alsen demonstrates that the traits which distinguish the fiction of the romantic postmodernists from the fiction of their disunctive and nihilist colleagues include a vision of life that is a form of philosophical idealism, an organic view of art, modes of storytelling that are reminiscent of the nineteenth-century romance, and such themes as the nature of sin or evil, the negative effects of technology on the soul, and the quest for transcendence.

From The Civil War To The Apocalypse Book PDF
✏Book Title : From the Civil War to the Apocalypse
✏Author : Timothy Parrish
✏Publisher : Univ of Massachusetts Press
✏Release Date : 2008
✏Pages : 308
✏ISBN : 1558496270
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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✏From the Civil War to the Apocalypse Book Summary : "Recent postmodern theorists have argued that since history is a narrative art, it must be understood as a form of narrative representation analogous to fiction ... In addressing the postmodernist claim that history works no differently than fiction, Timothy Parrish rejects the implication that history is dead or hopelessly relativistic. Rather, he shows how the best postmodern novelists compel their readers to accept their narratives as true. These novelists write history as a form of fiction ... Parrish concludes that history, not identity, is the ground of postmodern American fiction"--From publisher's description.

📒Silverless Mirrors ✍ Charles Caramello

Silverless Mirrors Book PDF
✏Book Title : Silverless Mirrors
✏Author : Charles Caramello
✏Publisher : University Press of Florida
✏Release Date : 1983
✏Pages : 250
✏ISBN : 0813007720
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The Fate Of Postmodern American Fiction In Italy Book PDF
✏Book Title : The Fate of Postmodern American Fiction in Italy
✏Author : Daniela Daniele
✏Publisher :
✏Release Date : 1993
✏Pages : 170
✏ISBN : OCLC:1131958792
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📒Quirks Of The Quantum ✍ Samuel Chase Coale

Quirks Of The Quantum Book PDF
✏Book Title : Quirks of the Quantum
✏Author : Samuel Chase Coale
✏Publisher : University of Virginia Press
✏Release Date : 2012-11-07
✏Pages : 240
✏ISBN : 9780813932873
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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✏Quirks of the Quantum Book Summary : Episodic and disconnected, much of postmodern fiction mirrors the world as quantum theorists describe it, according to Samuel Chase Coale. In Quirks of the Quantum, Coale shows how the doubts, misgivings, and ambiguities reflected in the postmodern American novel have been influenced by the metaphors and models of quantum theory. Coale explains the basic facets of quantum theory in lay terms and then applies them to a selection of texts, including Don DeLillo's Underworld, Joan Didion's Democracy, and Thomas Pynchon's Against the Day. Using a new approach to literature and culture, this book aims to bridge the gap between science and the humanities by suggesting the many areas where they connect.

From Modernism To Postmodernism Book PDF
✏Book Title : From Modernism to Postmodernism
✏Author : Gerhard Hoffmann
✏Publisher : Brill Rodopi
✏Release Date : 2005
✏Pages : 750
✏ISBN : 9042018860
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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✏From Modernism to Postmodernism Book Summary : Postmodern Studies; American Literature; 20th Century; Cultural Theory; and Aesthetics.

📒Becoming World ✍ Igor Maver

Becoming World Book PDF
✏Book Title : Becoming World
✏Author : Igor Maver
✏Publisher :
✏Release Date : 2017
✏Pages : 250
✏ISBN : 9612379165
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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📒Deep Surfaces ✍ Philip E. Simmons

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✏Book Title : Deep Surfaces
✏Author : Philip E. Simmons
✏Publisher :
✏Release Date : 1997
✏Pages : 236
✏ISBN : 0820318434
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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✏Deep Surfaces Book Summary : Deep Surfaces explores the relations between mass culture - especially as reflected in and perpetuated by film, television, and advertising - and historical thinking in the work of such contemporary American novelists as Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, E. L. Doctorow, Ishmael Reed, Bobbie Ann Mason, and Nicholson Baker. By considering mass culture from a postmodern theoretical perspective, Philip E. Simmons places his readings of fiction within a larger argument about how mass culture is shaping postmodern conditions of knowledge. In particular, Simmons shows how mass culture is related to the ways we construct and perceive history, and how certain developments in fiction mark the novel's participation in a larger mass culture.

📒After Postmodernism ✍ Taylor & Francis Group

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✏Book Title : After Postmodernism
✏Author : Taylor & Francis Group
✏Publisher : Routledge
✏Release Date : 2020-11-30
✏Pages : 154
✏ISBN : 0367640104
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✏After Postmodernism Book Summary : Several of American literature's most prominent authors, and many of their most perceptive critics and reviewers, argue that fiction of the last quarter century has turned away from the tendencies of postmodernist writing. Yet, the nature of that turn, and the defining qualities of American fiction after postmodernism, remain less than clear. This volume identifies four prominent trends of the contemporary scene: the recovery of the real, a rethinking of historical engagement, a preoccupation with materiality, and a turn to the planetary. Readings of works by various leading figures, including Dave Eggers, Jonathan Franzen, A. M. Homes, Lance Olsen, Richard Powers, William T. Vollmann, and David Foster Wallace, support a variety of arguments about this recent revitalization of American literature. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal Textual Practice.

📒Postmodern Characters ✍ Aleid Fokkema

Postmodern Characters Book PDF
✏Book Title : Postmodern Characters
✏Author : Aleid Fokkema
✏Publisher : Rodopi
✏Release Date : 1991
✏Pages : 205
✏ISBN : 9051832699
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American Fiction In Transition Book PDF
✏Book Title : American Fiction in Transition
✏Author : Adam Kelly
✏Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing USA
✏Release Date : 2013-04-25
✏Pages : 176
✏ISBN : 9781441173744
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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✏American Fiction in Transition Book Summary : American Fiction in Transition is a study of the observer-hero narrative, a highly significant but critically neglected genre of the American novel. Through the lens of this transitional genre, the book explores the 1990s in relation to debates about the end of postmodernism, and connects the decade to other transitional periods in US literature. Novels by four major contemporary writers are examined: Philip Roth, Paul Auster, E. L. Doctorow and Jeffrey Eugenides. Each novel has a similar structure: an observer-narrator tells the story of an important person in his life who has died. But each story is equally about the struggle to tell the story, to find adequate means to narrate the transitional quality of the hero's life. In playing out this narrative struggle, each novel thereby addresses the broader problem of historical transition, a problem that marks the legacy of the postmodern era in American literature and culture.

From Puritanism To Postmodernism Book PDF
✏Book Title : From Puritanism to Postmodernism
✏Author : Richard Ruland
✏Publisher : Routledge
✏Release Date : 2016-04-14
✏Pages : 470
✏ISBN : 9781317234142
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✏From Puritanism to Postmodernism Book Summary : Widely acknowledged as a contemporary classic that has introduced thousands of readers to American literature, From Puritanism to Postmodernism: A History of American Literature brilliantly charts the fascinating story of American literature from the Puritan legacy to the advent of postmodernism. From realism and romanticism to modernism and postmodernism it examines and reflects on the work of a rich panoply of writers, including Poe, Melville, Fitzgerald, Pound, Wallace Stevens, Gwendolyn Brooks and Thomas Pynchon. Characterised throughout by a vibrant and engaging style it is a superb introduction to American literature, placing it thoughtfully in its rich social, ideological and historical context. A tour de force of both literary and historical writing, this Routledge Classics edition includes a new preface by co-author Richard Ruland, a new foreword by Linda Wagner-Martin and a fascinating interview with Richard Ruland, in which he reflects on the nature of American fiction and his collaboration with Malclolm Bradbury. It is published here for the first time.

📒Do You Feel It Too ✍ Nicoline Timmer

Do You Feel It Too  Book PDF
✏Book Title : Do You Feel it Too
✏Author : Nicoline Timmer
✏Publisher : Rodopi
✏Release Date : 2010-01
✏Pages : 388
✏ISBN : 9789042029309
✏Available Language : English, Spanish, And French

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✏Do You Feel it Too Book Summary : Do You Feel It Too? explores a new sense of self that is becoming manifest in experimental fiction written by a generation of authors who can be considered the 'heirs' of the postmodern tradition. It offers a precise, in-depth analysis of a new, post-postmodern direction in fiction writing, and highlights which aspects are most acute in the post-postmodern novel. Most notable is the emphatic expression of feelings and sentiments and a drive toward inter-subjective connection and communication. The self that is presented in these post-postmodern works of fiction can best be characterized asrelational. To analyze this new sense of self, a new interpretational method is introduced that offers a sophisticated approach to fictional selves combining the insights of post-classical narratology and what is called 'narrative psychology'.Close analyses of three contemporary experimental texts – Infinite Jest (1996) by David Foster Wallace,A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000) by Dave Eggers, and House of Leaves(2000) by Mark Danielewski – provide insight into the typical problems that the self experiences in postmodern cultural contexts. Three such problems or 'symptoms' are singled out and analyzed in depth: an inability to choose because of a lack of decision-making tools; a difficulty to situate or appropriate feelings; and a structural need for a 'we' (a desire for connectivity and sociality).The critique that can be distilled from these texts, especially on the perceivedsolipsistic quality of postmodern experience worlds, runs parallel to developments in recent critical theory. These developments, in fiction and theory both, signal, in the wake of poststructural conceptions of subjectivity, a perhaps much awaited 'turn to the human' in our culture at large today.

Hicks Tribes And Dirty Realists Book PDF
✏Book Title : Hicks Tribes and Dirty Realists
✏Author : Robert Rebein
✏Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
✏Release Date : 2015-01-13
✏Pages : 216
✏ISBN : 9780813149974
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✏Hicks Tribes and Dirty Realists Book Summary : Robert Rebein argues that much literary fiction of the 1980s and 90s represents a triumphant, if tortured, return to questions about place and the individual that inspired the works of Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Faulkner, and other giants of American literature. Concentrating on the realist bent and regional orientation in contemporary fiction, he discusses in detail the various names by which this fiction has been described, including literary postmodernism, minimalism, Hick Chic, Dirty Realism, ecofeminism, and more. Rebein's clearly written, nuanced interpretations of works by Raymond Carver, Cormac McCarthy, Don DeLillo, Louise Erdrich, Dorothy Allison, Barbara Kingsolver, E. Annie Proulx, Chris Offut, and others, will appeal to a wide range of readers.

Postmodern Literature And Race Book PDF
✏Book Title : Postmodern Literature and Race
✏Author : Len Platt
✏Publisher : Cambridge University Press
✏Release Date : 2015-02-19
✏Pages : 314
✏ISBN : 9781107042483
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✏Postmodern Literature and Race Book Summary : Postmodernism and Race explores the question of how dramatic shifts in conceptions of race in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have been addressed by writers at the cutting edge of equally dramatic transformations of literary form. An opening section engages with the broad question of how the geographical and political positioning of experimental writing informs its contribution to racial discourses, while later segments focus on central critical domains within this field: race and performativity, race and the contemporary nation, and postracial futures. With essays on a wide range of contemporary writers, including Bernadine Evaristo, Alasdair Gray, Jhumpa Lahiri, Andrea Levy, and Don DeLillo, this volume makes an important contribution to our understanding of the politics and aesthetics of contemporary writing.

The Cambridge Introduction To Postmodern Fiction Book PDF
✏Book Title : The Cambridge Introduction to Postmodern Fiction
✏Author : Bran Nicol
✏Publisher : Cambridge University Press
✏Release Date : 2009-10-08
✏Pages : 220
✏ISBN : 9780521861571
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✏The Cambridge Introduction to Postmodern Fiction Book Summary : A lucid exploration of the key features of postmodernism and the most important authors from Beckett to DeLillo.

Parodistic Intertextuality And Intermediality In Postmodern American Fiction Robert Coover And Kathy Acker Book PDF
✏Book Title : Parodistic Intertextuality and Intermediality in Postmodern American Fiction Robert Coover and Kathy Acker
✏Author : Matthias Voller
✏Publisher : diplom.de
✏Release Date : 1997-08-29
✏Pages : 91
✏ISBN : 9783832402013
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✏Parodistic Intertextuality and Intermediality in Postmodern American Fiction Robert Coover and Kathy Acker Book Summary : Inhaltsangabe:Abstract: Reading postmodern fiction - once a term limited to denote a decidedly US-American tendency in contemporary literature but now applicable to a whole range of works that have in recent years been published by an international group of writers - one almost invariably gets the uneasy feeling of having read it all before. Recognizing some passages, the reader feels a strong sense of deja vu and keeps wondering whether the passages he or she does not recognize are just from those books he or she has not read. Surely enough, an increasingly large number of postmodern authors tend to conceive their books as a jumble of allusions to themes, structures and scenes from earlier texts, so-called master- or parent texts. Others go even further in alluding to previously published texts. They deliberately draw an one particular, generally acknowledged and highly acclaimed master text or classical piece of world literature and read it parodically against the grain, thus re-writing and re-working a renowned classic into a new work of art. Still others overtly appropriate and even plagiarize titles, paragraphs and whole passages from a variety of literary predecessors. However, allusions, appropriations and plagiarisms are only an the surface of postmodern fiction; beneath are other things, which are formally more interesting: parodistic intertextuality as a leitmotif central to a postmodern synthesis, challenging traditional literary concepts, such as author, genre and literary period an the one hand and originality and inventiveness an the other hand, fragmentation of literature and simultaneous presentation of literary and cinematic scenes and events from a variety of perspectives - also referred to as synchronic approach of telling a story, deconstruction and re-presentation of texts, and, ultimately, recognition of fiction as a world of its own, as a linguistic artefact which does not stand for reality any longer. Consequently, postmodern fiction is not concerned with the process of writing as a one-to-one reproduction of reality. Quite the contrary, postmodern fiction abandons the mimetic principle of conventional narrative and severs its ties to space, time, cause-and-effect and reality and goes back to the original springs of narrative. Going beyond the limits of the real world and exploring the realms of fantasy and dreams, postmodern fiction evidently manifests a turning back to fairy-tales, religious parables, and the stories [...]