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Postmodern Literature : Contexts - Ian Gregson

Postmodern Literature


Paperback Published: 25th June 2004
ISBN: 9780340813713
Number Of Pages: 204

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A fascinating variety of writing has been produced in the period since the Second World War. Much of this can be helpfully understood by reference to postmodernism. Many important texts in the period, however, are distorted when this label is applied to them, and others are actively anti-postmodernist.
Postmodern Literature accessibly defines postmodernism, compares and contrasts it with modernism, and places it in its historical context, especially in relation to crucial phenomena like Auschwitz, the clashing of ideologies, and the prevalence of propaganda and misinformation. It discusses the major theorists of postmodernism, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Fredric Jameson and Jean Baudrillard, and demonstrates how their theories illuminate the work of postmodernist writers such as John Ashbery, Walter Abish and Angela Carter. It defines the key postmodern theories of language, race and gender--poststructuralism, postcolonialism, and feminism--and explores their often fraught relationships with postmodernism in relation to important writers such as Toni Morrison, Adrienne Rich and Salman Rushdie.

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"A succinct and focused introduction to key areas of critical analysis in this area." --J Marland, School of York St John College

Series editor's prefacep. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Introduction: Postmodernism in contextp. 1
Postmodern languagep. 20
The postmodern selfp. 41
Postmodern genresp. 62
Postmodern racep. 81
Postmodern genderp. 100
Postmodern Naturep. 118
Postmodern realismp. 135
Documentsp. 153
1945-1998: Timeline of key events and publicationsp. 173
Bibliography of literary textsp. 179
Suggestions for further readingp. 181
Indexp. 185
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ISBN: 9780340813713
ISBN-10: 0340813717
Series: Contexts
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 25th June 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.7  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1