Introduction To Literary Context: American Post-modernist Novels

567a7d084784d.jpg Author Salem Press
Isbn 978-1619252103
File size 22.7 MB
Year 2013
Pages 328
Language English
File format PDF
Category Novels

Book Description:

Postmodernism is a term that defies simple definition. Generally, it is understood to refer to changes in social and economic structures that have resulted in no one set of standards, be they moral, aesthetic, or political, having general applicability and validity. Postmodern literature, therefore, is characterized by its rejection of traditional narrative viewpoints and structural forms in favor of a variety of values and techniques. This collection covers 37 notable postmodernist American and Canadian novels published between 1960 and 2000. Each essay runs six to eight pages in length, and all adhere to the same format. A summary of the novel’s plot is followed by sections that place the work in its historical, societal, religious, and scientific and technological contexts. A brief biography of the author is also provided. The essays conclude with discussion questions and suggested topics for term papers. Selected authors include Margaret Atwood, Judy Blume, Sandra Cisneros, Don DeLillo, Philip Roth, John Updike, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Choosing the novels could not have been an easy task. A review of the list of authors suggests that care was taken to ensure that ethnic, religious, and gender diversity were reflected in the choices. The content, simply presented and accessibly written, will be a helpful resource for students as they begin to explore the world’s literary output. Recommended for libraries serving high-school students and college undergraduates. --Christopher McConnell

 

 

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