Chapter 4. Postmodern U.S. Fiction

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Hans Bertens Distinguished Professor

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch4

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Bertens, H. (2009) Postmodern U.S. Fiction, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch4

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • postmodern U.S. fiction;
  • “postmodern” and “postmodernism” - subject of intense and highly politicized debate;
  • Postmodern American Fiction (1998), collection of recent American writing;
  • Ian Gregson's Postmodern Literature (2004) - concept of postmodern literature;
  • Don DeLillo's White Noise (1985) – excerpted in Postmodern American Fiction;
  • Making It New, Again;
  • T. S. Eliot's “The Waste Land” (1922) and William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury (1929);
  • changes in the face of American literature after World War II;
  • modern and postmodern and character of postmodern writing;
  • postmodern literature - less concerned with formal or aesthetic continuity and coherence

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Making It New, Again

  • Modern and Postmodern

  • Metafiction

  • Representation

  • References and Further Reading