Chapter 2. Part II: From New Realisms to Postmodernism

  1. Patrick O'Donnell

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444317893.ch2

The American Novel Now: Reading Contemporary American Fiction Since 1980

The American Novel Now: Reading Contemporary American Fiction Since 1980

How to Cite

O'Donnell, P. (2010) Part II: From New Realisms to Postmodernism, in The American Novel Now: Reading Contemporary American Fiction Since 1980, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444317893.ch2

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 15 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405167574

Online ISBN: 9781444317893

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Keywords:

  • from new realisms to postmodernism;
  • array of styles observable in contemporary American writing - rivaling diversity of writers themselves;
  • contemporary American writing, notion that “anything can happen” - Tom Le Clair, Larry McCaffrey;
  • contrasting ordinariness of contemporary American life;
  • post-World War II writers - claiming extending and expanding traditions of novelistic realism;
  • Steven Millhauser's imitation of classic American rags-to-riches story in Martin Dressler;
  • “Dirty Realisms”- investigating terrains encompassing our resistance to imagining it;
  • FC2, beginning as the Fiction Collective in 1974;
  • Notable American Women - satire on notion of gendered language;
  • magnifying reality and multiplying genre

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • “This American Life”

  • “Dirty Realisms”

  • Only Wor(l)ds

  • Magnifying Reality, Multiplying Genre