The Routledge Introduction to American Postmodernism offers readers a fresh, insightful overview to all genres of postmodern writing. Drawing on a variety of works from not only mainstream authors but also those that are arguably unconventional, renowned scholar Linda Wagner-Martin gives the reader a solid framework and foundation to reading, understanding, and appreciating postmodern literature since its inception through the present day.
1 The Origins of the American Postmodern, Barth, Gass, Barthelme
2 The Books that Shaped Directions, Coover, Pynchon, DeLillo, Wallace
3 Other Dominant Authors
4 Postmodernism in Generations
5 Later Generations—Morrison, Doctorow, Kingston and Chabon
6 The Fusion of Genres in Twenty-First Century Literature
7 "9/11" as Insistent Game-Changer
8 Postmodern Writers in the Twenty-First Century
Routledge Introductions to American Literature provide critical introductions to the most important topics in American Literature, outlining the key literary, historical, cultural, and intellectual contexts. Providing students with an analysis of the most up-to-date trends and debates in the area, they also highlight exciting new directions within the field and open the way for further study. Volumes examine the ways in which both canonical and lesser known writers from diverse class and cultural backgrounds have shaped American literary traditions, addressing key contemporary and theoretical debates, and giving attention to a range of voices and experiences as a vital part of American life. These comprehensive volumes offer readable, cohesive narratives of the development of American Literature and provide ideal introductions for students.