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The Routledge Introduction to American Postmodernism

1st Edition

By Linda Wagner-Martin


170 pages

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Paperback: 9781138746657
pub: 2018-10-24
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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.

Table of Contents


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



About the Author

Linda Wagner-Martin is Frank Borden Hanes Professor of English and Comparative Literature emerita, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. A former Guggenheim fellow, a senior NEH fellow, and a Rockefeller Institute fellow, she received the Hubbell Medal for Lifetime Achievement in American Literature in 2012. Among her recent books are John Steinbeck: A Literary Life, Maya Angelou: Adventurous Spirit, and Hemingway’s Wars: The Public and Private Battles.

About the Series

Routledge Introductions to American Literature

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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 21st Century