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The Routledge Introduction to American Postmodernism

ISBN 9781138746657
Published October 24, 2018 by Routledge
178 Pages

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Book Description

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



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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.