Postmodern Counternarratives

Irony and Audience in the Novels of Paul Auster, Don DeLillo, Charles Johnson, and Tim O'Brien

By Christopher Donovan

© 2005 – Routledge

260 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415803441
pub: 2009-06-16
Hardback: 9780415971270
pub: 2004-12-26

About the Book

This book provides a wide-ranging discussion of realism, postmodernism, literary theory and popular fiction before focusing on the careers of four prominent novelists. Despite wildly contrasting ambitions and agendas, all four grow progressively more sympathetic to the expectations of a mainstream literary audience, noting the increasingly neglected yet archetypal need for strong explanatory narrative even while remaining wary of its limitations, presumptions, and potential abuses. Exploring novels that manage to bridge the gap between accessible storytelling and literary theory, this book shows how contemporary authors reconcile values of posmodern literary experimentation and traditional realism.

About the Author

Christopher Donovan is Dean of Gregory College House at the University of Pennsylvania, where he lectures in the departments of English and Critical Writing and oversees residential programs in Modern Languages and Film Culture.

About the Series

Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

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Subject Categories

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FICTION / Literary