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The Cambridge Introduction to Postmodern Fiction


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  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521679572
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  • Postmodern fiction presents a challenge to the reader: instead of enjoying it passively, the reader has to work to understand its meanings, to think about what fiction is, and to question their own responses. Yet this very challenge makes postmodern writing so much fun to read and rewarding to study. Unlike most introductions to postmodernism and fiction, this book places the emphasis on literature rather than theory. It introduces the most prominent British and American novelists associated with postmodernism, from the 'pioneers', Beckett, Borges and Burroughs, to important post-war writers such as Pynchon, Carter, Atwood, Morrison, Gibson, Auster, DeLillo, and Ellis. Designed for students and clearly written, this Introduction explains the preoccupations, styles and techniques that unite postmodern authors. Their work is characterized by a self-reflexive acknowledgement of its status as fiction, and by the various ways in which it challenges readers to question common-sense and commonplace assumptions about literature.

    • Introduces the key authors and texts from both the US and UK
    • Offers overviews of key themes such as gender and colonialism
    • Grounds its discussions of theory in detailed discussions of literary texts
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    'Nicol's continuously readable Introduction is a valuable work of reference and one which many students will find helpful.' Notes and Queries

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521679572
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface: reading postmodern fiction
    1. Postmodern fiction: theory and practice
    2. Early postmodern fiction: Beckett, Borges, and Burroughs
    3. 1960s and 1970s US metafiction: Coover, Barth, Nabokov, Vonnegut, Pynchon
    4. The postmodern historical novel: Fowles, Barnes, Swift
    5. Postmodern-postcolonial fiction
    6. Postmodern fiction by women: Carter, Atwood, Acker
    7. Two postmodern genres: cyberpunk and 'metaphysical' detective fiction
    8. Fiction of the 'postmodern condition': Ballard, DeLillo, Ellis

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • British Authors/Genres/Themes: The Contemporary Novel
    • Contemporary American Fiction
    • Contemporary Literature
    • Experimental Fiction
    • Global Voices: Women Writers of the World
    • Introduction to Literary and Critical Studies I
    • Modern and Postmodern American Literature
    • Novel as Genre
    • Paradox and Metafiction
    • Postmodern American Fiction & Film
    • Postmodern Fiction (1945-Present)
    • Postmodern Novels
    • Postmodern and Contemporary Literature
    • Postmodernism
    • Postmodernism & Postmodernity
    • Reading and Writing Postmodern Fiction
    • Themes in Literature: Postmodernism
    • Women's Literature
  • Author

    Bran Nicol, University of Portsmouth
    Bran Nicol is a Reader in Modern and Contemporary Literature at the University of Portsmouth.

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