Defining literary postmodernism in the twenty-first century

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This book suggests a definition of literary postmodernism, using detective and science fictions as a frame. Through an exploration of both prior theoretical approaches, and indicators through characteristics of postmodernist fiction, this book presents a structural framework to both understand and apply the lessons of postmodernism for the next generation. With a growing consensus that the postmodern era has passed, it is time to look back at the different conceptions of postmodernism and find a meaningful definition, one which can provide the foundation for future literary expression. This book provides such a reductive definition. This theory is then applied to genre fiction, looking at detective fiction and science fiction, demonstrating that postmodernism is found in the structure, rather than questions posed about literary expression. The book concludes with consideration of post-postmodern movements, and how they can be expressed given this definition of literary postmodernism, moving forward to the twenty-first century.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages206
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-15692-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-15693-0
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • postmodernism, Science Fiction, Crime Fiction, Literature, Svend Åge Madsen, Paul Auster, Detective Fiction

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