Postmodernist Reality: Postmodernist Fiction, Realism, and the Representation of Reality
By Linda Darling
Published by MC Publishing
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Published: March 20, 2011
Words: 21,299 (approximate)
This eloquent introduction to postmodernism explores how post-war British fiction reinvents and re-evaluates the literary conventions of Realism. By focusing on the modes postmodern Bristish novelists approach the relations between past and present, the elusiveness of history, and the distortions of memory, the author shows how Realism is extended to portray multiple realities.
This eloquent introduction to postmodernism explores how post-war British fiction reinvents and re-evaluates the literary conventions of Realism. By exploring how classic literary devices such as the omniscient narrator, narrative closure, coherent narration and characterisation are reworked, the author shows how Realism is extended to portray the multiple realities that characterise our contemporary world.
The novels discussed include Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor (1985), Kazuo Ishiguro’s When We Were Orphans (2000), Ian McEwan’s Atonement (2001), Julian Barnes’s Flaubert’s Parrot (1984), and A History of the World in 10½ Chapters (1989). By focusing on the modes these literary texts approach the relations between past and present, the elusiveness of history, and the distortions of memory, this study sets out to show how postmodern British fiction reconceptualises the reader’s conceptions of both historical knowledge and fiction.
, postmodern fiction
, literary history and criticism
, historiographic metafiction
, omniscient narrator
, postmodernist fiction
, postwar british fiction
, realist text
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