Defining Literary Postmodernism for the Twenty-First Century

Authors: Stephan, Matthias

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  • Contributes to the understanding and categorization of literary movements
  • Argues for a rethinking of the definition of postmodernism
  • Illustrates key aspects of postmodernism via genre fiction
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This book presents 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 identifies a structural framework to both understand and apply the lessons of postmodernism for the next generation. Within a growing consensus that the postmodern era has passed, this book examines the different conceptions of postmodernism and posits a meaningful definition, one which can provide the foundation for future literary expression. This theory is then applied to genre fiction, particularly detective fiction and science fiction, demonstrating that postmodernism is found in the structure, rather than questions posed about literary expression. Finally, Matthias Stephan considers post-postmodern movements, and how they can be expressed given this definition of literary postmodernism, moving forward to the twenty-first century.


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Matthias Stephan is Lecturer at Aarhus University, Denmark. He researches primarily on postmodernism, and its implications in the Gothic, science fiction, and crime fiction. He is general editor for Otherness: Essays and Studies, and coordinator of the Centre for Studies in Otherness. 


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“With a daring and inquisitive mind, Matthias Stephan defines literary postmodernism as a structure of consciousness, identifying Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizome as the trope that encapsulates this elusive phenomenon. A feast for thought, Stephan’s engaging – at times provocative – systematisation and modelling of a whole mindset is certain to leave a resounding echo in the mind of readers, inviting them to embrace change and relativism without losing their sense of political agency and direction.” (Maurizio Ascari, Assistant Professor of English Literature, Università di Bologna, Italy)

 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Defining Literary Postmodernism for the Twenty-First Century
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-15693-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-15693-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-15692-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 206
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