In this Book
- Postmodern/Postwar and After: Rethinking American Literature
- Published by: University of Iowa Press
- Series: New American Canon
- View |
- View Citation
The first section of essays returns to the category of the “post-modern” and argues for the usefulness of key concepts and themes from postmodernism to the study of contemporary literature, or reevaluates postmodernism in light of recent developments in the field and historical and economic changes in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. These essays take the contemporary abandonments of postmodernism as an occasion to assess the current states of postmodernity. After that, the essays move to address the critical shift away from postmodernism as a description of the present, and toward a new sense of postmodernism as just one category among many that scholars can use to describe the recent past. The final section looks forward and explores the question of what comes after the postwar/postmodern.
Taken together, these essays from leading and emerging scholars on the state of twenty-first-century literary studies provide a number of frameworks for approaching contemporary literature as influenced by, yet distinct from, postmodernism. The result is an indispensable guide that seeks to represent and understand the major overhauling of postwar American literary studies that is currently underway.
Table of Contents
- Part I. Dialogue
- pp. 25-26
- Part II. The Postmodern Revisited
- pp. 57-58
- Part III. The Postwar Reconfigured
- pp. 125-126
- Cold War, Post–Cold War: What Was (Is) the Cold War?
- pp. 141-152
- Download |
- Part IV. What Comes After
- pp. 179-180