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Postmodernism and the Contemporary Novel

A Reader

Edited by Bran Nicol

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Postmodernism and the Contemporary Novel: A Reader is the first book to collect together the most important contributions to the theory of the postmodern novel over the last forty years and to guide readers through the complex questions and wide-ranging debates: what are its characteristics? Which novels and authors belong to the category? Does it even deserve to be a category on its own? From which traditions does it emerge? How does it relate to previous forms of the novel and to other aspects of postmodern culture?

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Contents

Introduction: What We Talk About When We Talk About Postmodernism
1: The Postmodern Condition
MAPPING POSTMODERNISM
1. Fredric Jameson, 'The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism' (1991)
2. David Harvey, 'Time-space Compression and the Postmodern Condition' (1989)
3. Andreas Huyssen, 'Mapping the Postmodern' (1986)
NARRATIVE, KNOWLEDGE, REPRESENTATION
4. Jean-François Lyotard, from The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge (1979)
5. Jean Baudrillard, 'The Precession of Simulacra' (1981)
IRONY AND 'DOUBLE-CODING'
6. Umberto Eco, 'Postmodernism, Irony, The Enjoyable' (1985)
7. Charles Jencks, Post-Modernism Defined' (1986)
DIAGNOSING POSTMODERNISM
8. Slavoj Zizek 'You May!' (1998)
2: The Postmodern Turn
9. John Barth, 'The Literature of Exhaustion' (1967)
10. Irving Howe, 'Mass Society and post-modern fiction' (1959)
11. Susan Sontag, 'One Culture and the New Sensibility' (1965)
12. Leslie Fiedler, 'Cross the Border - Close the Gap' (1969)
13. William Spanos, 'The Detective and the Boundary: Some Notes on the Postmodern Literary Imagination' (1972)
14. Ihab Hassan, 'POSTmodernISM: A Paracritical Bibliography' (1971)
15. Gerald Graff, 'The Myth of the Postmodernist Breakthrough' (1973)
3: Postmodern Poetics
THE NOVEL FORM
16. Roland Barthes, from S/Z (1970)
17. Mikhail Bakhtin, from 'Dialogue and the Novel' (1981)
18. Patricia Waugh, from Metafiction (1984)
TOWARDS A POETICS OF POSTMODERN FICTION
19. David Lodge, 'Postmodernist Fiction' (1977)
20. Brian McHale, 'Change of Dominant' (1986)
21. Linda Hutcheon, from A Poetics of Postmodernism (1988)
POSTMODERN GENRE
22. Stephano Tani, from The Doomed Detective (1984)
4: Postmodern Politics
POLITICS AND FICTIONALITY
23. Linda Hutcheon, from The Politics of Postmodernism (1989)
24. Thomas Docherty, 'The Ethics of Alterity' (1988)
25. Paul Maltby, from Dissident Postmodernists (1991)
FEMINISM AND POSTMODERNISM
26. Meaghan Morris, 'Feminism, Reading, Postmodernism' (1993)
27. Donna Haraway, 'A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s' (1985)
IS THE 'POST' IN POSTCOLONIAL THE SAME AS THE 'POST' IN POSTMODERN?
28. bell hooks, 'Postmodern Blackness' (1993)
29. Kwame Anthony Appiah, 'The Postcolonial and the Postmodern' (1992)
TECHNOLOGY AND PARANOIA
30. Veronica Hollinger, 'Cybernetic Deconstructions: Cyberpunk and Postmodernism' (1990)
31. Patrick O'Donnell, 'Engendering Paranoia in Contemporary Narrative', (1992)
Works Cited.

About the Author

Bran Nicol is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Portsmouth. His publications include books on Iris Murdoch and D. M. Thomas, and articles on psychoanalytic and cultural theory.