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Postmodernist literature embraces quite a lot of varieties and views, together with texts which are basically self-reflexive; texts that use pastiche, burlesque, parody, intertextuality and hybrid types to create textual realities that both run towards or in parallel with an exterior fact; fabulations that strengthen either one of those suggestions; texts that ironize their dating to truth; works that use the points already famous to extra absolutely have interaction with political or cultural realities; texts that care for heritage as a fiction; and texts that elude categorization even in the style already explored. for instance, in fiction, a postmodernist novel may possibly inform a narrative a couple of author suffering from writing (only, probably, to discover that he's a personality in a e-book through one other author suffering to write down a book).

The A to Z of Postmodernist Literature and Theater examines the several parts of postmodernist literature and the diversity of kinds which have been produced. this is often entire via a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and several other hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries on person postmodernist writers, the $64000 postmodernist aesthetic practices, major texts produced during the historical past of postmodernist writing, and critical routine and concepts that experience created a number of literary techniques in the shape. via putting those matters in the old, philosophical, and cultural contexts of postmodernism, this reference explores the frameworks in which postmodernist literature of the overdue 20th and early twenty-first century operates.

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In fiction, a postmodernist novel might tell a story about a writer struggling with writing (only, perhaps, to find that he is a character in a book by another writer struggling to write a book) or deal with dissociated characters who cannot connect real-world phenomena with the language that they use to represent it. xxxi xxxii • INTRODUCTION Certainly, there are contemporary experimental texts such as these but they do not describe the entirety of postmodernist literature, not least because such involuted works can be considered to be more latemodernist in form, while their "postmodernist" features are often displayed more in their "postmodern" ideas about language and the indeterminacy of reality than in their textual strategies.

What this suggests is that the history of postmodernist literature is less linear and more wavelike than traditional forms of periodization allow, and that postmodernist literature needs to be considered geographically in order to understand its overlapping cultural expressions and to do justice to its persistence as a form after 1980. Such a geographical focus on the history of postmodernist literature also draws out the variety of forms it has taken. Postmodernist literature in the United States, for example, could not have developed in the way it did were it not for the rise of postmodernist forms in Latin America and their continuing expression in the late 1960s and 1970s.

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