Modernism In American Literature Video Lesson Transcript
About Postmodernism in Literature
Postmodernism in literature is not an organized movement with leaders or central figures; therefore, it is more difficult to say if it has ended or when it will end (compared to, say, declaring the end of modernism with the death of Joyce or Woolf). Arguably postmodernism peaked in the 1960s and 1970s with the publication of in 1961, in 1968, in 1969, and many others. Thomas Pynchon's 1973 novel is "often considered as postmodern novel, redefining both and the novel in general."
Postmodernism, to most critics, is a phase - but of what?
is a technique popular among Latin American writers (and can also be considered its own genre) in which supernatural elements are treated as mundane (a famous example being the practical-minded and ultimately dismissive treatment of an apparently angelic figure in 's ""). Though the technique has its roots in traditional storytelling, it was a center piece of the , a movement coterminous with postmodernism. Some of the major figures of the "Boom" and practitioners of Magic Realism (, etc.) are sometimes listed as postmodernists. This labeling, however, is not without its problems. In Spanish-speaking Latin America, and refer to early 20th-century literary movements that have no direct relationship to and in English. Finding it anachronistic, has argued that postmodernism is an imported grand récit that is incompatible with the cultural production of Latin America.