Postmodernism period of American Literature - 1946-Present

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Content:

  • people observe life as the media presents it, rather than experiencing life directly
  • popular culture saturates people's lives
  • absurdity and coincidence

Genre/Style:

  • mixing of fantasy with nonfiction; blurs lines of reality for reader
  • no heroes
  • concern with individual in isolation
  • detached, unemotional
  • usually humorless
  • narratives
  • metafiction
  • present tense
  • magic realism

Effect:

  • erodes distinctions between classes of people
  • insists that values are not permanent but only "local" or "historical"

Historical Context:

  • post-World War II prosperity
  • media culture interprets values

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