Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace and the problems of 'metamodernism': post-millennial post-postmodernism?
Eve, Martin Paul (2012) Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace and the problems of 'metamodernism': post-millennial post-postmodernism? C21 Literature: Journal of 21st Century Writings 1 (1), pp. 7-25. ISSN 2045-5224.
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David Foster Wallace?s long standing ambition was to move beyond postmodern irony, which he claimed introduced ?sarcasm, cynicism, a manic ennui, suspicion of all authority, suspicion of all constraints on conduct? into literature and culture. This article disturbs and troubles the concept of a millennial turning point for notions of a revived, ethically viable fiction. Arguing that if twenty-first-century fiction is easiest to categorize as metamodern, it is because of a shift of critical perspective overly rooted in positivist historical thinking, seeking a parallel progression in its object of study. Rather, this shift should now recognize that metamodern ontology and epistemology are also applicable to many postmodern fictions to their fictions.
|School:||Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English and Humanities|
|Research Centre:||Contemporary Literature, Centre for|
|Depositing User:||Martin Paul Eve|
|Date Deposited:||02 Jun 2015 11:59|
|Last Modified:||07 Dec 2016 15:37|
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