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    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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    Abstract

    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.

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    Item Type: Article
    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: 06 Aug 2017 09:13
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/12246

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