During the past couple of weeks, I've been working on developing various literature courses, including a course on the metafictional turn in contemporary young adult literature. As of now, I have entitled the course Book-Ception: The Metafictional Turn in Young Adult Literature. For those of you who are confused about the title, -Ception is a … Continue reading Developing a Course on Metafictional Young Adult Literature
Defining the parameters of postmodern literature is a daunting task, due not only to disagreements about what texts can or can't be approached as postmodern, but also to the paradoxical and elusive nature of the postmodern movement. Paradoxical seems to be an effective word to invoke when approaching postmodern literature--as Barry Lewis points out in his … Continue reading What is Postmodern Literature?
"Lost in the Funhouse" is a short story in John Barth's book of the same name, originally published in 1968. The stories within this collection are typically approached as postmodern due to their self-reflexivity, their self-awareness, and their use of self-reference. The short story "Life in the Funhouse," in particular, is known for its active … Continue reading John Barth’s “Lost in the Funhouse”: A Postmodern Critique of the Developmental Narrative
"No one will ever know anyone. We just have to deal with each other. You're not ever gonna know me." "What in the hell does that mean?" I ask. "It just means you're not ever gonna know me," he says. "Figure it out. Deal with it." - Bret Easton Ellis, The Rules of Attraction (p. 252) What does it … Continue reading Knowledge, Postmodernity, and Bisexual Love Triangles: Bret Easton Ellis’ The Rules of Attraction
Well I hate America, Louis. I hate this country. It's just big ideas, and stories, and people dying, and people like you. The white cracker who wrote the national anthem knew what he was doing. He set the word "free" to a note so high nobody can reach it. That was deliberate. Nothing on earth … Continue reading On Stasis, Mobility, and Postmodernism: Tony Kushner’s Angels in America