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Late Postmodernism: American Fiction at the Millennium [Hardcover]

Jeremy Green
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15 Jun 2005
Does the novel have a future? Questions of this kind, which are as old as the novel itself, acquired a fresh urgency at the end of the twentieth-century with the rise of new media and the relegation of literature to the margins of American culture. As a result, anxieties about readership, cultural authority and literary value have come to preoccupy a second generation of postmodern novelists. Through close analysis of several major novels of the past decade, including works by Don DeLillo, Philip Roth, Kathryn Davis, Jonathan Franzen and Richard Powers, Late Postmodernism examines the forces shaping contemporary literature and the remarkable strategies American writers have adopted to make sense of their place in culture.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (15 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140396632X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403966322
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,429,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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JEREMY GREEN is Assistant Professor in the English Department of the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.

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This is a thoughtful contribution to the debate concerning the future of the novel from an American perspective. Green identifies two central problems - 'the novelist's sense of impending obsolescence' and 'a perceived loss of cultural authority' and explores a variety of writerly responses through an examination of specific texts.

It will be clear from the choice of authors that Green's focus is on those who have picked up the gauntlet thrown down by earlier postmodernists: this is not an overview of contemporary American writing, and 'identity literature' in particular is conspicuous by its absence. However, Green is alert enough to go beyond the usual formalist suspects: he discusses Roth, Barth, DeLillo, Franzen and Powers, but includes the significantly under-appreciated Kathryn Davis, David Markson, and Evan Dara: Carole Maso, Dodie Bellamy and William Gibson also receive briefer attention. His discussions are conceptually wide-ranging and show an awareness of the circumstances of production and reception of literature in a media-saturated environment that is relatively unusual in an American literary academic.

Green clearly believes that the novel has a future. A worthwhile read for the serious student of contemporary American literature.
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