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4.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful survey of American contemporary postmodernism, 6 Sep 2010
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Paul Bowes (Wales, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Late Postmodernism: American Fiction at the Millennium (Hardcover)
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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Late Postmodernism: American Fiction at the Millennium
Late Postmodernism: American Fiction at the Millennium by Jeremy Green (Hardcover - 15 Jun 2005)
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