Essay On Postmodern Literature

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The past century has seen an explosion of narratives wherein the literary greats contributed to the evolution of literature, recreated and embodied toward new textual genres. Their works project a rigid understanding of the author as a historically and culturally dependent membership constructed along the lines of gender, sexual orientation, class, and nationality. Authors of fiction have self-fashioned original revolutionary works, affirming and celebrating human creativity as the best means of illuminating and exploring the human, a new obsession with ingenuity spills over into fiction, the past blends with the present, history with imagination. Thus, they articulate, reflect on, and can be read through both modern and postmodern concerns. Directly or indirectly, a work of literature opens a window on the culture in which it is produced. Whether the work is T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922) or William Burroughs’s…show more content…
Both movements away from the apparent objectivity provided by omniscient third-person narrators, fixed narrative points of view, and clear cut moral positions. Another factor is that both postmodern and modern literature search into the problem of subjectivism in character development, as a result turning from external reality to examine into the inner states of consciousness. In many cases, both attach on modernist tradition of the stream of consciousness styles developed by Virginia Woolf and James Joyce, or the explorative poems style developed by T. S. Elliot in The Waste Land; these and other examples of various connections between modernist and postmodernist novels by different authors shows that the narrative art of fiction is many-faceted. Such an aesthetic, thematic, and narrative stylistic multiplicity invites explorations from different angles and issues a chain of high aesthetic literary
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