Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace and the problems of "metamodernism": post-millennial post-postmodernism?

Eve, Martin (2012) Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace and the problems of "metamodernism": post-millennial post-postmodernism? C21 Literature, 1 (1). pp. 7-25. ISSN 2045-5216

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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.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
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Depositing User: Martin Eve
Date Deposited: 08 May 2013 11:53
Last Modified: 08 May 2013 12:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/37165
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