Recent efforts to change the shape and direction of the novel by such writers as Murdoch, Barth, Hawkes, Fowles, and Atwood.
For SPRING 2003: Postmodern Fiction: An Introduction. This class will provide an introduction to British and American postmodern fiction. We begin by distinguishing between high modernism's ambitious, self-confident artistry (Joyce, Hemingway) and the radical skepticism of its loyal opposition (Stein, Beckett). Afterwards, we will be reading four representative postmodern novels -- Don DeLillo's Mao II, Gayl Jones's Corregidora, David Markson's Wittgenstein's Mistress, and Jeanette Winterson's The Passion -- as well as selected short fiction by such authors as Angela Carter, Robert Coover, Lydia Davis, and Guy Davenport.
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