American Fiction: Modernism-Postmodernism, Popular Culture, by Jaroslav Kusnir

By Jaroslav Kusnir

Jaroslav Kušnír’s e-book American Fiction: Modernism-Postmodernism, pop culture, and Metafiction is a sequel to his prior examine on American postmodern fiction entitled Poetika americkej postmodernej prózy: Richard Brautigan and Donald Barthelme [Poetics of yankee Fiction: Richard Brautigan and Donald Barthelme]. Prešov: Impreso, 2001. It explores a variety of facets of yank postmodernist fiction as manifested within the works by means of Richard Brautigan, Donald Barthelme and different American postmodernist authors comparable to Robert Coover, E. L. Doctorow, Kurt Vonnegut and Paul Auster. examining a variety of brief tales and novels, the writer exhibits modifications among modernist and postmodernist literature within the works of Donald Barthelme; the way in which postmodern parodies of well known literary genres supply a critique of a few features of yank cultural id and adventure (the American Dream, individualism, consumerism); and he additionally exhibits other ways postmodern authors comparable to Robert Coover, Kurt Vonnegut and Paul Auster create metafictional impression as some of the most major points of postmodern literature.

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