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1 Postmodernist Literature Present

2 Postmodernist Literature The Postmodernist Age begins after the end of World War II, when America (and the world) experiences a resurgence of hope, that life is, indeed, not meaningless.

3 Postmodernist Literature The Postmodernist Age begins after the end of World War II, when America (and the world) experiences a resurgence of hope, that life is, indeed, not meaningless. Recall that Modernists can not see the value of Life because Death seems to take away all meaning.

4 Postmodernist Literature The Postmodernist Age begins after the end of World War II, when America (and the world) experiences a resurgence of hope, that life is, indeed, not meaningless. Recall that Modernists can not see the value of Life because Death seems to take away all meaning. Recall King Solomon, the Book of Ecclesiastes: “Everything is meaningless...”

5 Postmodernist Literature But for Postmodernists, we look for ways of defeating Death:

6 Postmodernist Literature But for Postmodernists, we look for ways of defeating Death: (1) Postmodernism can be religious: King Solomon, the Book of Ecclesiastes, “Everything is meaningless... without God” Belief in an afterlife defeats Death “Afterlife” can be literal: John Proctor “Afterlife” can be metaphorical: Guy Montag

7 Postmodernist Literature But for Postmodernists, we look for ways of defeating Death: (2) Postmodernism can be nonreligious: To die is to be forgotten So, to defeat death is NOT to be forgotten Think: Walt Whitman’s “Souvenirs of Democracy” Think: Granger’s grandfather

8 Postmodernist Literature Characteristics of Postmodernist Literature: Common Themes: What is Truth? Truth is relative (my truth vs. your truth) There are NO absolutes, NO certainties (Death is no longer an absolute) You create your own sense of truth

9 Postmodernist Literature Characteristics of Postmodernist Literature: Common Themes: Time: Unlike the Transcendentalists, Postmodernists do NOT live in the present only. They live in the present and in the past and in the future simultaneously

10 Postmodernist Literature Characteristics of Postmodernist Literature: Common Themes: The Laws of Inertia: Objects in motion stay in motion until put to rest Objects at rest stay at rest until put in motion

11 Postmodernist Literature Characteristics of Postmodernist Literature: Characteristics: Circular motion, not out of monotony (like Modernism) but a connection to the past Open-endedness, endings without finality (like F-451) Characters who control their own fate Rejection of absolute meanings or “correct” interpretations


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