The Fiction of Postmodernity

The Fiction of Postmodernity


By (author) Stephen Baker


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  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 234mm x 18mm | 388g
  • Publication date: 7 June 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Lanham, MD
  • ISBN 10: 074250199X
  • ISBN 13: 9780742501997
  • Edition: 224
  • Sales rank: 949,241

Product description

The Fiction of Postmodernity is a significant and accessible study of the relation of postmodern fiction to theories of the postmodern. Contemporary works of fiction by novelists such as Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Thomas Pynchon, and Martin Amis are viewed in relation to critiques of the "culture industry," analyses of the "postmodern condition," and theories of simulacra. The work of influential theorists of the postmodern-such as Theodor Adorno, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Fredric Jameson and Jean Baudrillard-is explained and compared. The book offers descriptions of the postmodern from both the Marxist critical tradition and from the perspective of postmarxism. Key features in both these definitions are explained in relation to modernist and postmodern works of fiction. Issues relating to the postmodern representation of history and the development of a postmodern politics are also addressed in relation to works of contemporary fiction.

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Author information

Stephen Baker is lecturer in English at South Bank University in London.

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Broken Promise: Ideology and the Ageing of the New Chapter 3 Postmodern Reflections: Thinking after Marxism Chapter 4 Postmodern Reflections: Postmodernity and the Historical Novel Chapter 5 Postmodern Political Fictions Chapter 6 Postmodern Inadequacies: Adorno Contra Jameson