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Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  146 ratings  ·  15 reviews
It includes works by
sixty-eight authors: short fiction, novels, cartoons, graphics,
hypertexts, creative nonfiction, and theoretical writings. This is the
first anthology to do full justice to the vast range of American
innovation in fiction writing since 1945.
Paperback, 704 pages
Published September 17th 1997 by W. W. Norton & Company
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Oct 19, 2008 Darryl rated it 5 of 5 stars
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What can I say? This is a must-have book for anyone who wants ALL their lit theory bases covered. This collection culls short stories and excerpts from novels and culminates with a section on postmodernist theory itself. My favorites so far are the stories from Walter Abish, David Foster Wallace, Ishmael Reed, the immortal Grace Paley, Jay Cantor, Laurie Anderson) and some ultra-hip hypertext selections you can read at the Norton website. Highly ironic is the notion that in America (a country no ...more
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ix-xxx: "Introduction" (21)
1-3: "Pt. 1: Breaking the Frame" (2)
4-15: Thomas Pynchon, from "The Crying of Lot 49" (11)
15-25: William S. Burroughs, from "Nova Express" (10)
25-33: Donald Barthelme, "See the Moon?" (8)
33-37: Donald Barthelme, "Sentence" (4)
37-42: Richard Brautigan, from "Trout Fishing in America" (5)
41-54: Ntozake Shange, from "Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo" (13)
294-300: Art Spiegelman, from "Maus" (7)
341-345: Sherman Alexie, "Captivity" (5)
393-395: "Pt. 5: Revising Tradition" (3
Finding a good anthology of newer material is hard, especially considering that most of us find them at used book stores (as they tend to be expensive and daunting). This one I got for cheap and was surprised by how good the content was, as were many of my friends who checked it out. I added a good 10 books to my to-read list from this. I recommended at least checking out the selection list.
There aren't too many anthologies out there as handy as this one. My only complaint is that it doesn't contain many complete works, so most of its exerpts are just that, and the whole thing is sort of a long advertisement for other books. That said, it does have David Foster Wallace's great story, LBJ, and lots more besides.
Bill Adelson
What's great about this collection is that it has just a little bit of everything from Umberto Eco to Lynne Tillman. There are also graphic novel excerpts, comic books...basically everything from almost every author that someones likely to bring up in conversation.
H.L. Nelson
I'm in the middle of this, but it seems to be a pretty solid anthology of postmodern fiction since the mid-1900s. I like the section headings - that's an interesting way of dividing the stories up. My prof, co-editor Fred G. Leebron, did a fine job!
I finished reading most of the texts in this anthology a few months after my Modern/Post-Modern senior seminar. We only used it lightly in the course.
Some really good stuff in here, some duds. But worth it overall. IF you're a fan of contemporary US fiction, that is.
Read the selections decided upon by my professor for my final college writing course.
Amanda Platter
Excellent introduction to postmodernism.
Used this great anthology in my Naropa years.
Nice introduction to the genre.
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