61 Essential Postmodern Reads: Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times' Jacket Copy section annotates a list of the 61 most essential Post-Modern reads. Are you the Po-Mo King or Queen? http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/jacke...

#61 is written on human flesh and therefore has no isbn to track or buy. http://www.ineradicablestain.com/skin...
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message 1: by LVR (new)

LVR Apparently, Hamlet is at the peak of postmodern literature for "disrupting form, being self-referential, and playing with language, and including 'fictional artifacts' like letters." Ha!


message 2: by Ben (new)

Ben This list is very strange. Aside from the very peculiar inclusion of Shakespeare, Kafka's "Metamorphosis" is considered a fairly typical exemplar of MODERNIST literature.


message 3: by Mark (new)

Mark Davess Looks interesting. Only commenting really so I can find it again, seeing as I can't vote on it.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads That's because it's a "frozen" challenge list, not a real list.


message 5: by Mark (new)

Mark Davess I know that, I didn't mind.


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

Shakespeare a Post-modernist? No.
Faulkner is usually associated with modernism, not post-modernism.
Hawthorne was not post-modern. His works are one of the reasons we got the Modernist movement in literature.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads It's a weird list. Not sure what the L.A. Times was smoking.


message 8: by bananya (new)

bananya what susanna said


message 9: by Aban (new)

Aban apparently this list has been selected in the most new postmodern way! Shakespeare,Hawthorne, and Kafka! very intelligent, bravo!


Sentimental Surrealist I can see Hamlet because of the metafiction involved, but Hawthorne?


message 11: by Nathan "N.R." (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis Sentimental Surrealist wrote: "I can see Hamlet because of the metafiction involved, but Hawthorne?"

Really have to keep in mind that this was produced by the LA Times. Their selection criteria resembles the characteristics of The Novel in general ;; and somehow they didn't mention a Federman novel. On the other hand, they did a really cool thing by having Vollmann review his own novel (because no on else would) :: "The Stench of Corpses" :: http://articles.latimes.com/2001/oct/...

; nevertheless there's lots of Essential Novels on this here list.


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

Interesting list. Commenting so I can find again


message 13: by Pam (new)

Pam Emma wrote: "Interesting list. Commenting so I can find again"

me too


message 14: by Mark (new)

Mark Davess °


message 15: by Reece (new)

Reece LeResche Good


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