Postmodernism | Brian McHale

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of Postmodernism.
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Brian McHale

SOURCE: "Writing about Postmodern Writing," in Poetics Today, Vol. 3, No. 3, Summer, 1982, pp. 211-27.

In the following omnibus review of several critical works on postmodernist literature, McHale finds similarities and differences among the conclusions drawn by Christine Brooke-Rose, Christopher Butler, Anne Jefferson, and Alan Wilde.

"Postmodern"? No such word appears in the index of Ann Jefferson's book on the nouveau roman,1 nor does it occur in the chapters that Christine Brooke-Rose devotes to contemporary French writing. Yet Brooke-Rose's index2 does give a number of page-references under "postmodern (postmodernism, postmodernist)," including two entire chapters. All these contexts turn out to be discussions of contemporary American writing: for Brooke-Rose, "postmodernism" is the name of an exclusively American school or movement. But even having restricted it in this way, she is not much satisfied with this equivocal term: "postmodernism," she writes,

is a sort of English equivalent to nouveau nouveau...

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