Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace and the problems of 'metamodernism': post-millennial post-postmodernism?

Eve, Martin Paul (2012) Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace and the problems of 'metamodernism': post-millennial post-postmodernism? C21 Literature: Journal of 21st Century Writings, 1 (1). pp. 7-25. ISSN 2045-5224

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Abstract

David Foster Wallace’s long standing ambition was to move beyond postmodern irony, which he claimed introduced ‘sarcasm, cynicism, a manic ennui, suspicion of all authority, suspicion of all constraints on conduct’ into literature and culture. This article disturbs and troubles the concept of a millennial turning point for notions of a revived, ethically viable fiction. Arguing that if twenty-first-century fiction is easiest to categorize as metamodern, it is because of a shift of critical perspective overly rooted in positivist historical thinking, seeking a parallel progression in its object of study. Rather, this shift should now recognize that metamodern ontology and epistemology are also applicable to many postmodern fictions to their fictions.

Keywords:Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, Metamodernism, post-postmodernism, contemporary fiction, Gravity's Rainbow, Infinite Jest, Kant, postmodernism
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q320 English Literature
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
ID Code:7162
Deposited On:11 Jan 2013 20:28

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