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Author Hogue (English, U. of Houston) provides an extensive critique of postmodern American literature, characterizing it as a predominantly Eurocentric, male-oriented style of subjectivity--and often detrimental to the "other" (African Americans, Native Americans, women, and the poor). In doing so, the author pits the work of authors such as Rikki Ducornet, Kathy Acker, and Ishmael Reed against the most lauded pillars of the form: Thomas Pynchon and Paul Auster. He contends that postmodern African American, American Indian, and women authors write about the postmodern era in ways very different from white men, as they are extremely concerned about issues of racism and sexism. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Although literary postmodernism has been defined in terms of difference, multiplicity, heterogeneity, and plurality, some of the most vaunted authors of postmodern American fiction--such as Thomas Pynchon, Paul Auster, and other white male authors--often fail to adequately represent the distinct subjectivities of African Americans, American Indians, Latinos and Latinas, women, the poor, and the global periphery. In this groundbreaking study, W. Lawrence Hogue exposes the ways in which much postmodern American literature privileges a typically Eurocentric, male-oriented type of subjectivity, often at the expense of victimizing or objectifying the ethnic or gendered Other. In contrast to the dominant white male perspective on postmodernism, Hogue points to African American, American Indian, and women authors within the American postmodern canon--Rikki Ducornet, Kathy Acker, Ishmael Reed, and Gerald Vizenor--who work against these structures of stereotype and bias, resulting in a literary postmodernism that more genuinely respects and represents difference.

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Redefining postmodern American literature to include the voices of women and nonwhite writers

About the Author

W. Lawrence Hogue is a professor of English at the University of Houston and the author of several books, including The African American Male, Writing, and Difference: A Polycentric Approach to African American Literature, Criticism, and History.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252033834
Author:
Hogue, W. Lawrence
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American
Subject:
American literature
Subject:
Postmodernism (Literature)
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
American literature -- 20th century.
Subject:
Postmodernism (Literature) -- United States.
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20081231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Although literary postmodernism has been defined in terms of difference, multiplicity, heterogeneity, and plurality, some of the most vaunted authors of postmodern American fiction--such as Thomas Pynchon, Paul Auster, and other white male authors--often fail to adequately represent the distinct subjectivities of African Americans, American Indians, Latinos and Latinas, women, the poor, and the global periphery. In this groundbreaking study, W. Lawrence Hogue exposes the ways in which much postmodern American literature privileges a typically Eurocentric, male-oriented type of subjectivity, often at the expense of victimizing or objectifying the ethnic or gendered Other. In contrast to the dominant white male perspective on postmodernism, Hogue points to African American, American Indian, and women authors within the American postmodern canon--Rikki Ducornet, Kathy Acker, Ishmael Reed, and Gerald Vizenor--who work against these structures of stereotype and bias, resulting in a literary postmodernism that more genuinely respects and represents difference.
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