Postmodern Studies

Articles from No. 48, 2012

Allegory and Fragmentation in Wyndham Lewis's the Wild Body and Djuna Barnes's A Book
Abstract. Fragmentation is usually treated as a central category in Anglo-American modernism, particularly in its most canonical configuration. It is also a crucial feature of the historical avant-gardes that flourished at roughly the same time. However,...
A Move against the Dinosaurs: The New Puritans and the Short Story
Abstract. The short story in Britain experienced a modest, but significant, change in its fortunes at the end of the 1990s and in the first years of the new millennium. Despite the bleak commercial prospects for the short story as a genre, new authors...
Introduction
The present volume is a collection of critical essays on short stories published during the period in which modernism and postmodernism developed. As a whole, it is also a reassessment of modernism, postmodernism and their interrelationship, from the...
Man in a Sidecar: Madness, Totality and Narrative Drive in the Short Story
Abstract Taking as its starting point the philosopher Stanley Cavell's brief reflections on Poe's "The Imp of the Perverse" and writing as self-understanding, self-concealment and madness - and as its founding image Cary Grant speaking of love alone...
Mind the Gap: Modernism in Salman Rushdie's Postmodern Short Stories
Abstract. Contrary to current readings of Rushdie's poetics in postmodern terms, we propose a modernistic approach to Rushdie's short story collection East, West. This paper considers the internal coherence of this collection as well as its ellipsis...
Modernism, Postmodernism and the Short Story
Abstract This essay discusses the different approaches to modernism and postmodernism together with the development of the modern short story in English and its theorisations. Drawing on Dominic Head's The Modernist Short Story (1992), the essay highlights...
One anOther: Englishness in Contemporary Irish Short Fiction1
Abstract. Reaching out toward the Other has been rendered problematic in communities where colonialist and nationalist discourses have had contesting and contested views on difference. This essay discusses the extent to which Britain has featured as...
Postmodernist Tales from the Couch1
Abstract. This paper concentrates on the work of Samuel Delany (1942-) and Hart Crane (1899-1932) examining as a case study Delany's short fiction in Atlantis: Three Tales (1995), specifically its second story "Atlantis: Model 1924", as a complex intertextual...
Stories, Spectres, Screens
Abstract. The ghost story plots an occluded continuity between modernist and postmodernist forms of short fiction, its movement displaying, within dominant literary traditions, the defamiliarising effects associated with the uncanny: in modernism, it...
The Short Story and the Difficulty of Modernism
Abstract. The difficulty of the modernist text is usually considered an effect of its rhetorical density and superabundant allusiveness. However, difficulty is also a feature of writing that foregrounds its shortness or transparency, and which makes...
The Writing Machine: J. G. Ballard in Modern and Postmodern Short Story Theory
Abstract. This chapter begins as a critical reflection upon my book, The Short Story: An Introduction (2009). There, I argued against the New Critical glossing of the short story in modernist terms, and suggested an approach that might tally with Gilles...
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