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It includes works by sixty-eight authors: short fiction, novels, cartoons, graphics, hypertexts, creative nonfiction, and theoretical writings. This is the first anthology to do full justice to the vast range of American innovation in fiction writing since 1945.


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It includes works by sixty-eight authors: short fiction, novels, cartoons, graphics, hypertexts, creative nonfiction, and theoretical writings. This is the first anthology to do full justice to the vast range of American innovation in fiction writing since 1945.

30 review for Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology

  1. 4 out of 5

    Meadowlark

    I lost this book. I have no idea where it is.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darryl

    What can I say? This is a must-have book for anyone who wants ALL their lit theory bases covered. This collection culls short stories and excerpts from novels and culminates with a section on postmodernist theory itself. My favorites so far are the stories from Walter Abish, David Foster Wallace, Ishmael Reed, the immortal Grace Paley, Jay Cantor, Laurie Anderson) and some ultra-hip hypertext selections you can read at the Norton website. Highly ironic is the notion that in America (a country no What can I say? This is a must-have book for anyone who wants ALL their lit theory bases covered. This collection culls short stories and excerpts from novels and culminates with a section on postmodernist theory itself. My favorites so far are the stories from Walter Abish, David Foster Wallace, Ishmael Reed, the immortal Grace Paley, Jay Cantor, Laurie Anderson) and some ultra-hip hypertext selections you can read at the Norton website. Highly ironic is the notion that in America (a country not known for its ironic sensibilities) postmodernism has found a home in America (really- it's been a recognizable feature since WW2 with writers like Vonnegut, Pynchon, Heller, Oates, Le Guin and Barth) while being rejected in Europe, where it was developed. Irony-Tragedy-Parody-Pastiche, it's all here for maximum human enjoyment. My only quibble is that Philip K. Dick's VALIS would've been a great addition to this volume, but I guess there's only so much you can put in one book. Here's hoping that will be rectified with Postmodern American Fiction: Volume 2!

  3. 5 out of 5

    derek allard

    Like many anthologies there are going to be some misses, but the hits here are tremendous and deep and lingering. I suppose, too, you should have at least a postmoderny lean (or at least no postmoderny loathing). Many of these authors I’ve previously read and loved the work—Barthelme, Gass, Paley, Wallace—but why have none of you ever turned me on to Abish, Leyner, Daitch, and Kingston before? Your own fault, you say, and of course you’re right. So, my PSA: If you’re unfamiliar with these names, Like many anthologies there are going to be some misses, but the hits here are tremendous and deep and lingering. I suppose, too, you should have at least a postmoderny lean (or at least no postmoderny loathing). Many of these authors I’ve previously read and loved the work—Barthelme, Gass, Paley, Wallace—but why have none of you ever turned me on to Abish, Leyner, Daitch, and Kingston before? Your own fault, you say, and of course you’re right. So, my PSA: If you’re unfamiliar with these names, if you’ve never read their work, do yourself a favor and pick up this book. Don’t suffer the needless delays I did.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Conor

    Finding a good anthology of newer material is hard, especially considering that most of us find them at used book stores (as they tend to be expensive and daunting). This one I got for cheap and was surprised by how good the content was, as were many of my friends who checked it out. I added a good 10 books to my to-read list from this. I recommended at least checking out the selection list.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Conrad

    There aren't too many anthologies out there as handy as this one. My only complaint is that it doesn't contain many complete works, so most of its exerpts are just that, and the whole thing is sort of a long advertisement for other books. That said, it does have David Foster Wallace's great story, LBJ, and lots more besides. There aren't too many anthologies out there as handy as this one. My only complaint is that it doesn't contain many complete works, so most of its exerpts are just that, and the whole thing is sort of a long advertisement for other books. That said, it does have David Foster Wallace's great story, LBJ, and lots more besides.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bill Adelson

    What's great about this collection is that it has just a little bit of everything from Umberto Eco to Lynne Tillman. There are also graphic novel excerpts, comic books...basically everything from almost every author that someones likely to bring up in conversation. What's great about this collection is that it has just a little bit of everything from Umberto Eco to Lynne Tillman. There are also graphic novel excerpts, comic books...basically everything from almost every author that someones likely to bring up in conversation.

  7. 5 out of 5

    H.L. Nelson

    I'm in the middle of this, but it seems to be a pretty solid anthology of postmodern fiction since the mid-1900s. I like the section headings - that's an interesting way of dividing the stories up. My prof, co-editor Fred G. Leebron, did a fine job! I'm in the middle of this, but it seems to be a pretty solid anthology of postmodern fiction since the mid-1900s. I like the section headings - that's an interesting way of dividing the stories up. My prof, co-editor Fred G. Leebron, did a fine job!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kendra

    A very cool collection of excerpts from well known and lesser known American authors of postmodern fiction. I learned much about writing from examining the techniques used within these examples of short stories.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I finished reading most of the texts in this anthology a few months after my Modern/Post-Modern senior seminar. We only used it lightly in the course.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jose

    Nice introduction to the genre.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Schulof

    Excellent anthology.

  12. 4 out of 5

    io

    book club?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kris

    Read the selections decided upon by my professor for my final college writing course.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    Used this great anthology in my Naropa years.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Steven J.

    I first began reading this anthology (or perhaps I should say “attempted to read”) a little over a year ago. I thought it would be a good book to breeze through while teaching from home because of COVID. I was wrong. About the breezing, at least. While I was immediately met with authors I have loved and, for the most part, understood: Pynchon, Burroughs, Barthelme, I soon felt as if I were reading something in a foreign language. Robert Coover’s “The Phantom of the Movie Palace” and Mark Leyner’ I first began reading this anthology (or perhaps I should say “attempted to read”) a little over a year ago. I thought it would be a good book to breeze through while teaching from home because of COVID. I was wrong. About the breezing, at least. While I was immediately met with authors I have loved and, for the most part, understood: Pynchon, Burroughs, Barthelme, I soon felt as if I were reading something in a foreign language. Robert Coover’s “The Phantom of the Movie Palace” and Mark Leyner’s “The Making of ‘Tooth Imprints on a Corn Dog’ ” were two places that had to take considerable breaks, reading other stories or novels, sometimes in actual foreign languages. Read more here: https://stevenjkolbe.com/2021/07/10/p...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nahyan

    A great anthology that is really handy. It covers only American literature though and has nothing from the rest of the world. This anthology does seem slighted dated, the 90s now seems like another era, no longer the present one we are currently living in.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Platter

    Excellent introduction to postmodernism.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Allison Ricobene

    eeeh

  19. 4 out of 5

    Blair

    Some really good stuff in here, some duds. But worth it overall. IF you're a fan of contemporary US fiction, that is. Some really good stuff in here, some duds. But worth it overall. IF you're a fan of contemporary US fiction, that is.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Dobbs

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kalin

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kat Korsmo

  23. 4 out of 5

    Scott Olejnicak

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ribverb

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brett

  26. 5 out of 5

    Blake

  27. 4 out of 5

    Beverly Bentley

  28. 5 out of 5

    R.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Molly M M

  30. 4 out of 5

    Cristina

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