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Postmodernism is an important philosophical movement in literature and art. It is sometimes called postmodernism because it questions the traditional forms of literature, such as Western classical literature, as well as literature from other cultures, such as that of the Asian countries. The main characteristic of this philosophy is its rejection of the modernist approach to life and society. Postmodernists question the validity of certain elements of scientific knowledge and value, as well as the methods of certain forms of expression, such as that of the novel.
What are postmodern writers? A few common characteristics of postmodern literature include an emphasis on critical evaluation, an exploration of social spaces and the associated meaning system, an examination of the effect of technological developments on society, an attempt to challenge established authority, and an emphasis on individual and group identity. Some of the most important literary works which belong to the genre are: The Decay, Persian Resignation, and Burden. The term “postmodernism” was first used in reference to the literature produced after the First World War. Today, the term has a broader meaning, which includes an array of related styles, including Popular Modernism, Alternative Modernism, Postbiotic Modernism, and Deconstructivist Modernism.
What is metafiction? Metafiction is a form of literary fiction in which the writer plays with elements of the metalinguistic subject. The elements are usually characters who have been completely stripped of their outer layers and placed in the situation of their story. This type of writing became popular in the twenties and thirties and has since become associated with a rejection of the flat, finite nature of reality. Many prominent postmodern authors are masters of metafiction.
The focus of postmodernism is to question, test, and confront the borders of time and reality. This is done through the creation of fractured structures, or scenes that present multiple interpretations of the same information. The fractured structure is the postmodernist’s way of asking and challenging, the reader to view events and characters in different ways. In other words, to view things from multiple perspectives.
A very influential author who regards postmodernism as a field is Kurt Vonnegut. Born in Roundslake, New York, Vonnegut spent much of his early years traveling between his home in Montana and New York City. His writings are characterized by a simplicity which comes from his background in technical engineering. Some of his most popular works include Man With One Red Shoe, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Eat Pray Love, and Mother and Child separately, and As I Lay Waiting for the Night.
Another highly influential author whose work greatly influenced the formation of the postmodernist movement is Franz Kafka. Born in Hungary, Kafka lived in Germany during the period of World War II. Although he was constantly troubled by the conflict, he was able to develop a form of literary criticism that focused on the ways in which postmodern writers were communicating feelings of contemporary society. Some of his strongest influences include Franz Kafka, Albert Camus, and Franz Kafka. In fact, some of the elements of postmodernism began with the works of these three authors. The fragmentation of literary style is often seen in the manner in which Kafka presented his ideas.
During the first part of the 20th century, many prominent writers who were associated with the postmodernism movement included figures like Joseph Cornell, Philip Hawley, Edith Wharton, Edward Said, and Morris Louis. One of the most important precursors to the creation of the modern literary genre was the writing of French existentialist philosopher Jean-Michel Lessini. He spoke often about the fractured nature of modern life, the need to balance human desire with the realities of practical survival. His writing became very influential to the creation of postmodernism. Other writers who were associated with the postmodernism movement included poet Yehuda Amorel and philosopher Karl Jaspers.
Today there are many different interpretations of postmodernism. While many people see it as a movement that has nothing to do with the world of modern culture, others view it as a legitimate literary genre. Postmodern literature can be viewed as a valuable addition to the field of literature.