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Postmodern Literary Period

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Patrick Derenze

on 10 October 2012

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by Patrick Derenze Postmodern Literary Movement Defining the movement is difficult because we are currently living it, but some ideas are agreed to be associated with this literary development. Postmodern Literature is a period ranging from post World War II till today. These characteristics include the use of irony, playfulness, metafiction, and black humor. Postmodern literature also does not follow traditional genre structure. Meaning that is becomes even more difficult to define The postmodern movement is defined by certain characteristics. During the second half of World War II, a soldier named Yossarian is stationed with his Air Force squadron on the island of Pianosa, near the Italian coast in the Mediterranean Sea. Yossarian and his friends endure a nightmarish, absurd existence defined by bureaucracy and violence: they are inhuman resources in the eyes of their blindly ambitious superior officers. The squadron is thrown thoughtlessly into brutal combat situations and bombing runs in which it is more important for the squadron members to capture good aerial photographs of explosions than to destroy their targets. Their colonels continually raise the number of missions that they are required to fly before being sent home, so that no one is ever sent home. Still, no one but Yossarian seems to realize that there is a war going on; everyone thinks he is crazy when he insists that millions of people are trying to kill him.

Catch-22 is a law defined in various ways throughout the novel. First, Yossarian discovers that it is possible to be discharged from military service because of insanity. Always looking for a way out, Yossarian claims that he is insane, only to find out that by claiming that he is insane he has proved that he is obviously sanesince any sane person would claim that he or she is insane in order to avoid flying bombing missions. Elsewhere, Catch-22 is defined as a law that is illegal to read. Ironically, the place where it is written that it is illegal is in Catch-22 itself. It is yet again defined as the law that the enemy is allowed to do anything that one can’t keep him from doing. In short, then, Catch-22 is any paradoxical, circular reasoning that catches its victim in its illogic and serves those who have made the law. Catch-22 can be found in the novel not only where it is explicitly defined but also throughout the characters’ stories, which are full of catches and instances of circular reasoning that trap unwitting bystanders in their snaresfor instance, the ability of the powerful officer Milo Minderbinder to make great sums of money by trading among the companies that he himself owns. Catch-22 as a Postmodern Novel "They're trying to kill me," Yossarian told him calmly.
"No one's trying to kill you," Clevinger cried.
"Then why are they shooting at me?" Yossarian asked.
"They're shooting at everyone," Clevinger answered. "They're trying to kill everyone."
"And what difference does that make?" Quotes from Catch-22 I like to think (and

the sooner the better!)

of a cybernetic meadow

where mammals and computers

live together in mutually

programming harmony

like pure water

touching clear sky.

I like to think

(right now, please!)

of a cybernetic forest

filled with pines and electronics

where deer stroll peacefully

past computers

as if they were flowers

with spinning blossoms

I like to think

(it has to be!)

of a cybernetic ecology

where we are free of our labors

and joined back to nature

returned to our mammal

brothers and sisters

and all watched over

by machines of loving grace. Postmodern Poetry Catch-22 by Joseph Heller Sources Cited One work that greatly used irony was Catch-22, by Joseph Heller. It does not conform to a particular genre either. "Major Major never sees anyone in his office while he's in his office." Postmodern poetry follows the same guidelines as literature, in that it uses irony, and black humor. This poem by poet, and author Richard Brautigan, titled All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace, can be seen doing just this http://20th-century-philosophy.wikispaces.com/Catch-22+as+Postmodern+Literature http://classes.berklee.edu/llanday/spring02/tech/pomopoetry.htm http://www.novelguide.com/Catch22/toptenquotes.html http://www.webtruth.org/articles/cultural-issues-26/postmodernism-35.html Joseph Heller, was born on May 1, 1923, and died on– December 12, 1999. He was an American satirical novelist, short story writer, and playwright. Heller is widely regarded as one of the best post World War II satirists. Although he is remembered primarily for Catch-22, his other works center on the lives of various members of the middle class and remain exemplars of modern satire.

In 1942, at age 19, he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps. Two years later he was sent to the Italian Front, where he flew 60 combat missions as a B-25 bombardier. Richard Gary Brautigan (January 30, 1935 – ca. September 14, 1984) was an American novelist, poet, and short story writer. His work often employs black comedy, parody, and satire. It is the literary term describing fictional writing that self-consciously and systematically draws attention to its status as an artifact in posing questions about the relationship between fiction and reality, usually using irony and self-reflection. It can be compared to presentational theatre, which does not let the audience forget it is viewing a play; metafiction does not let the reader forget he or she is reading a fictional work. Thank you
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