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What postmodernist critics do

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Esma Bagci

on 8 April 2014

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Transcript of What postmodernist critics do

Things you can do to literarily criticize a text as a
post-modernist
Try to discover the postmodernist themes, tendencies and attitudes within literary works of the twentieth century and explore their implications
Foreground the fiction which would be an example for the disappearance of the real`.
Discover 'intertextual elements' through parody, pastiche and allusion

but mostly with reference to other texts
Discover irony in a way to use it to revisit the past, not to destroy the past like modernists tried to.
Challenge the distinction between high and low culture creating a mixture of the two.
What postmodernist critics do
and an example of it

Highlight the element of 'narcissism' in narrative to question the own end and process of the same novel
Catcher in the Rye
is a book written by J.D. Sallinger in 1951.
postmodernist themes, tendencies and attitudes
Irony
Absurdity
Playfulness
Black Humor
Distrust
of theories and ideologies;
of the author/narrator, undermining his control of one voice
of modern assumptions about culture, identity, & history
Treating serious subjects as a joke
Blurred lines of reality!


`I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. If I'm on the way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera.`
It's humorless in overall
But Holden mourns for the loss of coherent world :( like a modernist would do.
HOWEVER
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