Postmodern American Literature and Its Other

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Overview

Although literary postmodernism has been defined in terms of difference, multiplicity, heterogeneity, and plurality, some of the most vaunted authors of postmodern American fiction—such as Thomas Pynchon, Paul Auster, and other white male authors—often fail to adequately represent the distinct subjectivities of African Americans, American Indians, Latinos and Latinas, women, the poor, and the global periphery. In this groundbreaking study, W. Lawrence Hogue exposes the ways in which much postmodern American literature privileges a typically Eurocentric, male-oriented type of subjectivity, often at the expense of victimizing or objectifying the ethnic or gendered Other. In contrast to the dominant white male perspective on postmodernism, Hogue points to African American, American Indian, and women authors within the American postmodern canon—Rikki Ducornet, Kathy Acker, Ishmael Reed, and Gerald Vizenor—who work against these structures of stereotype and bias, resulting in a literary postmodernism that more genuinely respects and represents difference.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252033834
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 10/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

W. Lawrence Hogue is a professor of English at the University of Houston and the author of several books, including The African American Male, Writing, and Difference: A Polycentric Approach to African American Literature, Criticism, and History.

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Table of Contents


1 Postmodern American Literature and Its Other: The Euro-American Male, Woman, the African American, the American Indian, the Poor, and the Global Periphery 1
2 The Privileged, Sovereign, Euro-American (Male), Post/Modern Subject and Its Construction of the Other: Thomas Pynchon's V. and Paul Auster's The New York Trilogy 42
3 Constructing Woman as Subject: Rikki Ducornet's The Jade Cabinet and Kathy Acker's Pussy, King of the Pirates 94
4 Signifying Planetary Postmodernity: Ishmael Reed's Mumbo Jumbo and Gerald Vizenor's The Heirs of Columbus 143
5 Conclusion 189 Notes 193 Works Cited 199 Index 209
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