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Beyond Modernism: The American Postmodern Novel

  • Mario Farina
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Abstract

Finally, what I intend to show in the last chapter is an example of the efficacy of Adorno’s philosophy of literature to explain and evaluate one of the most radical literary phenomena of the late twentieth century, that is the development of the so-called American postmodern novel. According to his theory of art, in fact, post-modern novel can be seen neither as an arbitrary ruin of the artistic form (pace all conservative interpretations), nor as the celebration of the end of every kind of artistic commitment in literary creation, but instead as the last chance to build an artistic and aesthetic form in the context of art’s fragmentation. Following this idea, I develop a concrete example of literary interpretation by testing an Adorno-inspired conceptual toolbox, precisely through the interpretation of three American postmodern novels: Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, and Don DeLillo’s Underworld.

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  • Mario Farina
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  1. 1.Department of Letters and PhilosophyUniversity of FlorenceFirenzeItaly

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