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1guilherme First Message
Jul 25, 2006, 8:44pm

So, let me see what worthy authors you are hiding in your libraries.

Jul 26, 2006, 6:07pm

I wonder what three of us owning the DSM-IV says about postmoderism?

Aug 11, 2006, 1:01am

And I own so many DSM-IV 'support books' (quick reference, etc). :P

I also enjoy all the copies of Lolita floating around this group.

4seanpmurray First Message
Mar 8, 2007, 9:38pm

Don't you think DF Wallace aligns himself against post-modernism? See, for instance, the essay "E Unibus Pluram" or the stories "Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way" or "My Appearance".

May 18, 2007, 11:34pm

I don't think the postmodern novel exists. Nothing written in the past 30 years is as experimental or self-referential or fractured as Don Quixote or Tristram Shandy. The novel was born free and the greatest novels have always played with form. That's not to criticize contemporary novelists, I think Pynchon, Wallace, Gaddis, DeLillo, Roth and others have rescued the novel when TV and film have tried to kill it off and high modernism reached a creative terminus with Joyce and Beckett. There is an after-modernism movement in fiction, but it shouldn't be confused with the postmodernism in other art forms like architecture and painting. The novel has never needed to be set free.

May 19, 2007, 7:47am

danconley: Hear, hear! I'd just add Thomas Carlyle's Sartor Resartus to the list of early novels that exhibit the characteristics we now associate with postmodernism.

Jun 20, 2007, 2:44pm

I agree with #5, postmodernism is not a literary movement, but it is a motif. Often what is termed PM is mostly just "pain in the ass to read" or "seeped in self assured irony".

Edited: Mar 14, 2008, 1:43pm

I have the DSM-IV Revised. I take it to family reunions, "just in case."

Mar 13, 2008, 6:28pm

That's funny enough that I can imagine Steven Wright or someone like him delivering it!

Mar 14, 2008, 2:27pm


My vocalized deliveries have been compared to Steven Wright on several occasions.

Thanksfully, I am not like that all of the time.