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Day: April 5, 2016

Postmodern Use of Parody and Pastiche

Postmodern literature’s celebratory mode of experimentation found new impetus with the usage of parody and pastiche. While a parody imitates the manner, style or characteristics of a particular literary work/ genre/ author, and deflates the original by applying the imitation… Read More ›

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Historiographic Metafiction

A term originally coined by Linda Hutcheon, in A Poetics of Postmodernism, historiographic metafiction includes those postmodern works, usually popular novels, which are “both intensely self-reflexive and paradoxically lay claim to historical events and personages”. This is categorically a postmodern… Read More ›

Historiography

The postmodern idea of history repudiates the humanist notion that it corresponds faithfully to reality and asserts that it is textual and mediated in order to validate power centres. Thus, while “history” deals with the past, “historiography” deals with the… Read More ›

Foucault’s Concept of Power

Although the interrogation of power on a wider scale is implicit in Derrida‘s deconstruction of logocentrism- the belief that language provides access to truth — the interest in power and its workings that dominates the  poststructuraiist criticism of the 1980s… Read More ›

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