Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sixty-one essential postmodern reads

At the Los Angeles Times Jacket Copy blog, Carolyn Kellogg, George Ducker, and David L. Ulin came up with a list of essential postmodern reads.

"The thing about postmodernism is it's impossible to pin down exactly what might make a book postmodern," Kellogg acknowledges. The attributes of the texts on the list include: "the author is a character, fiction and reality are blurred, the text includes fictional artifacts, such as letters, lyrics, even whole other books, and so on."

One title on the list:
Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
Read about another book on the list.

Absalom, Absalom! also appears on Sarah Churchwell's list of "Six Books on the American Deep South."

--Marshal Zeringue