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Postmodernist Literature: Concept of Postmodernism, Characteristics of Postmodern Literature


Postmodernist Literature

Concept of Postmodernism

  • Postmodernism is a broad intellectual, artistic and philosophical movement that began in the mid to late eighteenth century. In a more general sense, it may also refer to the historical period which follows after the Modern era, and extends from the 1960՚s to the present.
  • Postmodernist approaches are characterized by an attitude of scepticism towards the “grand narratives” of the Modern Era. Grand narratives refer to Universalist conceptions of history, such as those of the Enlightenment, second wave Feminism or Marxism. For example, Enlightenment narratives characterize history as a linear progress…

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Gender Criticism: Concept, Characteristics, Criticism


Gender Criticism


This is a field of criticism which examines the role of gender in the production, reception, and evaluation of literature. The following are some of its main features:

  • Gender criticism is based on the assumption that gender is a social and cultural construction, which is not reducible to biological sex. As Simone De Beauvoir famously said, “one is not born a woman, one becomes one.” Thus, masculinity and femininity are seen as distinct from the biological state of being male or f…

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