Historical Dictionary of Postmodernist Literature and Theater

By (author) Fran Mason

Hardback - £111.00

Publication date:

12 December 2016

Length of book:

586 pages


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

ISBN-13: 9781442276192

The main aim of the book has been to include writers, movements, forms of writing and textual strategies, critical ideas, and texts that are significant in relation to postmodernist literature. In addition, important scholars, journals, and cultural processes have been included where these are felt to be relevant to an understanding of postmodernist writing.

This second edition of Historical Dictionary of Postmodernist Literature and Theater contains a chronology, an introduction, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 400 cross-referenced entries on postmodernist writers, the important postmodernist aesthetic practices, significant texts produced throughout the history of postmodernist writing, and important movements and ideas that have created a variety of literary approaches within the form. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the postmodernist literature and theater.
This significantly expanded second edition continues to build a bold framework for exploring the highly debated, complex, evolving literary movement of postmodernism. In addition to over 400 cross-referenced and alphabetically arranged entries, the volume includes an excellent introduction, a chronology of significant dates and literary works from 1939 to 2015, a handy list of acronyms, and an extensive, updated 75-page bibliography. The rewarding and informative 25-page introduction offers an unusually nuanced survey of the complexities of the field in providing multiple meanings of the term ‘postmodernism’ related to cultural production, poststructuralist theories, and aesthetic approaches. While continuing to focus on individual writers, trends, stylistic forms, critical ideas, and texts significant to postmodernism, including important scholars, journals, and cultural influences, Mason has supplemented the present edition with the names of writers who have recently emerged, consolidated their reputation, or become better known or influential. The addition at the end of a larger number of references and entries related to worldwide postmodernist literature reflects the increasing availability of English translations of important works.