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Postmodernism in Pieces: Materializing the Social in U.S. Fiction

Matthew Mullins


This book re-examines the orthodoxies of literary postmodernism in light of recent theoretical developments such as new materialism, Actor-Network-Theory, object-oriented philosophy, and, to a lesser extent, Speculative Realism. The result is a new story about postmodernism that features everyday objects and their quotidian interactions with human subjects as the key players in postmodern fiction and the unlikely shapers of our most foundational assumptions about the relations we call social. In this view, postmodernism is a resolutely materialist aesthetic. Each chapter respectively explores ... More

Keywords: postmodernism, new materialism, object-oriented philosophy, literary history, fiction, thing theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190459505
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190459505.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Mullins, author
Assistant Professor of English, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary