Jonathan Franzen at the End of Postmodernism (Continuum Literary Studies)

Jonathan Franzen at the End of Postmodernism (Continuum Literary Studies)

By: Stephen J. Burn (author)Paperback

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Jonathan Franzen is one of the most influential, critically-significant and popular contemporary American novelists. This book is the first full-length study of his work and attempts to articulate where American fiction is headed after postmodernism. Stephen Burn provides a comprehensive analysis of each of Franzen's novels - from his early work to the major success of The Corrections - identifying key sources, delineating important narrative strategies, and revealing how Franzen's themes are reinforced by each novel's structure. Supplementing this analysis with comparisons to key contemporaries, David Foster Wallace and Richard Powers, Burn suggests how Franzen's work is indicative of the direction of experimental American fiction in the wake of the so-called end of postmodernism.

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Stephen J. Burn is Associate Professor at Northern Michigan University, USA. He is author of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest (Continuum 2003) and co-editor of Intersections: Essays on Richard Powers (Dalkey Archive Press, 2008).


1. Jonathan Franzen and the End of Postmodernism; 2. In the Concrete Waste Land: The Twenty-Seventh City; 3. Midnight in the System Rooms: Strong Motion; 4. Millenial Fictions: The Corrections; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

Product Details

  • publication date: 27/10/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781441191007
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9781441191007
  • weight: 256
  • ISBN10: 1441191003

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