Tuesday, July 21, 2009

61 essential postmodern reads

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

"The thing about postmodernism is it's impossible to pin down exactly what might make a book postmodern," Kellogg acknowledges. Some of 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:
Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar
Read about the other books on the list.

Hopscotch also appears on Chris Power's "critic's chart" of six linguistic experiments.

--Marshal Zeringue