Science Fiction and Postmodern Fiction

A Genre Study

by Barbara Puschmann-Nalenz (Author)
Others 268 Pages
Series: American University Studies , Volume 29


In the years after 1950 a new generation of authors began to expand the thematic scope of Science Fiction, while also extending its narrative conventions by introducing ideas from modern psychology and surrealism. Science Fiction shares the new themes - the quest of identity, the relativity of time and consciousness, the overlapping of illusion and reality - with works of modern and especially postmodern fiction. On the other hand, the innovative postmodern fiction of Pynchon, Borges, Vonnegut, and William Burroughs incorporates Science Fiction motifs, thereby blending the two genres. This book, in a series of juxtapositions and contrastive literary analyses, clarifies and questions existing genre borderlines and breaks new ground in the literary theory of postmodern fiction and of Science Fiction.


ISBN (Hardcover)
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1992. 268 pp.

Biographical notes

Barbara Puschmann-Nalenz (Author)

The Author: Barbara Puschmann-Nalenz is Akademische Oberraetin at Ruhr-Universität in Bochum, Germany. She received her Ph.D. in English for a dissertation on Shakespeare's sonnets. Besides writing articles for professional journals on Shakespeare's plays, Restoration Drama, Afro-American Literature, and Stephen Crane, she also published German translations of two Shakespearean plays. Dr. Puschmann-Nalenz has also taught at Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO., the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, and Texas A & M University, College Station, TX.


Title: Science Fiction and Postmodern Fiction