Postmodern Narrative Choices and the African American Novel
Jean-François Lyotard’s concept of local narratives and grand narratives helps show how African American novels, using postmodern strategies, function as small-scale narratives. Consequently, these narratives, set up in opposition to hegemonic metanarratives, offer readers an alternative mode of thinking to that offered by the larger, more widely diffused and self-distributing grand narratives. By providing realistic characters in ways that defy the typical grand narratives of race, as well as the expectations of storytelling itself, readers are stimulated into new realizations about previously accepted ideas, and become prepared to spread the now-realized truth about the inaccuracies of the racist grand narratives.
This book is a vital and thought-provoking addition to the ongoing conversation about storytelling and race, and will engage readers in classroom discussions dealing with race, postmodernism, or twentieth-century literature in a more general sense.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Cooper, Preston Park.Playing with expectations: postmodern narrative choices and the African American novel /Preston Park Cooper.pages cm. — (Modern American literature: new approaches; v. 70)Includes bibliographical references and index.1. American literature—African American authors—History and criticism.2. American fiction—20th century—History and criticism.3. American fiction—21st century—History and criticism.4. African Americans in literature. 5. Narration (Rhetoric)—History—20th century.6. Postmodernism (Literature)—United States. I. Title.PS153.N5C68 810.9’896073—dc23 2015014866ISBN 978-1-4331-3006-9 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4539-1541-7 (e-book)ISSN 1078-0521
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