E. L. DOCTOROW AS A POSTMODERN AMERICAN NOVELIST: THE ROLE OF HISTORIOGRAPHY AND ETHNOGRAPHY

Manoj Kumar Yadav

Abstract


E. L. Doctorow was a popular American novelist. As a historical novelist of Postmodern America, he was a writer of high reputation and wide recognition. Postmodernism in America is a recent literary trend. In the present paper, an attempt has been made to highlight on the postmodernism in America with some references to modern critical canons and some of his major works. Postmodernism cannot be defined but it can be a way to analyze many aspects of modern time. Modernism denies following past events whereas postmodernists enjoy it. This theory has different opinions with the endless profiles of the time’s continuity that stop us to its fixed definition. Postmodernism is not convinced and satisfied with the mere study of the bare facts of history because history is simply the record of the past events; so it wants to discover a way to describe the historical facts for justifying it also. Postmodernism emphasizes that past history must be studied in the perspective of the present. In other words, it can be said that the past must be resolved in light of the present. This paper also presents a comparative attempt on the emergence of postmodernism with the political prediction in the American political system figures.

 

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simultaneous, foundationalistic, emancipation, homogeneity, multifacetness, indeterministic, mundane, deconstruction

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Christopher Morris, “What’s Wrong with Postmodernism: Critical Theory and the Ends of Philosophy”, (New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1990), P.-4.

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Web links

http://collectivescrapbook.blogspot.com/2013/03/hannah-postmodernism-and-american-dream.html

https://www.academia.edu/20193614/The_Collusion_of_Feminist_and_Postmodernist_Impulses_in_E.L._Doctorow_s_Ragtime

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