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Post-modern/post war lit

From the Modern to the Post-modern.

Compare Mahler:

…and Penderecki:

Post-modern religious awakening:

Arvo Part:


Preliminary: Religion in 20th-century literature

GK Chesterton (works in Gutenberg)

CS Lewis The Great Divorce (full text ebook)

JD Salinger Franny and Zooey ( free library) (comment)

Andrew Louth: From the Øιλοκαλíα to Franny’s pea-green book (essay)

Graham Greene Power and the Glory  

JRR Tolkein Lord of the Rings trilogy (comment)

Thomas Merton (link: America) Seven Storey Mountain (pdf)

Reading: Eliot, Auden and and the Idea of a Christian Poetics (thesis; pdf)


From Modernism to Postmodernism (Hoffman; survey; pdf)


In Philosophy

Sartre: Being and Nothingness (pdf)

Background: Irrational Man (Barrett, pdf)

Kierkegaard: Fear and Trembling, with Sickness Unto Death (pdf)

…and fiction:

Sartre: Nausea (pdf)

In Cinema:

Existentialism in French New Wave cinema:


Post-Modern class bookshelf:

John Steinbeck ( bio) Tortilla Flat (pdf) Grapes of Wrath (pdf)

WH Auden (Hannah Arendt) Selected Poems (pdf)

Toni Morrison (Internet Archive Open Library) Beloved (pdf); Critical analysis (Bloom; pdf)

Elizabeth Bishop (Poetry Foundation) Complete Poems (pdf)

Comment: God and Elizabeth Bishop: Meditation on Religion and Poetry (pdf)

Comparisons: Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, Adrien Rich, Anne Sexton

Samuel Beckett (Gutenberg — bio and selected texts) Waiting for Godot (pdf);  Krapp’s Last Tape and other plays (pdf); Cambridge Intro to Beckett (pdf)

Tom Stoppard (British Council page) Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (pdf); Critical study of Beckett, Stoppard, Churchill (pthsis)

John Fowles (author estate website) The Collector, The Magus; Fowles and Updike: critical comments

John Updike (Independent) Comment Rabbit, Run (pdf)

Italo Calvino (Paris Review page) Invisible Cities (pdf)

John Barth (Paris Review interview) The Sot-Weed Factor

Allen Ginsberg (author webpage) Howl (pdf)

JD Salinger (Catcher in the Rye; Franny and Zooey — free library; Adam Gopnik bioNew Yorker; Guardian interview with son, Matt Salinger — link); Critical interpretations (Harold Bloom, ed; — pdf)

Thomas Pynchon  (NY Magazine profile) The Crying of Lot 49 (pdf); Gravity’s Rainbow (pdf)

Joseph Heller (Vanity FairCatch 22 – novel and critical commentary)

Flannery O’Connor (Crisis Magazine profile) Complete Short Stories (pdf)

Don DeLillo (Guardian note) White Noise (pdf)

Umberto Eco (Counterpunch interview) The Name of the Rose (pdf); Foucault’s Pendulum (pdf)

Post-modern narrative devices:

Ring Lardner: The Haircut (link)

Don Marquis: archy and mehitabel (link)

Magic Realism:

Comment: The Companion  Magical Realism Lit (Hart, Ouyang; pdf)

Gabriel García Márquez: One Hundred Years of Solitude

Jorge Luis Borges: Collected Fictions

Gunther Grass: The Tin Drum

Salman Rushdie: Satanic Verses

Anthologies (all pdf):

Wonderful Town: New York Stories (Remnick)

Oxford Book of Short Stories (Pritchett)

Best American Short Stories (Updike)

Experimental narrative:

Lawrence Durrell: The Alexandria QuartetAlexandria Quartet as a transitional work in twentieth century literature (Niska, thesis; pdf)

Donald Barthelme: Sixty Stories (pdf)

  • Interactive fiction (links):

Zork (Infocom, MIT)

A Mind Forever Voyaging (originally Infocom, MIT)

Journalism and dystopian political commentary:

George Orwell The Road to Wigan Pier (pdf) and Down and Out in Paris and London (pdf); Animal Farm and 1984 (in one pdf vol; 1984 begins approx p86)

Aldous Huxley: Brave New World (pdf)

Post-Modern Criticism

See previous page: “New Criticism”, for context.

Elitist revolutionary:

Post-Modern critical theory, Deconstruction (Derrida, et al):

Yale lecture:


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