Category Archives: Modernity

Echoes of Eliot in David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace is much-beloved by enthusiasts of so-called postmodern literature, fiction dripping with irony, luxuriating in the annihilation of substance by form. His own fiction fits within the world of pomo-lit at least in its technical wizardry (Infinite Jest … Continue reading

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Seven markers of modernism

Sass catalogs seven traits that compose the ideal type of modernist sensibility (enfolding “postmodernism” as an offspring or sibling of modernism): 1. Avant-Gardism: “alienation from tradition” (30). As theorized by MacIntyre, this is of course fundamental to the “Enlightenment project” … Continue reading

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