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Contents Preface Acknowledgments One Postmodernism, Liberal Ironism, and Contemporary Storytelling Two Social Realism in the Postmodern Age Three "Middle Class Realism" and the Acceptance of the Reader Four Morality and Solidarity in the Ironic Novel Five "Evil is the Movement toward Void": Self- Absorption, Play, and the Ambiguous Gift of Genre in the Early Novels of Don DeLillo Six "Entropy and Efflorescence": To and From the Zero in the Early Novels of Paul Auster Seven "Nobody Would Believe a Word": Sincerity amid Terror in the Early Novels of Tim O'Brien Eight "Father's Gift of Mythopoesis and Love": Conflicted Voices in the Early Charles Johnson Nine "The Days of Being a Shadow Are Over": The Ironic Narrative in Practice Ten "Others First": Approaching Solidarity Afterword "Create the Counternarrative": Writings in a New Century Works Cited Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
American fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
Postmodernism (Literature) -- United States.
Experimental fiction, American -- History and criticism.
Johnson, Charles Richard, 1948- -- Technique.
Authors and readers -- United States.
Auster, Paul, 1947- -- Technique.
O'Brien, Tim, 1946- -- Technique.
DeLillo, Don -- Technique.
Irony in literature.