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Willard Postmodernism -literature that reflects contemporary society It began as a reaction to the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. E.g. Kennedy’s assassination, space race, Vietnam, civil rights -Questions values, states there is no absolute truth Deconstruction: (French philosopher Derrida) -Words have no meaning in themselves, only have meaning in conjunction with opposition, e.g., hot/cold, good/evil -no absolute truth, situational ethics Modernism Reaction to WWI Questioning of traditional values rejection of technology and popular culture Refers to classical works mainly white male writers Postmodernism Reaction to the 1960s no absolute truth embraces technology and popular culture Refers to contemporary events media –driven culture multicultural writers Alice Walker
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Unformatted text preview: – African American Woman The Color Purple “Everyday Use”: Mother narrates about daughters Character: John Thomas – Maggie’s Boyfriend Dee (Wangero) – not burned in the house fire Maggie – harmed in the fire, a homebody Asalamalakin- Dee’s boyfriend Alice Walker represents both daughters Dee has been away at school, comes back with her boyfriend The Conflict: quilts that have been passed from generations Dee wants them for decoration Maggie wants to utilize; she ends up getting the blankets Amy Tan Daughter of Chinese immigrants; Chinese-American writer References to pop culture “Two Kinds”-Two kinds of daughters-cultural differences-Waverly and the protagonist -“Pleading Child” and “Perfectly Content” Willard...
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