Lesson Thirteen Postmodern Literature Qualities and Themes.docx

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1. Postmodern Qualities and Themes found in Postmodern Literature and Film: Pastiche : The taking of various ideas from previous writings and literary styles and pasting them together to make new styles. Intertextuality : The acknowledgment of previous literary works within another literary work. Metafiction : The act of writing about writing or making readers aware of the fictional nature of the very fiction they are reading. Temporal Distortion : The use of non-linear timelines and narrative techniques in a story. Minimalism : The use of characters and events, which are decidedly common and non-exceptional characters. Maximalism : Disorganized, lengthy, highly detailed writing. Magical Realism : The introduction of impossible or unrealistic events into a narrative that is otherwise realistic. Faction : The mixing of actual historical events with fictional events without clearly defining what is factual and what is fictional. Reader Involvement : Often through direct address to the reader and the open acknowledgment of the fictional nature of the events being described. Unreliable narrator : A narrator , whether in literature, film, or theatre, whose credibility has been seriously compromised. Human experience is ambiguous : Various experiences of everything that the movie has to offer is differentiated based on your own opinion or repetition of how you see the movie in a postmodernist point of view. Black comedy : A comic style that makes light of subject matter that is generally considered taboo. Dark humour : A form of humor involving a twist or joke making the joke seen as offensive, harsh, horrid. Yet the joke is still funny . You need to have pension for
dark humor in order to find it truly funny. In a way, it could be seen, as the jokes are so horrible in their twist that it makes it funny.

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