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dc.contributor.supervisor Benzon, Kiki
dc.contributor.author Babalola, Titilola
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-20T18:56:22Z
dc.date.available 2014-10-20T18:56:22Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/3545
dc.description.abstract In this thesis, I examine absurd realism as a literary subgenre in postmodern American fiction. I define the concept of absurd realism, focusing on the features that characterize it as a postmodern subgenre. I also look at its relationship with other subgenres of literature such as realism, absurdism, magical realism, and satire. Through the analyses of three postmodern novels: David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King, Thomas Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49, and Steve Tomasula’s TOC: A New Media Novel, I illustrate how the features of absurd realism portray a postmodern world pervaded by boredom and chaos. I also consider how these texts convey the absurdity of human existence through the use of everyday characters, events, and setting. In summary, this thesis focuses on how the absurd occurrences and bizarre characters that exist within these books portray, in both literal and metaphoric senses, the complexity of the postmodern world. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of English, c2013 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Thesis (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Arts and Science) en_US
dc.subject Absurd realism en_US
dc.subject Postmodern American fiction en_US
dc.subject David Foster Wallace's The pale king en_US
dc.subject Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 en_US
dc.subject Steve Tomasula's TOC: A New Media Novel en_US
dc.title Absurd realism in postmodern American fiction: Wallace, Pynchon, and Tomasula en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of English en_US
dc.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.degree.level Masters
dc.proquest.subject 401 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 298 en_US
dc.proquest.subject 593 en_US
dc.proquestyes Yes en_US


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