Postmodern American Fiction
A Norton Anthology


Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments


I. Breaking the Frame
THOMAS PYNCHON (b. 1937)
from The Crying of Lot 49

WILLIAM BURROUGHS (1914-1997)
Nova Express
Crab Nebula

DONALD BARTHELME (1931–1989)
See the Moon?
Sentence

RICHARD BRAUTIGAN (1935–1984)
Trout Fishing in America
The Cover for Trout Fishing in America
Trout Death by Port Wine

NTOZAKE SHANGE (b. 1948)
Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo
Indigo

ISHMAEL REED (b. 1938)
Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down
Chapter 1

WILLIAM GASS (b. 1924)
In the Heart of the Heart of the Country

KURT VONNEGUT (b. 1922)
Breakfast of Champions
Preface
Chapter 1

GRACE PALEY (b. 1922)
The Pale Pink Roast

WALTER ABISH (b. 1931)
Ardor/Awe/Atrocity

CAROLE MASO (b. 1955)
From The American Woman in the Chinese Hat

JAYNE ANNE PHILLIPS (b. 1952)
Bluegill

LYNNE TILLMAN (b. 1947)
Living with Contradictions


II. Fact Meets Fiction
TRUMAN CAPOTE (1924–1984)
From In Cold Blood

NORMAN MAILER (b. 1923)
Armies of the Night
From Part II: Friday Afternoon

AUDRE LORDE (1934–1992)
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name
Chapter 4

WILLIAM T. VOLLMANN (b. 1959)
The Rainbow Stories
The Visible Spectrum
A Note on the Truth of the Tales

THERESA HAK KYUNG CHA (1951–1982)
Dictee
Clio History

TIM O’BRIEN (b. 1946)
How to Tell a True War Story

GLORIA ANZALDÚA (b. 1942)
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
Tlilli, Tlapalli: The Path of the Red and Black Ink


III. Popular Culture and High Culture Collide
JAY CANTOR (b. 1948)
Krazy Kat
Our Town
From The Gadget

LYNDA BARRY (b. 1956)
Come Over Come Over
Knowing Things
The Surprise

LAURIE ANDERSON (b. 1947)
Stories from the Nerve Bible
12. Maps and Places
15. Black Fire on White Fire
24. Talkshow
48. Stories from the Nerve Bible
49. This Storm

ROBERT COOVER (b. 1932)
A Night at the Movies
The Phantom of the Movie Palace

MARK LEYNER (b. 1956)
Tooth Imprints on a Corn Dog
The Making of "Tooth Imprints on a Corn Dog"

CURTIS WHITE (b. 1951)
Memories of My Father Watching T.V.
Combat

RICARDO CORTEZ CRUZ (b. 1964)
Premature Autopsies
Welcome to the Ghetto

BOBBIE ANN MASON (b. 1940)
Shiloh

BARRY GIFFORD (b. 1946)
Wild at Heart
Wild at Heart
Hunger in America
Locus Ceruleus


IV. Revisiting History
ART SPIEGELMAN (b. 1948)
From Maus

TONI MORRISON (b. 1931)
From Beloved

PHILLIP ROTH (b. 1933)
The Ghost Writer
Femme Fatale

LESLIE MARMON SILKO (b. 1948)
From Ceremony

E. L. DOCTOROW (b. 1931)
The Leather Man

SUSAN DAITCH (b. 1954)
X Y

SHERMAN ALEXIE (b. 1966)
Captivity

JOSEPH HELLER (b. 1923)
Catch-22
Chapter 9. Major Major Major Major

DAVID FOSTER WALLACE (b. 1962)
Lyndon

V. Revising Genre
JOYCE CAROL OATES (b. 1938)
The Turn of the Screw

KATHY ACKER (1944-1997)
Great Expectations
I Recall My Childhood

JOHN BARTH (b. 1930)
Chimera
Dunyazadiad

PAUL AUSTER (b. 1947)
City of Glass
Chapter 1

PAUL KARASIK (b. 1956) AND DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI (b.1960)
From Paul Auster’s CITY OF GLASS

MAXINE HONG KINGSTON (b. 1940)
Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book
From Trippers and Askers

SAMUEL R. DELANY (b. 1942)
Neveryóna
1. Of Dragons, Mountains, Transhumance, Sequence, and Sunken Cities, or: The Violence of the Letter

ROSARIO FERRÉ (b. 1942)
The Youngest Doll

MARILYNNE ROBINSON (b. 1944)
Housekeeping
From Chapter 8

HELEN MARÍA VIRAMONTES (b. 1954)
The Cariboo Cafe


VI. Technoculture
WILLIAM GIBSON (b. 1948)
The Gernsback Continuum

URSULA K. LE GUIN (b. 1929)
Schrödinger’s Cat
She Unnames Them

DON DELILLO (b. 1936)
White Noise
Chapter 7
Chapter 9
Chapter 17

JOANNA RUSS (b. 1937)
The Female Man
Part One

GERALD VIZENOR (b. 1934)
Feral Lasers

OCTAVIA BUTLER (b. 1947)
Imago
Chapter 1

NEAL STEPHENSON (b. 1959)
Snow Crash
Chapter 1

DOUGLAS COUPLAND (b. 1961)
Generation X
Shopping Is Not Creating

J. YELLOWLEES DOUGLAS (b. 1962)
From I Have Said Nothing

MICHAEL JOYCE (b. 1945)
From afternoon, a story


VII. A Casebook of Postmodern Theory
HÉLÈNE CIXOUS (b. 1937)
From Sorties: Out and Out: Attacks/ Ways Out/ Forays

IHAB HASSAN (b. 1925)
Toward a Concept of Postmodernism

MICHAEL BÉRUBÉ (b. 1961)
Public Access From Just the Fax, Ma’am: Or, Postmodernism’s Journey to Decenter

DONNA HARAWAY (b. 1944)
From A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century

UMBERTO ECO (b. 1932)
Postscript to The Name of the Rose
From Postmodernism, Irony, the Enjoyable

Bell Hooks (b. 1955)
Postmodern Blackness

JEAN BAUDRILLARD (b. 1929)
Simulacra and Simulation
From The Precession of Simulacra

TERRY HARPOLD (b. 1959)
Conclusions

TRINH T. MINH-HA (b. 1952)
From Woman, Native, Other

FREDRIC JAMESON (b. 1934)
From Postmodernism and Consumer Society

Permissions Acknowledgments
Index