1. Before postmodernism; 2. Big bang; 3. The major phase: peak postmodernism, 1973-90; 4. Interregnum, 1989-2000; 5. After postmodernism.
This Introduction surveys the full spectrum of postmodern culture, from architecture and visual art to fiction, poetry, and drama.
Brian McHale is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of English at Ohio State University. He is the author of Postmodernist Fiction, Constructing Postmodernism, and The Obligation Toward the Difficult Whole. His articles have appeared in such journals as Diacritics, Genre, Modern Language Quarterly, Narrative, New Literary History, Poetics Today, Style, and Twentieth-Century Literature. He is currently co-editing, with Len Platt, The Cambridge History of Postmodern Literature.