A Study of Postmodern Narrative in Michael Cunningham's The Hours

Hajar Abbasi Narinabad

Abstract


This project aims at providing a detailed analysis of the major features of the theory of postmodern narrative and at going through the novel The Hours by the American writer Michael Cunningham concentrating on some postmodern narrative techniques. To do so, the researcher goes through the theories set forth by some postmodern theoreticians like Roland Barthes, Jacque Derrida, Jean-François Lyotard and Julia Kristeva to investigate the postmodern narrative techniques and elements used in the novel. The researcher first examines the theories and then critically applies them on the novel. The article goes through the most eminent elements of postmodern narrative including intertextuality, stream of consciousness style, fragmentation and representation respectively which are delicately utilized in The Hours. The article concludes by recommending a few directions for the further research.

 


Keywords


Intertextuality, Stream of Consciousness, Fragmentation, Postmodern Reality

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/ijalel.v.1n.4p.257

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