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  • Postmodernism In Good Country People

    After the events of WWII, to say that America had changed drastically was an understatement; with the entirety of the Cold War, amongst other political strife at home and abroad, America during this time was an era of conflicting ideals. Consequently, literature changed its perspective; most commonly, however, was the transition from modernist ideals to postmodernist ideals. Much like modernism, post-modernism offered to reject the ideals presented by popular trends during their time; yet for postmodernism, the rejection, in this case, mostly dealt with homogeneity (a universal standard defined by advancements in American quality of life) and how literature acts as a deconstructive tool (Byam 2259-2260). Yet many of these deconstructions during this era ended up clashing due to the increasing influence of psychological and sociological advancements, which gave a better understanding of human nature; which then lead to a major schism between literary writers and critics. That schism, however, enabled many writers during that era flourished from that clash of ideals; yet one writer, in particular, stands out: Flannery O’Connor. Specifically, O’Connor is a notable postmodernist American writer due to her own take of postmodernism: a witty deconstruction of conventional regionalist tropes. Flannery O’Connor’s life started in Savannah, Georgia in 1925 and spent the majority of her short life (she died before her 40th birthday) with her family in Milledgeville, Georgia (Byam 2523)…

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