You're probably wondering, what is Contemporary American Fiction. In order to define that we need to ask ourselves another question: What is postmodern literature?
To tell you the truth, I'm still trying to figure it out, because there seem to be various definitions in how to define it and none of it is consistent. Basically what my professor taught us is that postmodern literature basically:
1) Deals with the problems of consumer culture
2) Deals with the problems of media and hyperreality.
3) Deals with the grand narrative and how we cannot have one truth but many truths
4) Deals with the concept of chance rather than determined fate of events
5) Deals with the idea of an unresolved ending, unresolved question, just merely ends
That's the basics of it. I hope I haven't misinterpreted what he has told me. Very interesting concept and all. If you apply these definitions to the books listed above and read closely you will see those hidden concepts emerge from the text. Each book is unique unto itself and I highly recommend reading my favorites.
I like New York Trilogy because of the language. It takes the New York mystery story and takes it somewhere entirely else, on a road of language, religion, and unresolved story matters.
Fight Club deals with the idea of the loss of masculinity inside a consumer culture. In a desire to escape the repetitive boring feminine system society as created, the two main characters create a Fight Club to feel the surge of masculine bravado, only to create another system, one that it is in fact militaristic and brainwashing. You'll like the twist near the end, I won't spoil it.
10:01 is a series of vignettes, short little moments in the first ten minutes of the movie theater. Each vignettes enters inside each movie goer's head, each stylistically different, sometimes so surreal. One vignette even enters the screenplay formatting into one characters mind blurring the boundaries between screenplay and Fiction.
Well that's it for now. I'll talk more about these books at another time and go more in depth into their messages. For now, I need to do some homework. Keep reading everyone.