Benjamin D. Muir is a writer and Doctoral candidate from Western Sydney. He writes and studies postmodern horror and was the recipient of 2019's AAWP/UWAP First Chapter Prize
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Is Postmodern Literature Dead, or Simply Out of Fashion?
Many considered the encyclopaedic novels of the late ’90s and early 2000’s such as Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves and most prominently, David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest to be, variously, postmodernist, or post-postmodernist – ‘New Sincerity," being a label applied to the latter. In the case of DFW, the abandonment of irony in place of sincerity was defined as the source of the departure from the genre or movement, while Danielewski’s act of essentially drawing out postmodern literature and all its tropes and threads to their logical conclusions was, essentially, concluding it there and then.