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tonnimorrisson | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 13, 2010 at 9:22 PM via web

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Is Jazz a modernist or post modernist novel?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 14, 2010 at 8:55 PM (Answer #1)

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I would say that Morrison's work is an example of post modernism.  I feel this because it seeks to increase the number of voices in the discourse, a fundamental premise of post- modernism.  The fundamental idea behind Morrison's work is the idea of "giving voice to the voiceless," and within this, one can hear the resonance of postmodernism, a movement where individuals seek to reclaim their voice and move from margin to center.  The work focuses on those who are dispossessed and in focusing on this subject matter, I would say the idea of post modernism is present as the movement sought to undercut the traditional narrative structure and order in its inclusion and importance of different and varied voices.

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