Examine how Postmodernist literature can be challenging to read because of its varied characteristics.

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Postmodernist literature is often challenging to read and subsequently analyze due to not only its scope but also because of its manipulation of older tropes and writing techniques. There is an understanding in much postmodernist literature that our own analysis of events is often as real as it is fragmented....

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Postmodernist literature is often challenging to read and subsequently analyze due to not only its scope but also because of its manipulation of older tropes and writing techniques. There is an understanding in much postmodernist literature that our own analysis of events is often as real as it is fragmented. The self-awareness of Postmodernist literature allows for the understanding that we cannot suspend reality, but at the same time, we are required to.

One example of this simultaneous reality and suspension of reality is the style of historiographic metafiction. Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five is thought of as historiographic metafiction because it calls on the reader to analyze a real historic event, World War II. Vonnegut writes Slaughterhouse-Five in such a way that makes clear that it is impossible to truly recall the events of World War II with truth and impartiality. This is the difficulty in providing analysis to postmodernist literature: the level of self-awareness to postmodernist literature and its writers means that there are no clear answers; rather, almost through a type of Socratic method, the books only raise more questions.

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Postmodern style makes it challenging to read because of its deconstructionist nature.  The deconstructionism that is such a part of postmodernism is a condition in which the author is able to embrace different elements in the construction of their work. Narratives are not necessarily direct and the emergence of metanarratives become a trait commonly seen in Postmodern literature.  The presence of authorial intrusion and contradictions within story lines and the use of multiple story lines also becomes a part of this process.  The collage style that is used in Postmodern literature also enables more constructions and story lines to present itself.

For the Postmodern author, the manner in which narratives are presented are almost as important, if not more, than the narrative itself.  I think that this becomes where one can see how Postmodern literature is so challenging to read.  The need to deconstruct what literature is and move into what can be in terms of expressing a complex relationship towards truth and its depiction is where intricacy lies.  It is in this where the literature of the movement can be challenging to read.

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