5th. article in our 7-week series on the film Cosmopolis
Cosmopolis the styles of postmodern literature is very hard to define but it generally is any book written after the 2nd world war that is constructed in certain styles. It also goes against the Enlightenment style commonly used in books wrote between the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here is a brief description of the styles used. 
- Dark Humour: making fun of serious or taboo situations.
- Fabulation: fiction that does not conform to realism
- Historic metafiction: creating fiction out of historic events or people.
- Intertextuality: when another author’s work is featured/referenced in another author’s work.
- Irony: doing or saying the opposite of what is happening.
- Magic Realism: using elements (like magic) that are not possible in our reality.
- Maximalism: 1) complex and/or massive amounts of descriptive text. 2) Mass movement or trend.
- Metafiction: fictional writing drawing attention to the relationship between reality and fiction.
- Minimalism: using basic amounts of texts so the reader’s imagination creates the story.
- Paranoia: using heavily panic induced thoughts of oppression and harassment in plots.
- Pastiche: pasting together two or more genres.
- Poioumena: a story of the makingor tellingof another story.
- Technoculture and hyperreality: Using technology to cloud or simulate real life.
- Temporal distortion: using multiple realities or distortion of time.
With that in mind here are a few postmodern books that are similar to Cosmopolis.
Money: A Suicide Note by Martin Amis
Set in New York and London it features John Self, a successful commercial director and “consumer extraordinaire”, is invited to direct his first film. Soon he finds the cast hate each other and their characters, acquires a stalker, and discovers his girlfriend is cheating on him which sends him on a downwards spiral.
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
Set in Manhattan, it follows the daily life of Patrick Bateman, a successful investment banker. He mostly works out, eats out and spends a lot of money. He also happens to be psychopathic killer! This book was adapted into the famous movie of the same name and provided Christian Bale with a break out role.
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
This story takes place in London, Moscow and Tokyo and follows Cayce Pollard, a marketing consultant. She has a pathological sensitivity to logos which make her perfect to judge the effects of corporate logos. Cayce is hired to find the anonymous creators of artistic internet videos which appeals to her need to find patterns in meaningless data and sets her on to a tricky and dangerous journey.
Also see 4th. article in the series; Let It Express Itself: Post Modern Art & Cosmopolis
Please join us for a discussion Thursday 8/9/2012 @7pmE