Speculative Realism and the Postrace Aesthetic in Contemporary American Fiction

Chapter in A Companion to American Literary Studies, Eds. Caroline F. Levander & Robert S. Levine

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In this new work, Saldivar is concerned with what he sees as a large-scale generic, formal, and aesthetic turn on the part of some contemporary American writers to a ‘post-postmodern’ and ‘postrace’ era in American literature. He suggests that ethnic minority writers are at the forefront of this shift but that it is not limited to writers of colors alone. In this chapter, he identifies some features of the transformation in American fiction being wrought by this speculative realism and the postrace aesthetic in the wake of the era of postmodernism.

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