AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume3, Number2.May 2019                                    Pp. 14-21

The Literature of Exhausted Possibility: The Entanglement of Postmodern Fiction

Abdelhamid Ibn Badis University of Mostaganem, Algeria


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Postmodern literature, fiction in particular, is, according to Barth (1984), a literature of exhausted possibility due to its entangled thematic and technical approach which defies the conventional modern fictional form. It reflects the zeitgeist or the spirit of postmodernism which is regarded as a revaluation of the modern enterprise; an enterprise that embodies universality and coherence. The present research paper attempts to address the recurrent thematic element that postmodern fiction revolves around: that of the presence of the historiographic element in postmodern fiction which reflects in itself the evaluation of past history; such a fictional preoccupation reflects the major postmodern philosophers’ and thinkers’ concerns, such as those of Lyotard and Baudrillard, on the impossibility for the existence of a universal coherent history. This criterion is one amongst other criteria that justify the exhaustion of postmodern fiction.

Cite as:

LARBI, N. (2019). The Literature of Exhausted Possibility: The Entanglement of Postmodern Fiction. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies, 3 (2)14-21.


Dr. Nariman LARBI is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of British Literature: the English Novel
and Literary Movements, at Mostaganem University, Algeria. Graduated in 2008, she was granted
a BA in Australian Studies from University Rennes 2, Brittany – France. She took pregraduate linguistic courses in Cambridge University, England, obtained a Magister Degree
in British Literature from Oran University and a PhD Degree from Tlemcen University,
Algeria. She is fascinated with the Philosophy of Literature and researches on Modern and
Postmodern British and Arabic fiction. ORCid ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0888-2741