Donald Barthelme<br />RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br />Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Game”<br />Postmodernism<br />
What—if anything—seems to make the most sense to you? The least sense?<br />What do you think is Barthelme’s point about t...
<ul><li>Absurdity of two assumptions: that there is a structure, and that there is not
Metafiction: Works which try to deal with and discuss the nature of fiction writing (and often their own composition) dire...
Charged with nihilism, solipsism </li></ul>RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br /><ul><li>Representative of the style of fiction o...
<ul><li>Hegemonic ideal dominates
M.A.D.
Mutual Assured Destruction</li></ul>RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br />Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Game”<br />Postmoderni...
Such a “catchall” it may not have significance as a term anymore…<br />But here are some “characteristics”:<br />RUNDOWN<b...
Surreal<br />RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br />Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Game”<br />Postmodernism<br />
Art for art’s sake<br />RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br />Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Game”<br />Postmodernism<br />
Language is impotent, corrupt, dangerous, outdated<br />RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br />Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Ga...
Rise in subjectivity<br />Art asks its consumers to take an active role in creating meaning.<br />RUNDOWN<br />“The School...
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Donald Barthelme And Post Modernism

  1. 1. Donald Barthelme<br />RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br />Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Game”<br />Postmodernism<br />
  2. 2. What—if anything—seems to make the most sense to you? The least sense?<br />What do you think is Barthelme’s point about the value of life and death?<br />RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br />Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Game”<br />Why does Barthelme have the gerbil knock at the door at the end?<br />Postmodernism<br />
  3. 3. <ul><li>Absurdity of two assumptions: that there is a structure, and that there is not
  4. 4. Metafiction: Works which try to deal with and discuss the nature of fiction writing (and often their own composition) directly, even as they proceed</li></ul>RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br />Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Game”<br />Postmodernism<br /><ul><li>Characters: Struggle with failed structures—the Church, fatherhood, marriage, psychiatry, government</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Interested in the deterioration of the “language machine”
  5. 5. Charged with nihilism, solipsism </li></ul>RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br /><ul><li>Representative of the style of fiction of the 70s</li></ul>Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Game”<br />Postmodernism<br />
  6. 6. <ul><li>Hegemonic ideal dominates
  7. 7. M.A.D.
  8. 8. Mutual Assured Destruction</li></ul>RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br />Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Game”<br />Postmodernism<br /><ul><li>Series of escalations</li></li></ul><li>What kind of character is our narrator? How is he similar to the narrator in “The School”? How is he different?<br />RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br />Why do you think Barthelme chose to characterize the narrator as he did?<br />Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Game”<br />Postmodernism<br />What about the narrator’s obsession with forms?<br />
  9. 9. Such a “catchall” it may not have significance as a term anymore…<br />But here are some “characteristics”:<br />RUNDOWN<br />The Absurd<br />“The School”<br />Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Game”<br />Postmodernism<br />
  10. 10. Surreal<br />RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br />Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Game”<br />Postmodernism<br />
  11. 11. Art for art’s sake<br />RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br />Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Game”<br />Postmodernism<br />
  12. 12. Language is impotent, corrupt, dangerous, outdated<br />RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br />Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Game”<br />Postmodernism<br />“What the President Will Say and Do”<br />
  13. 13. Rise in subjectivity<br />Art asks its consumers to take an active role in creating meaning.<br />RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br />Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Game”<br />Postmodernism<br />
  14. 14. Irreverence for reason<br />RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br />Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Game”<br />Postmodernism<br />
  15. 15. Distrust of perfect form or perfection<br />RUNDOWN<br />“The School”<br />Major Themes<br />Cold War<br />“Game”<br />Postmodernism<br />
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