Thirteen Ways of Looking: Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad

  title={Thirteen Ways of Looking: Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad},
  author={David Cowart},
  journal={Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction},
  pages={241 - 254}
  • David Cowart
  • Published 13 May 2015
  • History
  • Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction
Far from viewing the aesthetic crafted by earlier postmodernists as outmoded, Jennifer Egan joins them and augments their formal and ideational deconstructions of such vestigial metanarratives (of language, of history, of the unconscious) as continued to shelter in the shadow of that great rock, modernism. Because of her later situation in literary history, however, she can treat the moderns as ancestral figures—as much to be venerated as rebelled against. Like the author of To the Lighthouse… 
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