Perspectives

Literary period

Fiona Maazel’s short story “Let’s Go to the Videotape” was first published in 2016 in Harper’s Magazine and holds postmodern characteristics.

The postmodernist literary movement experienced a rise in the post-World War II era and gained popularity throughout the late twentieth century. Postmodernism is still a popular literary style used by many authors today.

Postmodernist works can be recognised through themes, context, and narrative techniques. The text has many traits that are common to postmodern literary works; for example, the social setting refers to a consumerist society which heavily focuses on technology and social media. This is a popular aspect in postmodernist works which often focus on the interaction between technology and culture. The short story's disillusioned undertone and loss of faith in the world also go well with postmodernism.

In terms of postmodernist narrative techniques, the story employs fragmentation and stream of consciousness to convey the protagonist’s state of mind and to illustrate his psychological...

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