Re: RARA-AVIS: Postmodernism and literature

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 22 Mar 2007

Mark asked:

Anyway, what about my question: Does The Road fall under the postmodern label?

*********** I've had some time to think about it today and I don't see The Road carrying much of a postmodern load. The religious symbolism sustains itself throughout the book without facing deconstruction. The relationship between the father and son is also treated with the utmost of respect, even through tension and disagreement. Close family ties, strongly felt emotions, and Biblical ideals form a system that sustains them through the hardest of times.

So my answer is that The Road isn't specifically a postmodern text. There are too many things that went well that could have been deconstructed. Some things that I believe important to a pomo interpretation are not even mentioned, like the details about the end came.


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