Oates/How I Contemplated the World... & Postmodernism

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A 5 page essay on Joyce Carol Oates' short story "How I Contemplated the World From the Detroit House of Corrections and Began My Life Over Again," which offers a distinctly postmodern view of the life of an unnamed sixteen-year-old female protagonist. Examination of this narrative demonstrates that it is postmodernism that makes the writing of this story possible, as Oates foregoes the narrative conventions of the past in order to present a structure and perspective that conveys a degree psychological complexity that would otherwise not be possible. Bibliography lists 2 sources.