Publication Date

Spring 5-1-2018


College of Arts and Sciences




Postmodern, Sexuality, Short Fiction


Arts and Humanities | Christianity | Fiction | Literature in English, British Isles | Literature in English, North America | Other Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Shifting norms in twentieth century western society, coupled with emerging postmodern thought in the 1960s, radically changed the ways in which people viewed sexuality, gender roles, and the institutions of marriage and the family. The literature of the postmodern era, namely short fiction, also reflects such ideological shifts. Literature is a powerful communicator of the human condition as well as a crucial means for reflecting the customs, beliefs, and norms of a society at the time of its writing. Such evolving differences as were occurring in the realm of sexuality came to be represented in postmodern literature. This thesis aims to further probe the nature of the connection between postmodern literature and sexual codes.