A-level English/Wise Children/Post-Modernism

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  • Wise Children's narrative style is post-modern. It is a non-conformist style which uses a continuous stream of narrative.
  • Wise Children could also be seen as post-modern in the way that no distinction is made between high and low culture. The high and low are brought together at the end of the novel.
  • the author is making the reader WORK to understand the novel and takes an active role in the interactive text. Carter invites the reader into the novel as 'the fourth guest to the table'. Frequently employing a direct address narrative style, "There's Big Ben, see?"