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Discuss Post-modern literature in your next research paper

In 1969, I took a class at the University of Michigan that was taught – briefly – by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. He had just finished writing Slaughterhouse Five, which I thought was a satirical novel until I learned that Vonnegut had been a prisoner of war during World War II and had survived the Allied bombing of Dresden in an underground meat locker, which was used as an ad hoc detention facility.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr is an example of post-modern literature. (Credit: The Film Chair)

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr is an example of post-modern literature. (Credit: The Film Chair)

The German guards called the building Schlachthof Fünf and the POWs called it Slaughterhouse Five. That’s when I also learned that the postmodernism literary movement tends to resist definition. Read more

All Quiet on the Western Front – Eric Maria Remarque’s powerful anti-war novel and Hollywood movie

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Spotlighting Erich Maria Remarque’s engaging novel, All Quiet on the Western Front, we at Questia, the premier online research and digital library tool for students, are paying homage to five of the most  searing novels published in the 20th century. These are anti-war books profiling individuals impacted by their participation in military conflict. To honor these significant contributions, we’ve granted access to reference works and literary analyses on five of history’s most researched anti-war novels for free for the entire month! Read more