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Stylistic techniques (S.T.) commonly found in postmodern literature include:

Pastiche, Intertextuality, Metafiction, Temporal Distortion, Minimalism, Maximalism, Magical Realism, Faction, and Reader Involvement

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Pastiche

The taking of various ideas from previous writings and literary styles and pasting them together to make new styles

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Intertextuality

The acknowledgement of previous literary works within another literary work

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Metafiction

The act of writing about writing or making readers aware of the fictional nature of the fiction they're reading

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Temporal Distortion

The use of non-linear timelines and narrative techniques in a story

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Minimalism

The use of characters and events which are decidedly common and non-exceptional characters

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Maximalism

Disorganized, lengthy, highly detailed writing

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Magical Realism

The introduction of impossible or unrealistic events into a a narrative that is otherwise realistic

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Faction

The mixing of actual historical events with fictional events without clearly defining what is factual and what is fictional

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Reader Involvement

Often through direct address to the reader and the open acknowledgement of the fictional nature of the events being described

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Novels by Kurt Vonnegut:

Slaughterhouse 5
The Sirens of Titan
Mother Night
Cat's Cradle
God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

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When and where was Kurt Vonnegut born?

November 11, 1922 in Indianapolis, a city he would come to use in his novels

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What happened to him as a result of the Great Depression?

Kurt Vonnegut's father's architectural business failed, leading to Kurt Vonnegut Sr.'s alcoholism. Kurt Jr.'s pessimism probably came about as a result.

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Postmodernist literature placed heavy reliance on literary conventions such as:

Fragmentation, paradox, unreliable narrators, unrealistic/impossible plots, games, parodies, paranoia, dark humor, and authorial self reference

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When was Tim O'Brien born?

October 1, 1946

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How was his experience in the military?

Although against the war, O'Brien served in the Vietnam War as an infantry foot soldier from 1969-1970, where he was involved in the My Lai massacre. After the war he attended Harvard.