Trout Fishing in America as a Postmodern Parody

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Gökçek A.

Open Journal of Social Sciences, vol.9, no.9, pp.401-410, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.4236/jss.2021.99028
  • Journal Name: Open Journal of Social Sciences
  • Journal Indexes: Other Indexes
  • Page Numbers: pp.401-410
  • Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Affiliated: Yes


This study aims to analyse Richard Brautigan’s novel Trout Fishing in America as a parody of realistic novel writing convention with an eye on the qualities of postmodern literature. With this study, the qualities of postmodern literature and criticism of postmodern consumer society will be scrutinized. This paper also discloses different ways of postmodern technique of parody. Initially, general qualities of modernism and postmodernism will be pointed out and then TroutFishing in America will be handled as a postmodern parody. How Brautigan deconstructs realistic novel writing with the use of postmodern tools is examined. The author’s criticism of consumerism of postmodern society is also studied. In the end, it has been concluded that Richard Brautigan manages to achieve his purpose to react against society out of order through literature by using the exceptional technique of parody and absurd.