Cody ChunFollow

Faculty Advisor

Benveniste, Michael; Wesley, John

Area of Study

Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Publication Date

Summer 2016


Postmodern thought can be defined by its rejection of an objective reality, or a reality that exists apart from its being thought, in favor of an understanding of reality as the product of texts, discourses, interpretations, and social constructs. Because it rejects the idea that reality exists objectively, postmodern thought is antirealist. Antirealism represents a crisis for both belief and ethics. By examining the metaphysical assumptions underpinning Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life and the discursive response to the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, I theorize post-postmodernism as the rejection of antirealism in favor of, what I style, neo-realism. Post-postmodernism so understood entails a return to belief.


University of Puget Sound