In British literature, many eminent authors and works of literature emerged in the nineteenth century. The Victorian era constituted a tradition about how the novel genre must be, and, for several years, it set a pattern for forging fiction. But, with the alterations which are made in progress of time, the focus and perception of novel have shifted. It is clear that the conventional style of realist fiction has gone through different phases, at which it was mimicked or reproduced. In particular, an ironic approach towards the convention was adopted by postmodernism, a period in which the past tradition was both demolished and then re-built under the impact of contemporary and novel inclinations. In this context, The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969) by John Fowles could be regarded a landmark that shows the boundaries between the past form and the novel experimental initiatives. Being one of the most significant and powerful novels of the British literature during the 1960s, The French Lieutenant’s Woman highlights the shifts initiated by postmodern art philosophy. Therefore, this study aims to examine the novel by illustrating certain codes and concepts, which make The French Lieutenant’s Woman a good example of postmodernist fiction.


Postmodern Fiction, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Pastiche and Parody, Historiographic Meta-Fiction.

Author : Veysel İŞÇİ
Number of pages: 134-143
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International Journal of Language Academy
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