Postmodernism in the United States and Canada

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BREITBACH, Julia, 2014. Postmodernism in the United States and Canada. In: NISCHIK, Reingard M., ed.. The Palgrave handbook of comparative North American literature. Basingstoke:Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 277-298. ISBN 978-1-137-41389-5. Available under: doi: 10.1057/9781137413901_15

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