International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

“The Postmodernist Rendition of Myth in the Selected Plays of Sam Shepard”
Dr. Seyed Mohammad Hosseini-Maasoum, Mahnoosh Vahdati

The present essay studies four of the most prominent plays of Sam Sehpard, True West, Cowboys#2, Fool for Love, and Buried Child in the light of postmodernist notions of myth, usingLyotard’s ideas of postmodernism. Through a postmodernist study of these novels, the study attempts to disclose the differences between the traditional myth and the postmodern myth, to show borders of truth and myth, reality and illusion in the postmodern world, and to reveal the decay of myth in the postmodern cultures.What this study tries to illustrate is important in the way that it is an alarm for the ones who still believe in the traditional notions of myth. Shepard’s ideas of postmodern myth and its gradual death help the readers understand that the traditional values of some myths such as myth of the American family do not exist anymore.

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