story of two worlds, the one we know, and another which exists only in the mind of a young airman whose life and imagination have been violently shaped by war.’
When Peter is recalled to heaven, he lodges a legal appeal against his death on the basis that he has fallen in love with June. But at his court case, his only witness is a material object – June’s fallen tear caught on a pink rose and solidified into glass in the timeless realm of the heavenly court. This object-witness helps to entrench the film within the gothictradition, however
Littlewood examines the higher social stigma against
cross-generational incest due to the sexualisation of power and the
erosion of care-giving involved in such relationships (p.
The illness may be what robs Sir Lusignan of his
desire for extramarital affairs; Thomas draws on the Gothictradition
Generic experimentation in My Life as a Man, The Counterlife, The Facts, Deception and Operation Shylock
Southern Gothictradition exemplified by Flannery O’Connor or
with the modernism of William Faulkner. Others still, such as E.L.
Doctorow, Jane Smiley and Tim O’Brien, seem to inhabit a different
genre with each new work.
In spite of this diversity, critical debate has tended to revolve around
a dichotomy (perhaps more perceived than actual) between realism
and postmodernism. For enthusiasts of postmodernism, the fiction
of writers such as Pynchon and DeLillo is innovative, challenging,
subversive, philosophically profound and intellectually rich; according