And even more pungently, the term “postmodernist,” for Charles Newman, “inevitably calls to mind a band of vainglorious contemporary artists following the circus elephants of Modernism with snow shovels.”4 Nobody likes the term, yet people continue to prefer it over the even less satisfactory alternatives that have occasionally been proposed (such as Federman’s

“Surfiction,” or Klinkowitz’s “Post-Contemporary fiction”). And it becomes more and more difficult to avoid using it.