robert eaglestone

The French philosopher Jean Francois Lyotard argued in 1979 that postmodernism was ‘incredulity about metanarratives’: that is, that ‘we’ (whoever we were) no longer believed in the great overarching stories which gave meaning to life: we no longer believed in the forward movement of human progress which made every advance seem like another step towards a better world, for example. In this, postmodernism was the apex of the process of disillusionment that Nietzsche saw when he declared the ‘death of God’ at the end of the 19th century.
—  Robert Eaglestone, ‘Contemporary Fiction: A Very Short Introduction’