Alias Grace exemplifies postmodernism’s preoccupation with the past. Other novels of the genre also explore the past through a modern lense. For example, John Gardner’s Grendel explores the famous epic poem Beowulf in a new, postmodern light. Similarly, Alias Grace uses the Kinnear-Montgomery murder to explore the societal issues of the past and compare them to the social issues of the present. As explained by Gillian Siddal,
[W[hile Grace Marks lived in the nineteenth century, Atwood produced the novel in the twentieth century, and thus her Grace has, anachronistically, access to postmodernist conventions that allow her to construct her life story. In a way that challenges essentialist notions of identity. [She refuses] to engage ...
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