By Katrin Amian
Rethinking Postmodernism(s) revisits 3 ancient websites of yank literary postmodernism: the early postmodernism of Thomas Pynchon's V. (1961), the emancipatory postmodernism of Toni Morrison's Beloved (1987), and the past due or post-postmodernism of Jonathan Safran Foer's Everything Is Illuminated (2002). For the 1st time, it confronts those texts with the pragmatist philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce, staging a conceptual discussion among pragmatism and postmodernism that historicizes and recontextualizes prevalent readings of postmodern fiction. The booklet is a must-read for all drawn to present reassessments of literary postmodernism, in new serious dialogues among seminal postmodern texts, and in fresh makes an attempt to theorize the 'post-postmodern' second.
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from the book's cover:
The worry haunting the anonymous author in
Peter Handke’s new novel is the terror of los-
ing touch with language and of now not being
able to move on with both his paintings or his
life. After a morning at his desk—where,
for him, a sentence positioned to paper is an occasion
and the most excellent connection to the world—he
ventures out for a walk.
The writer’s afternoon odyssey takes him
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Beloved, and Everything Is Illuminated. The chapter ends with a final note on the pragmatist language of ‘creativity’ and ‘consensus,’ summarizing and historicizing the distinctly Peircean rendering of its key terms and explicating how they might be conceptualized as the chief locus of the textual negotiations I see the novels perform. Chapter two moves beyond these theoretical considerations as it turns to Thomas Pynchon’s V. (1961) and puts the new language of analysis to work. As the first chapter to stage the Peircean dialogue my study pursues, it undertakes the step from Rohr’s ‘epistemological approach’ to dialogic acts of a mutual re-reading, taking Rohr’s concern with the ‘process of reality constitution’ as a starting point, but carrying the pragmatist negotiations V.
See Die Wahrheit 38-43. Rohr’s summary of this interplay reads “nur als irreduzierbarer Teil der Zeichentriade, als Subjektfunktion eines Zeichensystems ist einem Subjekt die Realität greifbar, doch nur als pragmatistisches Subjekt kann es seine Interpretationen der Realität durch die mentale Antizipation ihres Ausdrucks in seinen Überzeugungen und Handlungsgewohnheiten reflektieren und sich deren Bedeutung vergewissern” (43). Toward a New Postmodern Language Game 43 margin of creative openness to the already highly in/stable process of reality constitution.
As Jonathan Culler has argued, this is what generally defines the work of theory (3), and it is to this work that Peirce’s thinking is put throughout this study. My aim is not to provide an accurate account of Peirce’s philosophy, but to work with his philosophical writings, using them to develop a critical language of creativity and consensus that opens up new ways of thinking about postmodernism 1 For a detailed account of Peirce’s professional, intellectual, and personal life, see Joseph Brent, Charles Sanders Peirce: A Life.
Rethinking Postmodernism(s): Charles S. Peirce and the Pragmatist Negotiations of Thomas Pynchon, Toni Morrison, and Jonathan Safran Foer. (Postmodern Studies) by Katrin Amian