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By Jaroslav Kusnir

ISBN-10: 3898215148

ISBN-13: 9783898215145

Jaroslav Kušnír’s booklet American Fiction: Modernism-Postmodernism, pop culture, and Metafiction is a sequel to his prior examine on American postmodern fiction entitled Poetika americkej postmodernej prózy: Richard Brautigan and Donald Barthelme [Poetics of yank Fiction: Richard Brautigan and Donald Barthelme]. Prešov: Impreso, 2001. It explores quite a few features of yank postmodernist fiction as manifested within the works via Richard Brautigan, Donald Barthelme and different American postmodernist authors akin to Robert Coover, E. L. Doctorow, Kurt Vonnegut and Paul Auster. reading a number of brief tales and novels, the writer indicates ameliorations among modernist and postmodernist literature within the works of Donald Barthelme; the way in which postmodern parodies of well known literary genres provide a critique of a few elements of yank cultural id and adventure (the American Dream, individualism, consumerism); and he additionally exhibits alternative ways postmodern authors corresponding to Robert Coover, Kurt Vonnegut and Paul Auster create metafictional influence as essentially the most major points of postmodern literature.

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It is affected by nonknowledge as by its future and it ventures out deliberately . . But here the very concept of empiricism destroys itself. To exceed the metaphysical orb is an attempt to get out of the orbit, to think the entirety of the classical conceptual oppositions, particularly the one within which the value of empiricism is held: the opposition of philosophy and nonphilosophy, another name for empiricism, for this incapacity to sustain on one’s own and to the limit the coherence of one’s discourse.

When a concept is to be treated as a concept’, he declares, Deconstruction as Philosophy of Logic 25 one has to accept the logic of all or nothing . . at any rate, in a theoretical or philosophical discussion of concepts or of things conceptualizable. Whenever one feels obliged to stop doing this (as happens to me when I speak of différance, of mark, of supplement, of iterability and of all they entail), it is better to make explicit in the most conceptual, rigorous, formalizing, and pedagogical manner possible the reasons one has for doing so, for thus changing the rules and the context of discourse.

I have taken this rather lengthy detour via Davidson’s ‘A Nice Derangement’ because it has struck some exegetes as adopting an approach to issues of Deconstruction as Philosophy of Logic 37 language, meaning, and interpretation which invites comparison with Derrida’s work, in particular his deconstructive reading of Austin in ‘Signature Event Context’ (see for instance Pradhan 1986; Wheeler 1986). What these thinkers have in common, so the argument goes, is (1) an emphasis on the capacity of speech-acts to function across a vast (unpredictable and unspecifiable) range of communicative contexts, (2) the rejection of any theory that would claim to establish normative criteria for deciding in advance just which kinds of speech-act are meaningful, valid, or appropriate in just which kinds of context, and resulting from this (3) a ‘minimalist-semantic’ conception of meaning which strives so far as possible to avoid all dependence on prior theories of whatever type.

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