CONSTRUCTING POSTMODERNISM BRIAN MCHALE PDF

The criteria of self-consistency, inner coherence, scope, productiveness and interest, proposed by McHale, are carefully examined to prove their effectiveness as good, but not the absolute, standards of judgment for preferring one construction over the other. This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access. Notes 1. Recently, people began to debate over the end of postmodernism. I think this debate also proves that postmodernism is boundless.

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The criteria of self-consistency, inner coherence, scope, productiveness and interest, proposed by McHale, are carefully examined to prove their effectiveness as good, but not the absolute, standards of judgment for preferring one construction over the other. This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.

Notes 1. Recently, people began to debate over the end of postmodernism. I think this debate also proves that postmodernism is boundless. Considering the concentration of my work, I will not mention the part related to Jameson. Regarding catharsis as the defining function of tragedy b 28 , Aristotle expects highly of the educative function of poetic literature and claims the response of one who is drawn into the experience of a tragedy is first of all to feel fear and pity a 2; b 1; b In the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle holds moral virtue as the result of habit a 15 , and moderate sensibility including pity and fear , as important moral virtues, can reasonably be cultivated, refined and elevated by habitual exposure to tragedy.

According to Aristotle, the imitation of an action in a tragedy, by producing the fear and pity we feel, ends in a ritual purification of our feelings from some polluting impiety, thus to temper and reduce them to a moderate measure, and finally to be helpful for the social life. Similarly, Jonathan Culler also states one of the main points of Theory as critical of common sense and concepts taken as natural.

See Culler , p.

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Postmodernist Fiction. London: Routledge, McHale begins by giving us the opinions of a few other authors on how they feel towards postmodernism. Each of these views has its own values, but none have all the answers, and the ideal definition of postmodernism is one which does not attempt to answer every question. However, this definition cannot go the other direction and be too narrow either.

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