The Real, the True, and the Told: Postmodern Historical Narrative and the Ethics of Representation

By: Eric L. Berlatsky

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"The Real, The True, and The Told" "Postmodern Historical Narrative and the Ethics of Representation, " by Eric L. Berlatsky, intervenes in contemporary debates over the problems of historical reference in a postmodern age. It does so through an examination of postmodern literary practices and their engagement with the theorization of history. The book looks at the major figures of constructivist historiography and at postmodern fiction (and memoir) that explicitly presents and/or theorizes "history." It does so in order to suggest that reading such fiction can intervene substantially in debates over historical reference and the parallel discussion of redefining contemporary ethics. Much theorization in the wake of Hayden White suggests that history is little better than fiction in its professed goal of representing the "truth" of the past, particularly because of its reliance on the narrative form.While postmodern fiction is often read as reflecting and/or repeating such theories, this book argues that, in fact, such fiction proposes alternative models of accurate historical reference, based on models of nonnarrativity. Through a combination of high theory andnarrative theory, the book illustrates how the texts examined insist upon the possibility of accessing the real by rejecting narrative as their primary mode of articulation. Among the authors examined closely in "The Real, The True, and The Told "are Virginia Woolf, Graham Swift, Salman Rushdie, Art Spiegelman, and Milan Kundera.

Title: The Real, the True, and the Told: Postmodern Historical Narrative and the Ethics of Representation

Author Name: Eric L. Berlatsky

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Publisher: USA, Ohio State University Press: 2011

ISBN Number: 0814211534

ISBN Number 13: 9780814211533

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

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Description: New. May have slight shelf ware. The Real, the True, and the Told: Postmodern Historical Narrative and the Ethics of Representation By: Eric L. Berlatsky Product Details Hardcover: 304 pages Publisher: Ohio State University Press (March 21, 2011) Language: English ISBN-10: 0814211534 ISBN-13: 9780814211533 Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 8.9 inches

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