March 25, 2007

Postmortem for a Postmodernist: No Answers Solved

Berger, Postmortem for a Postmodernist -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

“We postmodernists blur boundaries between high and low culture, between art and everyday life, and we mix up genres and styles. But food that becomes art is better to look at than eat, most of the time. It’s like that new cuisine that was popular a while back. Beautiful to look at but nothing to eat” (Berger 156).

I would really like to believe that this statement shows that Postmodernism is really about being ambiguous and unclear about any answers that we find, mainly because that is how life is supposed to be. To see everything open-minded and not jump to any conclusions, we find that we might actually be able to grasp meaning behind the literature. If I am understanding this correctly, than I will describe myself as completely frustrated. Normally, I could imagine this as a comedic element, just as the characters were describing in the book, but overall, I am severely upset with what this type of criticism consists of. The ambiguity and the unclear answers are not going to sit well with me, because a simple relation is where we all can begin to understand a piece of literature. Maybe that simple relation is that we will never have all of the answers, and the chaos is equal to reality. I could understand that at least. Maybe that is why Pale Fire will be important to us this week as well.

Posted by The Gentle Giant at March 25, 2007 11:53 PM
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