March 26, 2007

No Clue

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

I was very excited to be reading this book because I thought that it would be a light read, but it was anything but. I realize that this book is trying to explain postmodernism and the views of this theory, and Berger failed terribly at trying to reach this goal. Every character had a different theory and reasoning and each thought the others were foolish for following any other theory besides theirs.

Posted by GinaBurgese at March 26, 2007 10:23 PM | TrackBack

That is ironically the point of Postmodernism, Gina: To acknowledge that all points or theories should not be thrown out about a piece of literature, because each could be a piece that could be helpful toward finding meaning. Ambiguity is a Postmodernist's best friend, because it shows that not all of the answers will be answered, and that is reality. It is more realistic to believe that we will never have all of the answers, or that the answer we are looking for is not always the right answer.

I personally enjoyed this story, because it provided a murder mystery that is completely out of the ordinary. Although we may find that the final outcome of the story is not what we wanted it to be, the true concept is that this murder mystery breaks away from the traditions of ordinary murder mystery, which helps it become more apparant that this is a Postmodernist piece of literature. Through elements of structure, concepts, and traditions, we find that Postmodernism stands alone when it comes to finding meaning, and that is why so many are confused. I think that is the point though; the point is to be confused sometimes, because that helps us search more, and it would be more realistic to not provide an answer.

I know that this is confusing, but overall, I think that it is more beneficial to try to find an answer (although there may not be one), but at the same time, giving the reader a little bit is sometimes helpful. I can see your points, and I can see the points of Postmodernism too. Hopefully, this may have helped you understand what postmodernism is, but I can't be sure. Just remember that not all of the answers are going to be provided for us, but we need to find a way to make sense of the matter. If we do not, then Postmodernism has actually achieved what it was trying to accomplish.

Posted by: Jason Pugh at March 28, 2007 9:22 AM

Gina, can you identify a specific passage that you found particularly noteworthy, or a place where you think Berger made a decision that seriously affected the book's outcome?

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at March 28, 2007 9:06 PM
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