Friday, 12 March 2010

The Postmodern Condition.

“Once we knew that fiction was about life and criticism was about fiction - and everything was simple. Now we know that fiction is about other fiction, is criticism in fact, or metafiction. And we know that metafiction is about the impossibility of anything being about life, really, or even about fiction, or, finally, about anything. Criticism has taken the very idea of ‘aboutness’ away from us. It has taught us that language is tautological, if it is not nonsense, and to the extent that it is about anything it is about itself. Mathematics is about mathematics, poetry is about poetry and criticism is about the impossibility of its own existence.” (Robert Scholes, 1975)

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