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Intuition of an Infinite Obligation: Narrative Ethics and Postmodern Gnostics in the Fiction of E. L. Doctorow
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5076-0468
2010 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Grounded in theoretical studies of postmodern and narrative ethics, this book proposes the need for a re-examination of E. L. Doctorow's work from an ethical perspective. Through in-depth analyses of previously neglected intertexts, it questions the classification of his fiction as an expression of postmodern skepticism. Seven of Doctorow's most widely acclaimed novels are dealth with in chronological order, tracing his finely tuned characterizations of the human quest for narrative truth. Growing out of the early protagonists' vague sense of moral consciousness is their recognition of an obligation to interpret signs from and for the Other. Through logical deliberation and close reading, the study gradually identifies the narrative voice of the postmodern gnostic.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Frankfurt am Main: Lang , 2010, 1. , 189 p.
Series
Anglo-amerikanische Studien : Anglo-american studies, ISSN 0177-6959 ; 38
Keyword [en]
ethics, postmodernism, E. L. Doctorow, narrative ethics, self-reliance, Emerson, intuition, Jung, gnosticism, kabbalah, deconstruction, Welcome to Hard Times, Book of Daniel, Ragtime, Loon Lake, Billy Bathgate, The Waterworks, City of God
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General Literature Studies
Research subject
HUMANITIES, Literary studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-2236ISBN: 978-3-631-58749-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-2236DiVA: diva2:299674
Available from: 2010-02-23 Created: 2010-02-23 Last updated: 2015-06-24Bibliographically approved

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