Narrative at Risk: Accident and Teleology in American Culture, 1963-2013
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...149 Notes 1 In “E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction” Wallace writes “irony, poker-faced silence, and fear of ridicule are distinctive of those features of contemporary U.S. culture (of which cutting-edge fiction is part) that enjoy any significant relation to the television whose weird pretty hand has my generation by the throat” (49) and, writing of irony and postmodern maximalist metafiction: “how have irony, irreverence, and rebellion come to be not liberating but enfeebling in the culture today’s avant-garde tries to write about?...
...185 Notes 1 In How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics (1999), N. Katherine Hayles, in a discussion of the metaphysics of presence addresses the breakdown of teleological systems into random systems: “meaning is not front-loaded into the system, and the origin does not act to ground signification.”...
...53 Notes 1 While there are certainly earlier studies of the role accident plays in literature, they do not treat accident in the same manner as these more recent works. As well, they do not take American culture and society as their subject but instead, focus on a range of Western texts. See for instance: Ian Hacking’s The Taming of Chance (1990), Gerd Gigerenzer’s The Empire of Chance: How Probability Changed Science and Everyday Life (1990), Gerda Reith’s The Age of Chance (1999), Jackson Lears’s Something for Nothing (2003), for broad studies of chance and accident....
...Pynchon Notes 26-27 (1990): 69-80....
...Looking Back in Order to Look Forward “A Colloquy of Ancient Men,” from the beginning of Richard Kenney’s collection The Invention of the Zero (1993) diplays a problem of writing historical poetry that is aware of its representation of contingency: 1 In the beginning was the Word comes weird. . . ....