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The Real, The True, and The Told: Postmodern Historical Narrative and the Ethics of Representation, by Eric L. Berlatsky, intervenes in contemporary debates over the problems of historical reference in a postmodern age. It does so through an examination of postmodern literary practices and their engagement with the theorization of history. The book looks at the major figures of constructivist historiography and at postmodern fiction (and memoir) that explicitly presents and/or theorizes “history.” It does so in order to suggest that reading such fiction can intervene substantially in debates over historical reference and the parallel discussion of redefining contemporary ethics. Much theorization in the wake of Hayden White suggests that history is little better than fiction in its professed goal of representing the “truth” of the past, particularly because of its reliance on the narrative form.While postmodern fiction is often read as reflecting and/or repeating such theories, this book argues that, in fact, such fiction proposes alternative models of accurate historical reference, based on models of nonnarrativity. Through a combination of high theory andnarrative theory, the book illustrates how the texts examined insist upon the possibility of accessing the real by rejecting narrative as their primary mode of articulation. Among the authors examined closely in The Real, The True, and The Told are Virginia Woolf, Graham Swift, Salman Rushdie, Art Spiegelman, and Milan Kundera.
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Eric L. Berlatsky is associate professor of English at Florida Atlantic University.Review:
"Berlatsky persuasively makes his case... His arguments fits in well with other contemporary critics who have turned from the empty cynicism of irony in the postmodern in an attempt to recapture authentic experience and regain the real."- Matthew W. Raese, Soundings
Berlatsky's book revitalizes key debates over the materiality of the historical "reference" in postmodern narratives, the ethics undergirding the explicitly parodic and self-referential postmodern text, and the relationship between the coextensive discourses of post-structuralism, postcolonialism, and postmodernism.--Christopher Holmes, Novel: A Forum on Fiction
"Berlatsky's argument moves with admirable ease between text and theory... Of particular interest is his insistence on the 'possibility of truth' and the ethical repercussions of this potential..." --Eric Sandberg, The Year's Work in English Studies
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