Intuition of an Infinite Obligation: Narrative Ethics and Postmodern Gnostics in the Fiction of E.L. Doctorow Catharine Walker Bergstrom

ISBN: 9783631587492

Published: February 11th 2010

Hardcover

190 pages


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Intuition of an Infinite Obligation: Narrative Ethics and Postmodern Gnostics in the Fiction of E.L. Doctorow  by  Catharine Walker Bergstrom

Intuition of an Infinite Obligation: Narrative Ethics and Postmodern Gnostics in the Fiction of E.L. Doctorow by Catharine Walker Bergstrom
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Grounded in theoretical studies of postmodern and narrative ethics, this book proposes the need for a re-examination of E. L. Doctorows work from an ethical perspective. Through in-depth analyses of previously neglected intertexts, it questions theMoreGrounded in theoretical studies of postmodern and narrative ethics, this book proposes the need for a re-examination of E. L. Doctorows 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 Doctorows most widely acclaimed novels are dealt 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 post-modern gnostic.



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