Esther’s Space- journey through my life

September 2, 2007

Well, I guess we can’t all be cool

Filed under: p()5t^^()d3,~]\[ — estherspace @ 3:52 pm

I’m pretty much a straightforward modernist. I’m so conservative that I can’t even move beyond to embrace postmodernism. que sera sera

But why? Well, to begin, I am a big fan of the concepts of “closure and rigid form” (Malpas 8) that modernism promotes. Furthermore, I am intrigued by epistemological issues; as Malpas writes,

“modern fiction asks about hwo a world can be interpreted or changed, and is interested in questions of truth and knowledge…” (24).

I am interested in these same issues. In contrast to this interested in seeking truth and knowledge of the world, postmodernism is concerned with

“rais[ing] questions about the very status of reality and the world…[it] confronts the reader with questions about what sort of world is beign created at each moment in the text, and who or what in a text they can believe or rely on, i.e. questions of ontology.” (24)

Though I am currently much more comfortable with the concept of being able to investigate the ‘veracity’ of something, I know that my support of this manner of thinking has slowly been deteriorating as my years of education increase.  It is not a very far stretch of my imagination to see myself singing a bit different tune as the semester continues.  I am slowly beginning to expand my questioning from something like, “Is he telling the truth?” to, “Whose truth is being told.”  I’m not sure what this shift means, and it certainly is not concrete yet, but there is change in the future.

Great, now I’ve done it again.  I started this with a strong statement of belief in one thing, but as I continue to write I take my self further and further away from that original ‘truth’.  But, what is truth anyway.

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4 Comments »

  1. yeah, it’s really cool to comment on your own blog. but, strangely enough, the smiley face is a result of me citing the page number-8, followed by a ). It does add an interesting slant on my meaning though.

    Comment by estherspace — September 2, 2007 @ 3:54 pm

  2. Hey Esther,

    It’s time to tackle one more semester where we agree to disagree, which is what I love about having you in my classes. I’m leaning more to the side of postmodern, I think, and can’t wait to se what kind of modern stances you’ll offer up to make me question my own position. As I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again, I definitely get a more rounded view of any particular topic when you and I share ideas. 🙂

    And… to comment on your comment: How very postmodern! Employing what appears to be a rather modern usage of page numbering disguised as an emoticon? You’re right! It makes me rethink what it is you’re trying to say. Is it about form? Is it about content?

    Oooooh. The irony!

    Comment by Kim Clune — September 3, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

  3. Kim, I’m afraid I’m just a curmudgeonly ol’ stick-in-the-mud. But, as for the whole emoticon sneaking in, I love it! It totally brings the form and content debate into play, and we could also investigate it as a reader; how is one’s reaction to my words different based on these slight changes. And, best of all, it takes us nothing more than an emoticon to quickly go spiraling into a theory vortex.

    Comment by estherspace — September 3, 2007 @ 9:18 pm

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