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Author Roemer, Michael, 1928-

Title Telling stories : postmodernism and the invalidation of traditional narrative / Michael Roemer
Published Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield, [1995]


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Description xi, 499 pages ; 24 cm
Contents 1. The Preclusive Form of Narrative -- 2. Stories Connect Us -- 3. Fictive Figures Must Think They Are Free -- 4. Plot -- 5. Plot and Necessity -- 6. Plot and the Sacred -- 7. The Desacralization of Story -- 8. Story and Consciousness -- 9. Story as Paradox -- 10. Story Affirms What It Denies -- 11. We Have Always Been 'Positivists' -- 12. We Don't and Do Believe in Stories -- 13. Postmodern Theory and Traditional Art -- 14. Deconstruction Liberates and Enables -- 15. Invalidating Traditional Aesthetics -- 16. Traditional Story is "On the Right" -- 17. Invalidating the Privileged Realm -- 18. The Rejection of Empathy -- 19. The Invalidation of Experience -- 20. Popular Stories -- 21. Four Storytellers and the Enlightened Tradition -- 22. Henry James, Postmodernist -- 23. The Death of God -- 24. Postmodernism and the Death of Man -- 25. Envoy
Summary Michael Roemer's groundbreaking work argues that every story, be it ancient myth or documentary film, is completed before we read or watch it. He explores why a society like ours - predicated on free will - is addicted to tales that neither we, nor the heroes, can control. Roemer argues that, contrary to both formalist and postmodern aesthetic theories, traditional stories do not create order out of chaos but challenge our order with chaos, undermining the structures we have built to protect ourselves. He finds that stories are both radical and conservative, invalidating our freedom while centering on heroes or heroines who are obliged to act alone; their adventures remove them from the sheltering community. Moreover, their attempt to escape the plot is mandated by the plot itself. Predicated on contradiction, ambiguity, and uncertainty, stories affirm what they deny - just as society both affirms and denies our existence as individuals
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 387-487) and index
Subject Narration (Rhetoric)
Narration (Rhetoric) -- History -- 20th century.
Narration (Technique)
Postmodernism (Literature)
LC no. 95001677
ISBN 084768041X (alk. paper)
0847680428 (paperback: alk. paper)