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By Michael LeMahieu

Fictions of truth and price argues that the philosophy of logical positivism, thought of the antithesis of literary postmodernism, exerts a deciding upon impact at the improvement of yank fiction within the 3 a long time following 1945, in what quantities to a constitutive come upon among literature and philosophy at mid-century: after the tip of modernism, because it was once normally conceived, yet sooner than the increase of postmodernism, because it got here to be known.

Two specific postwar literary preoccupations derive from logical positivist philosophy: the fact/value challenge and the correlative contrast among experience and nonsense. while postwar writers replied to logical positivism as a danger to the mind's eye, their works usually show up its impression, in particular in regards to "emotive" or "meaningless" phrases. faraway from a simple historical past of principles, Fictions of truth and Value charts a family tree that's usually erased within the very texts the place it registers and disowned via the very authors that it comprises. LeMahieu complicates a foremost narrative of highbrow historical past within which a releasing postmodernism triumphs over a reactionary positivism via historicizing the literary reaction to positivism in works via John Barth, Saul Bellow, Don DeLillo, Iris Murdoch, Flannery O'Connor, Thomas Pynchon, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. As LeMahieu compelling demonstrates, the centrality of the fact/value challenge to either positivism and postmodernism calls for a rethinking of postwar literary history.

A trenchantly argued learn that finds a big a part of postwar literary heritage, Fictions of truth and Value will curiosity an individual taken with postmodernism, modernist experiences, analytic philosophy, or the background of ideas.

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