Intuition of an Infinite Obligation: Narrative Ethics and Postmodern Gnostics in the Fiction of E.L. Doctorow (Anglo-Amerikanische Studien / Anglo-American Studies #38) (Hardcover)

Intuition of an Infinite Obligation: Narrative Ethics and Postmodern Gnostics in the Fiction of E.L. Doctorow (Anglo-Amerikanische Studien / Anglo-American Studies #38) By Rüdiger Ahrens (Editor), Catharine Walker Bergström Cover Image

Intuition of an Infinite Obligation: Narrative Ethics and Postmodern Gnostics in the Fiction of E.L. Doctorow (Anglo-Amerikanische Studien / Anglo-American Studies #38) (Hardcover)

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This is book number 38 in the Anglo-Amerikanische Studien / Anglo-American Studies series.

Grounded in theoretical studies of postmodern and narrative ethics, this book proposes the need for a re-examination of E. L. Doctorow's 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 Doctorow's 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.
Product Details ISBN: 9783631587492
ISBN-10: 363158749X
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der W
Publication Date: February 11th, 2010
Pages: 190
Language: English
Series: Anglo-Amerikanische Studien / Anglo-American Studies