call me big papa
The Ulysses one is excellent btw, read by Jim Norton.
'McHale's primary thesis is that modernist fiction is one concerned (primarily) with an epistemological dominant. That is, modernist fiction is concerned with what knowledge is, how it's produced, who is producing it and who is receiving it and why, etc etc. Postmodernist fiction by contrast is concerned (again, primarily, but not singularly) with an ontological dominant. It will be concerned with what world we (or the characters) are in, how they were put there, the dissolution of the boundaries/binaries separating worlds. The most obvious example of this if it's hard to conceive of is the distinction between the world of the novel and the world of the author. In Pynchon's V., the author is content to remain behind a Wizard of Oz curtain. In his later novel Gravity's Rainbow, on the other hand, the author visibly attempts to, well, fuck with the reader, really. The author is a presence in the novel despite inhabiting a different world.I'm not so sure about the modernism/postmodernism issue, more that he seems to be trying to cover literally everything on a given subject, with all the different views at the same time, or after one another.
I like it too. It stops it getting as diffuse - as luka put it - as GR. A bit like the eye of a storm. There's a solid point of reference/foundation for everything to whip around which keeps it all together.Yeah deffo. I liked that about Ulysses, it's narratively quite tight and straight, I quite like that.