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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 picking impact at the improvement of yankee fiction within the 3 many years following 1945, in what quantities to a constitutive come across among literature and philosophy at mid-century: after the tip of modernism, because it used to be commonly 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 spoke back to logical positivism as a chance to the mind's eye, their works usually appear its effect, particularly with reference to "emotive" or "meaningless" phrases. faraway from a simple heritage of rules, Fictions of truth and Value charts a family tree that's usually erased within the very texts the place it registers and disowned by means of the very authors that it contains. LeMahieu complicates a foremost narrative of highbrow historical past during which a releasing postmodernism triumphs over a reactionary positivism via historicizing the literary reaction to positivism in works by way of 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 research that finds a big a part of postwar literary historical past, Fictions of truth and Value will curiosity a person fascinated with postmodernism, modernist stories, analytic philosophy, or the background of ideas.

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