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The Resource The ethics of indeterminacy in the novels of William Gaddis, Gregory Comnes

The ethics of indeterminacy in the novels of William Gaddis, Gregory Comnes

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The ethics of indeterminacy in the novels of William Gaddis
Title
The ethics of indeterminacy in the novels of William Gaddis
Statement of responsibility
Gregory Comnes
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • William Gaddis is one of the most significant postwar American novelists. His three large and experimental works - The Recognitions, J R (which won the National Book Award in 1975), and Carpenter's Gothic - sell to a reverential underground. In this first discussion of the ethical dimension of Gaddis's novels, Gregory Comnes maintains that Gaddis writes "epistemological" novels, narratives whose form provides readers with the means to understand how a postmodern ethics is possible
  • To establish this position Comnes argues three points. The first is that ethical concepts derive from fundamental epistemological principles - that "oughts" are legitimated by what passes for what "is." The second is that Gaddis's novels employ the epistemological concepts, grounded in quantum science, as principles of composition and form. From this interpretation, the novels dramatize the truth described by contemporary science. Readers of Gaddis come to realize what Bohr and Heisenberg understood, Comnes argues: that life is not linear, aimed at one fixed point and seeking consummation there. He concludes that Gaddis wants readers to understand the issue of ethics in a way that one of his characters describes as "Agape agape." Within the constraints of an indeterminate world, love itself can serve as the basis of meaning and value. The three novels, each postmodern and ethical, correlate the worlds of science, religion, art, and economics to show that ethical choice (not conformity and passivity) is possible, even when the absolute is replaced with the probable as the basis for judgment
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Comnes, Gregory
Dewey number
813/.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3557.A28
LC item number
Z64 1994eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Gaddis, William
  • Ethics in literature
  • Gaddis, William
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Ethics in literature
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The ethics of indeterminacy in the novels of William Gaddis, Gregory Comnes
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-176) and index
Carrier category
online resource
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cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
44955235
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 188 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813019284
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44955235
Label
The ethics of indeterminacy in the novels of William Gaddis, Gregory Comnes
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 163-176) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
44955235
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 188 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780813019284
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)44955235

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