Re: RARA-AVIS: Unreliable narrator

From: Kerry J. Schooley (
Date: 15 Nov 2005

At 03:23 PM 14/11/2005 -0800, you wrote:

>The idea that plot doesn't matter was big with the
>modernists. We have the postmoderns to thank for
>extinguishing all those terrible grand narratives and
>pointing out the shocking truth about the dubious
>nature of language in describing reality.

Thanks Miker. I was thinking post-modern in the sense of de-constructing the structure to gain understanding of the story. Is it not legitimate just to have enjoyed the thing? And anyway, I think people do understand the structure of storytelling and its purpose more than they let on. It's not rocket science, and has been used for centuries because it works. It if has not worked for a particular writer, that doesn't necessarily mean that it's because the audience was incapable of understanding what a good story is. Sometimes that may be the case, but less than we might wish to be the truth, I suspect.

best, Kerry

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