1. Dr. GARGI BHATTACHARYA - Assistant Professor, Swami Niswambalananda Girls College.
This article seeks to highlight certain areas of critical failure to provide space to the post-postmodern and the need to understand the radical impulses of fiction outside of the theories of Jameson and Hutcheon. I contest both Jameson’s theory of ‘waning of affect’ and Hutcheon’s theory of narcissistic metafictionality. I further discuss language theories to better understand the idiom of the postmodern as different from the language of preceding genres of fiction. Moreover, the essay also discusses metafictionality as a corollary to the postmodern condition, and not its defining character and argues that new postmodern fiction is inscribed with an embedded meta-analysis of its own metafictionality that cannot be simply contained by the reductive logic of metafiction. I also take the Kantian category of the parergon and interpret its usages, in the Derridian sense, in postmodern fiction as a technique to both defamiliarize the reader and to add to the ‘affect’ of the text, its reception and depth. I also look at the use of paratextuality and autotextuality (a category I derive from blocks of auto-text saved in computers) to negotiate the relationship between varying sets of signifiers and their present (or absent) signifieds.
Postmodernism, postmodern fiction, Linda Hutcheon, narcissistic narrative, waning of affect, parergon, empirical cloudiness, paratext, paratextuality, autotext, autotextuality