Post-modern readings are ones which generally focus on
the experience of the individual
the importance of seeing and looking
perceptions of the world, rather than a single definitive 'truth' or sense of reality
thought and rethought, and the ever changing mind
the here and the now, with little regard for what is possible or what is to come.
Heinrich Boll's The Lost Honour of Katherina Blum is a good example of a text which highlights these post-modern concepts of the fluidity of truth. All this—she had placed fifteen newspaper clippings in front of Blum, she said— failed to console her: Katharina had merely asked: "Who reads those anyway? Everyone I know reads the News!" p63
In the 2013 Literature examination, the unseen poem, Rainer Maria Rilke's 'Going Blind' could be read from a post-modern perspective which would foreground the way that sight and seeing are shown as not necessarily the same thing.
Try to list some texts which highlight:
sight and seeing, or being seen
the process of thought, perhaps through stream of consciousness writing
the reworking of language
the rewriting of history
What ideas about truth and reality are portrayed in this opening scene from Christopher Nolan's Memento?
What assumptions does it make about knowledge the viewer has?
How might the photograph of the murdered man be read from a post-modern perspective?
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