THE THEMATIC RANGE OF BRITISH LITERARY POST-POSTMODERNISM IN IAN MCEWAN’S “AMSTERDAM” AND “SATURDAY” AND DAVID MITCHELL’S “CLOUD ATLAS”

  • D. I. Drozdovskyi
Keywords: post-postmodernism, contemporary British novel, meaning, metaphysical determinism

Abstract

The research offers an analysis of two of Ian McEwan’s novels “Amsterdam” and “Saturday”, and discusses the features that give grounds to outline the transition of the British postmodern novel to the post-postmodern. The philosophical parameters of the British novels, in particular their teleology and seeking for senses concepts, have been outlined. These parameters determine the worldview of the characters and explain their intentions. The researches of scholars (O. Dzhumaylo, M. Beaville, B. Shalahinov, etc.) who drew up a list of differences in the contemporary novel, which visualizes the generalized transformation of postmodernism, have been discussed. Emphasis is placed on the worldview and philosophical features that represent the concept of “rationality” or quasipositivistic view as a marker to distinguish the post-postmodern narrative from the postmodern. The explication of themes and problems inherent in “grand narratives” in post-postmodern novels is set out, and the manifestations of the emotional sincerity of post-postmodern characters are analyzed. The idea of “metaphysical determinism” is developed in D. Mitchell’s “Cloud Atlas” as a factor that combines postmodern incompleteness with the post-postmodern desire to approach the truth and analyze reality as meaningful. The contemporary British novel is outlined in the paradigm of the genre tradition of the intellectual novel representing an array of philosophical problems for which the concept of meaning is key. Forms of explication of quasi-positivistic views in British literary postmodernism are described and the views of O. Dzhumaylo and M. Beaville in their analyses of I. McEwan’s novels are discussed. The academic approach to ideas about the historical boundaries of postmodernism and approaches to the interpretation of works written during the period of dominance of postmodern philosophy and poetics is been discussed. It is emphasized that some of the features presented in theories of postmodernism are already evident in postpostmodernism, and leading theorists of postmodernism such as F. Jameson became the first theorists of post-postmodernism.

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Published
2020-12-21
How to Cite
Drozdovskyi, D. I. (2020). THE THEMATIC RANGE OF BRITISH LITERARY POST-POSTMODERNISM IN IAN MCEWAN’S “AMSTERDAM” AND “SATURDAY” AND DAVID MITCHELL’S “CLOUD ATLAS”. Bulletin of Zaporizhzhia National University. Philological Sciences, 2(1), 90-96. https://doi.org/10.26661/2414-9594-2020-1-2-12