Beyond Veracity: The Pursuit of Postmodern Truth in Julian Barnes’s Flaubert’s Parrot
- Ying Jiang
Truth used to be a monolithic monad which was single and absolute. Postmodern truth is contrarily multiple and ambiguous. It is no longer the divine Form held by Plato, nor does it solely depend on the verifiability as suggested by Ayer. It is also viewed as a cultural phenomenon and constructed by power which according to Foucault is productive rather than depressive. Postmodern truth is closely related to Nietzsche’s view that there is no truth, only interpretations. Barnes presents it as perspectival and various with the bootless tracing of the two parrots that claim to be the specimen used by Flaubert.
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