Postmodern narrative theory, as a phrase, presents an awesome trinity, a grouping of terms and relations that produces complex questions from the start. This is a book about three things that have to be thought about together: postmodern narrative, postmodern theories of narrative and the postmodern world. The awe is partly inspired by the sheer size of these things, these generalities the size of epochs, and the quantity of material they encompass. But from the start there is some uncertainty about the size of entity under consideration. The postmodern world sounds like the universal set, encompassing the other two as subsets, but how big are the subsets? Is a postmodern narrative one kind of contemporary narrative, or is it any contemporary narrative? The noun phrases postmodern narrative and postmodern narrative theory are inhabited by this basic tension between part and whole, or between the qualitative and the epochal description.
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