By William Gaddis
"Either the final actual masterpiece of the 20 th century or the 1st of our new millenium" —San Francisco Chronicle
William Gaddis released 4 novels in the course of his lifetime, tremendous and intricate books that helped inaugurate a brand new circulation in American letters. Now comes his ultimate paintings of fiction, a sophisticated, centred fruits of his artwork and concepts. For greater than fifty years Gaddis accrued notes for a booklet concerning the mechanization of the humanities, instructed in terms of a social heritage of the participant piano in the US. within the years earlier than his dying in 1998, he distilled the full mass right into a fiction, a dramatic monologue through an aged guy with a terminal affliction. carrying on with Gaddis's career-long mirrored image on these points of company technological tradition which are uniquely damaging of the humanities, Agape Agape is a beautiful success from one of many undeniable masters of postwar American fiction.
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Only in the interaction of character and environment can the concrete potentiality of a particular individual be singled out from the 'bad infinity' of purely abstract potentialities, and emerge as the determining potentiality of just this individual at just this phase of his development. This principle alone enables the artist to distinguish concrete potentiality from a myriad abstractions. But the ontology on which the image of man in modernist literature is based invalidates this principle. If the 'human condition' - man as a solitary being, incapable of meaningful relationships - is identified with reality itself, the distinction between abstract and concrete potentiality becomes null and void.
P. 20. ) Surfiction: Fiction Now . . And Tomorrow (Chicago: The Swallow Press, 1975), pp. 8-9. 44. Ra 45. Je a 46. Fr n Ba u d r il l a r d , Verso, 1988), p. 84. America (1986) trans. Chris Turner (London and New York: e d r i c J a m e s o n , 'The Politics of Theory: Ideological Positions in the Postmodernism Debate' in Modern Criticism and Theory. A Reader, ed. David Lodge (London and New York: Longman, 1988), pp. 377-8. 47. See the discussion in S t e v e n C o n n o r , Postmodernist Culture, op.
Camp', for example, most obviously, was as Sontag described it, 'wholly aesthetic'; it was 'Dandyism in the age of mass culture',40 less disdainful than its nineteenth-century original, but exclusive none the less. This taste for 'bad art', for extravagant stylisation, for the over-ambitious and naive failure, is surely resumed in commentaries on American hyperreality, the consummate expression of Baudrillard's postmodernism. One could discover the beginnings, and an instructive contrast with this postmodernism, even earlier, however, in Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.
Agap? Agape (Penguin Classics) by William Gaddis