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The Resource Seven modes of uncertainty, C. Namwali Serpell

Seven modes of uncertainty, C. Namwali Serpell

Label
Seven modes of uncertainty
Title
Seven modes of uncertainty
Statement of responsibility
C. Namwali Serpell
Title variation
7 modes of uncertainty
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Literature is rife with uncertainty. Literature is good for us. These two ideas about reading literature are often taken for granted. But what is the relationship between literature's capacity to unsettle, perplex, and bewilder us, and literature's ethical value? To revive this question, C. Namwali Serpell proposes a return to William Empson's groundbreaking work, Seven Types of Ambiguity (1930), which contends that literary uncertainty is crucial to ethics because it pushes us beyond the limits of our own experience. Taking as case studies experimental novels by Thomas Pynchon, Toni Morrison, Bret Easton Ellis, Ian McEwan, Elliot Perlman, Tom McCarthy, and Jonathan Safran Foer, Serpell suggests that literary uncertainty emerges from the reader's shifting responses to structures of conflicting information. A number of these novels employ a structure of mutual exclusion, which presents opposed explanations for the same events. Some use a structure of multiplicity, which presents different perspectives regarding events or characters. The structure of repetition in other texts destabilizes the continuity of events and frustrates our ability to follow the story. To explain how these structures produce uncertainty, Serpell borrows from cognitive psychology the concept of affordance, which describes an object's or environment's potential uses. Moving through these narrative structures affords various ongoing modes of uncertainty, which in turn afford ethical experiences both positive and negative. At the crossroads of recent critical turns to literary form, reading practices, and ethics, Seven Modes of Uncertainty offers a new phenomenology of how we read uncertainty now
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1980-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Serpell, Namwali
Dewey number
809.3/9353
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
PN3347
LC item number
.S47 2014eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Fiction
  • Literature and morals
  • Ethics in literature
  • Literature
  • Englisch, ..
  • Andrae, A
  • LITERARY CRITICISM
  • Ambiguity in literature
  • Ethics in literature
  • Experimental fiction
  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Literature and morals
  • Uncertainty in literature
  • Moral
  • Ethik
  • Literaturpsychologie
Label
Seven modes of uncertainty, C. Namwali Serpell
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mutual exclusion. Oscillation : Thomas Pynchon, The crying of lot 49 (1966) -- Enfolding : rereading Ian McEwan's Atonement (2001) -- Multiplicity. Adjacency : Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987) -- Accounting : interreading William Empson's Seven types of ambiguity (1930), Shirley Jackson's "Seven types of ambiguity" (1943), and Elliot Perlman's Seven types of ambiguity (2003) -- Repetition. Vacuity : Bret Easton Ellis, American psycho (1991) -- Synchronicity : metareading Tom McCarthy's Remainder (2005) -- Conclusion : flippancy : Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely loud & incredibly close (2005)
Control code
882257939
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (393 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674419674
Lccn
2013032892
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/harvard.9780674419674
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt6n03hs
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)882257939
Label
Seven modes of uncertainty, C. Namwali Serpell
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mutual exclusion. Oscillation : Thomas Pynchon, The crying of lot 49 (1966) -- Enfolding : rereading Ian McEwan's Atonement (2001) -- Multiplicity. Adjacency : Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987) -- Accounting : interreading William Empson's Seven types of ambiguity (1930), Shirley Jackson's "Seven types of ambiguity" (1943), and Elliot Perlman's Seven types of ambiguity (2003) -- Repetition. Vacuity : Bret Easton Ellis, American psycho (1991) -- Synchronicity : metareading Tom McCarthy's Remainder (2005) -- Conclusion : flippancy : Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely loud & incredibly close (2005)
Control code
882257939
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (393 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674419674
Lccn
2013032892
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.4159/harvard.9780674419674
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt6n03hs
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)882257939

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