By Javier Marías
At excessive desk in an Oxford university, the beautiful younger educate Clare Bayes attracted all eyes, no longer least to her fetching decollettage. No one's eyes have been sharper, even though, than these of the vacationing Spanish lecturer, invited as a visitor in this social gathering, and finally the 2 teenagers have been fanatics, unbeknown to Clare's husband. And if the Spaniard was once at pains to hide their tracks, his loved left facts of adultery with homosexual abandon - and all this in a school that was once a forcing residence of gossip and intrigue, a spot the place "at each observe a name dies".
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Com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-15 20 21 ‘auto-representation . . with its view that there is no presence, no external truth which verifies or unifies, that there is only self-reference’ (Hutcheon 1988: 119). According to the logic of ‘double-coding’, which Hutcheon (and others) insists is typical of postmodernism, the distinction between realist and postmodern fiction is not a binary opposition: postmodern fiction is both realist and non-realist at the same time.
More importantly, the whole question of representation was at the top of the intellectual agenda. For if we had to pinpoint one issue at the heart of late twentiethcentury literature, theory and philosophy, surely this would be it: the gulf between language and what it represents. This is a question – as we can see from Murdoch’s philosophical work – which stretches back to the philosophy of Plato and the fledgling literary theory of Aristotle, but it has been more directly resonant in the period of literature which can justifiably be called ‘modern’.
She affirms our need to maintain a belief in certain a priori truths, however difficult they are to establish. Some concepts, like the Good, endure despite the untenabilility of the Christian metanarrative. In the first of the Platonic dialogues Murdoch published as Acastos (1987), Mantias claims that ‘really there’s no such thing as “reality” or “nature”, it’s not just sitting there, we make it out of words – ideas – concepts’. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromso - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-15 16 Revisiting the Sublime and the Beautiful 17 Given the status of Socrates in the play, and given Murdoch’s similar pronouncements elsewhere, it is clear that he is speaking for his creator.
All Souls by Javier Marías