Modernity and its Discontents by John D. Caputo, James L. Marsh

By John D. Caputo, James L. Marsh

The creation by way of Merold Westphal units the scene: books, visions of philosophy, buddies and infrequently colleagues.... Modernity and Its Discontents is a debate among Caputo and Marsh within which each one upheld their opposing philosphical positions by way of severe modernism and post-modernism. The booklet opens with a critique of every debater of the other's prior paintings. With its passionate point-counterpoint shape, the ebook recollects the philosphical dialogues of classical occasions, however the writing variety continues to be lucid and uncluttered. Taking the failure of Englightenment beliefs as their universal flooring, the debaters problem every one other's rules at the nature of post-foundationalist critique. on the middle of the argument lies the well timed query of the position that every individual can play in making a actually humane society.

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11/10/13 2:38 PM The Bean Trees | 31 In her study of women’s road narratives, critic Deborah Clarke compares “The Bean Tree” to Bobbie Ann Mason’s “In Country” for its use of the automobile as marking a new symbolic connection to women’s freedom in the 1980s. She notes that in the twentieth century, women’s narratives opened up to include stories of travel, marking a move beyond traditional stories of house and home: “No longer relegated to waiting, women wrote increasingly about journeys, about mobility, and about the power inherent in this increased freedom.

When she returns to the bar where she had first seen Turtle, however, the bar has turned into a diner and there is no sign of anyone she’d seen before. Taylor realizes then that there “had never been the remotest possibility of finding any relative of Turtle’s” but that she had made this trip for a reason unknown to her: “I must have wanted something, and wanted it badly” (203). She decides to go to Lake o’ the Cherokees, a scenic area on the reservation, without really knowing why. While they are there, Taylor connects Turtle’s love of burying with her cries of “Mama” when she sees a cemetery.

2005. For Further Study Frye, Bob J. 2: 73–83. Murrey, Loretta Martin. 1-2: 155–64. Ryan, Maureen. 4: 77–83. indd 35 11/10/13 2:38 PM 36 | Introduction to Literary Context: American Post-Modernist Novels Discussion Questions 1. What makes Taylor Greer different from her peers in Pittman, Kentucky? Why is she “the one to get away”? 2. Discuss the various ways in which motherhood is depicted in the novel. What characteristics are echoed throughout each depiction? How does each relationship serve to characterize Taylor’s relationship with Turtle?

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