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Release date 01.07.1988
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I absolutely love both of Hutcheon's books I've read so far, in fact I keep returning to A Theory of Parody throughout my own work. But A Poetics of Postmodernism has a broader focus and will almost certainly become my go-to text for Hutcheon references in future.

Essentially Hutcheon's argument is that postmodern historiographic metafiction (a term she coined) is principally concerned with the epistemological status of the past (and therefore the present, which is constructed out of the past). This is the historiographic component—a concern with the logic, limitations, and strategies through which historical meaning is made and related. The metafictional aspect of these texts is the preoccupation with their own methods of historical meaning making, a meta- interrogation of the strategies used to narrativize and make sense of historical events, texts, and, artifacts.
So, for instance, a play like Tom Stoppard's Travesties shows us the processes through which Henry Carr tries to relate the history of his experiences in Zurich in 1917. The form of the play—with its breaks, repetitions, and shifts in the nature and dialects of its characters—prevents any mistaking the play for realist history, and the parodic interplay of various intertexts (Carr's faulty memories, as well as The Importance of Being Earnest, Tzara's poetry, Joyce's Ulysses, and the writings of Lenin) hints at the crucial role playaed by culturally constructed narratives and texts in constructing histories.

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