Narrating the Self
The “best sellers” list subverts our thinking about discourse. In unexpressed complicity with our ordinary, everyday understanding, two simple newspaper columns inscribe the dichotomous structure of the world. Let’s be clear from the outset: either it’s fiction, we insist, or it’s fact. Beneath this obvious dichotomy, however, lurks a more insidious presumption: for the distinction fiction/non-fiction also contains the bifurcated and mutually exclusive denomination “imaginary”/“real.” Fiction is therefore thought of as nothing more or less than an evasion — at best, a divertissement. This dichotomous (mis)construction, moreover, assumes, beneath its facade of determinacy and correctness, the very “truth” it claims to seek: for with the identification of fiction/imaginary and non-fiction/real, there also obtains a further identification. Fiction is false; non-fiction is true. Are we not, here, once again entrapped in the snare of the subject-object dichotomy? For isn’t it the case that, when all is said and done, fiction hereby understood is simply bequeathed to that nebulous, naive, and ultimately insignificant domain of subjectivity, whereas non-fiction, conversely, acquires its value precisely insofar as and to the extent that it addresses the object and represents nothing less than the discourse of what we commonly refer to as the “real world”?
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