Postmodern Deconstruction of Grand Narratives in Post-Cyberpunk Fiction through Thematic Analysis

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Abstract

The issue of identity and its representation is a constant phenomenon since the advent of humanity. Progressive waves of technological advancement in information technology have made the contemporary culture bombastic and dynamic, due to which identity and its representation have become complex. Identity and representation are no more inert; rather, they have become fluid and arbitrary phenomenon. Postmodernist literature does not only represent life and its related issue but also simultaneously deconstructs them to the core; hence there remain no center/margin dichotomies. This study is an analysis of different themes under the theoretical framework of Deconstruction of Metanarratives (1984) and Cybernetics (1948). The method of analysis is Deconstruction by Derrida (1967), from which the tool of intertextuality has helped the researchers to answer the research questions. Analysis of various themes such as Artificial Intelligence, Techno/Globalization, Cyborg, and Posthuman conclude that transition of identity is a repetitive facet of todays individual. Hence, there are no grand narratives of representations. Different identities such as race, gender, religion, human/machine, natural/artificial, physical/nonphysical, real/virtual, life/death have become contestable. This research proves that the deconstruction of metanarratives has given vent to the mini narratives.

Authors

1-Saba Zaidi
Assistant Professor, Department of English, SBK Womens University Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan.

2-Ayesha Ashraf
Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Jhang, Punjab, Pakistan.

3-Asim Aqeel
Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Linguistics, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan

Keywords

Identity, Artificial Intelligence, Globalization, Posthuman, Metanarratives Phonological Reduction, Verbal Clitics, Complex Predicate, Postpositional Phrase, Pashto

DOI Number

10.31703/glr.2020(V-III).25


Page Nos

244-257

Volume & Issue

V - III

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Published: 09 2020

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