grand narratives and metanarratives

grand narratives and metanarratives

general conceptions (compare NARRATIVES) such as ‘the emancipation of the subject’, which for LYOTARD (1984) have been characteristic of the 'S ciences’ of ‘modernity’, and which have usually legitimized themselves with reference to such metadiscourses. It is a central part of Lyotard's critique of modernity that, in a ‘postmodern’ era, such grand narratives lose their legitimacy. The paradox exists, however: is not Lyotard's theory itself yet another grand narrative? see also POSTMODERNITY AND POSTMODERNISM.
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