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  Metanarrative - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
By this, Lyotard meant that the postmodern condition is characterized by an increasingly widespread skepticism toward metanarratives, such as the unique status of the individual, the boundedness of information, and the march of progress, that are thought to have given order and meaning to Western thought during modernity.
The majority of metanarratives tend to be relatively optimistic in their visions for human kind, some verge on utopian, but different schools of thought offer very differing accounts.....
Metanarratives have lost their power to convince, according to the advocates of postmodernism, – they are, literally, stories that are told in order to legitimise various versions of "the truth".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Metanarrative   (768 words)

 Metanarrative Encyclopedia Article @ AlienArtifacts.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
A blind faith in the free market and trickle down effect is open to metanarrative interpretations, though not as blatantly utopian as other metanarratives.
For example, modernist thinkers like Alex Callinicos and Jürgen Habermas argue that Lyotard's description of the postmodern world as containing an "incredulity toward metanarratives" could be seen as a metanarrative in itself.
Perhaps postmodernists, like Lyotard, are not offering us a utopian metanarrative, but in many respects their arguments are open to metanarrative interpretation.
www.alienartifacts.com /encyclopedia/Metanarrative   (862 words)

 metanarrative   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
A metanarrative is a term used in postmodern discourse to refer to a narrative about narratives.
According to Jean-François Lyotard (1984), postmodernism, which represents an openness to the authority of "marginal" narratives, is defined "as incredulity toward metanarratives".
A metanarrative is often equated to the concept of an ideology or world view.
www.yourencyclopedia.net /metanarrative.html   (166 words)

 Jean-François Lyotard [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Lyotard famously defines the postmodern as 'incredulity towards metanarratives,' where metanarratives are understood as totalising stories about history and the goals of the human race that ground and legitimise knowledges and cultural practises.
The two metanarratives that Lyotard sees as having been most important in the past are (1) history as progressing towards social enlightenment and emancipation, and (2) knowledge as progressing towards totalisation.
Modernity is defined as the age of metanarrative legitimation, and postmodernity as the age in which metanarratives have become bankrupt.
www.iep.utm.edu /l/Lyotard.htm   (13557 words)

 MELUS: Metanarrative in ethnic autobiography for children: Laurence Yep's The Lost Garden and Judith Ortiz Cofer's ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
This essay on metanarrative in ethnic autobiography for children supports the idea that language, immigrant histories, family, and location exist in a relation of dynamic interdependent parts.
More specifically, this self-consciousness is negotiated through the metanarrative aspects of the text, illustrating how patterns of dialectical self-invention-which in these cases privilege access to and negotiation with a second language and culture--are related to the sense of mastery of language and issues of self-representation that shape the future artist.
These metanarratives become highly complex engagements with ethnic and artistic reality because both texts are primarily Kunstlerromane, stressing the process of their protagonists' particular artistic development and outlining the genesis of Yep's books for children and Cofer's poetry.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2278/is_2_27/ai_92589729   (1371 words)

Metanarratives is a story, narrative or theory which claims to be above the ordinary or local accounts of social life.
Postmodernists claim that the majority of the writings of Marx, Durkheim and Weber are offered as metanarratives, presented as capturing universal properties of social life and thus superior to local or more grounded stories.
Postmodernist social theorists argue for a return to the local, the rejection of grand theory and a privileged position for science and its narratives, and an acknowledgment of the inherently political nature of all narratives.
www.sociologyindex.com /metanarrative.htm   (89 words)

 Metanarrative   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Civil war, of course, is a metanarrative whereas insurrection or insurgency represent micro movements and therefore have validity.
But the introduction of a running metanarrative that links all the episodes, à la The Fugitive upsets the underlying sense of justice this formula typically...
Postmodernism, which represents an openness to the authority of "marginal" narratives, has been described as an "incredulity toward metanarratives" (Lyotard 1984).
metanarrative.wikiverse.org   (157 words)

 Metanarrative   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
A metanarrative is a term used in postmodern discourse to refer to a narrative aboutnarratives.
It is a story that determines which other stories are "central" and acceptable, and which are "marginal".Metannaratives are thought to prevent narratives deemed "marginal" from upsetting or subverting the cultural order.
A metanarrative is often equated to the concept of an ideology or worldview.
www.therfcc.org /metanarrative-33805.html   (96 words)

 Humphries: From Critical Thought to Emancipatory Action
The uncovering of power as intrinsic to all social research demonstrates that instead of a scientific community which is autonomous and free from political interest, we now know that an intimate relationship exists between the projects of science and other intellectual and political interests in the cultures where science is practised.
Although scientific knowledge appeals to a metanarrative of the liberation of all, the general thrust of the knowledge produced is ownership by a privileged research community in the interests of dominant groups.
The claim to a metanarrative of emancipation in both scientific and alternative research should not be a source of discomfort to emancipatory researchers.
www.socresonline.org.uk /2/1/3.html   (4434 words)

Going hand in hand with colonial hegemony, is the question of metanarratives ("grand narratives," "master narratives"), that is large cultural stories that seek to explain within their borders all local narratives.
Metanarratives are as often secular as they are religious.
It was Jean-François Lyotard who popularized the notion that postmodernism is "incredulity to metanarratives." The problem according to Lyotard and others is that no metanarrative can actually reflect the experiences and truth-claims of all peoples and cultures; therefore, metanarratives are inherently oppressive because they actually mask the attempts at hegemony of particular groups.
www.dbu.edu /mitchell/biblemet.htm   (1508 words)

In Sociology, the concept of a metanarrative is sometimes referred-to as a "high level theory" or, more-usually, a perspective / ideology.
Far from being in decline the power of metanarrative belief (whether it takes a religious or secular form) actually seems to be increasing amongst some social groups in some societies.
The argument, to reiterate, is not that "metanarratives" do not / cannot exist (since they plainly do and, it could be argued, their continued existence can be taken as evidence of post-modern social developments).
www.sociology.org.uk /ws1k5.htm   (394 words)

 assemblage 4 -- Ruminations on Romanisation
The fusion of Roman and Hellenistic metanarratives that created the Principate was no less a process of re-Romanisation than the adoption of Christianity under Constantine, the latter of which being perhaps the most significant step in the monumental period of transformation between the ancient and the medieval worlds.
This metanarrative split into eastern and western versions, the one asserting a claim to the constitutional legitimacy of the Roman empire via Christ's miraculous encounter with its emperor Constantine (Constantinople), and the other ultimately basing its authority on the keys of St Peter (the Roman papacy and, by extension, the Holy Roman Empire).
Although metanarratives may change over time, even those of the distant past all have something to teach us because they once were fundamental in defining a specific human condition.
www.shef.ac.uk /assem/4/4turner.html   (9587 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Books | Review | Atonement: metanarrative
The novel is composed of this story and the metanarrative - the short final section - that accounts for its existence.
It is perhaps something like the discovery near the end of the film The Usual Suspects that all that has gone before has been the invention of one of the characters.
Metanarrative should not be confused with metafiction, though the latter often contains versions of the former.
books.guardian.co.uk /review/story/0,12084,923904,00.html   (702 words)

 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2003.09.11
In this first chapter M's categories of explanatory, identificatory, historical, and ethnographic glosses are occasionally confusing (she may not have needed so many divisions), although M's comments on the interreliance between historical and ethnographic glosses is credible and nicely prefigures the rest of the book.
In a variety of commentaries on specific passages M astutely emphasizes the metanarrative function of these past quarrels as allusions to contemporary fifth-century debates and issues, such as the Athenian story of Corinthian cowardice at Salamis (a reference to contemporary trouble between Athens and Corinth).
M argues that, rather than simply marking himself as an ethnographer by narrating wonders, Herodotus uses metanarrative markers of wonder to stimulate his audience to further reflection on a variety of topics, especially phenomena similar to or different from their Greek counterparts.
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /bmcr/2003/2003-09-11.html   (2180 words)

 The Modernist Objectivity of Lyotard's Postmodernism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
Habermas of course, as a modernist, does have a theory for this, and it is the ability of the intellectual to see the place and purpose and outcome of communicative reason, because of the freedom from instrumental values.
There is no metanarrative either because the paradigm shifts in science do not run along with other paradigm shifts in other areas of human cultural activity.
A metanarrative of progress could return, under the right conditions, and be not just a metanarrative but a way to rational outcomes.
www.change.freeuk.com /learning/socthink/lyotard.html   (612 words)

 Interrogating the Project of Military History - October 23, 2004
The basic job of a metanarrative is to determine which stories are regarded as of central importance and which are relegated to the margins.
That's why it can aptly be defined as "a narrative about narratives." Cordesman argues that the dominant metanarrative of military history privileges stories that address "fighting and battles, human interactions of combat, and the paraphernalia of war." The causes of war are dealt with in fairly summary form.
Arguably it's because because those in power need a metanarrative which confirms the belief that the use of lethal force solves problems, period, rather than the more accurate and far less satisfying view that the use of violence solves one problem at the cost of generating new ones.
people.cohums.ohio-state.edu /grimsley1/dialogue/postcolonialism/resistance_55.htm   (977 words)

 metanarrative ~ one story
Whatever the postmodernist philosophers mean by metanarrative when they critique the power games of this world, there is one big story that is not about doing violence to the other, one metanarrative which rises above the power games of men and women.
But we can't live without at least one, because when all metanarratives are stripped away, we become homeless, hopeless, and meaningless.
Metanarrative is a one-man project in composition and recording.
www.metanarrative.net   (310 words)

 Bible   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
It is to read the narratives of our own lives and of the societies in which we live as narratives which take their meaning from this metanarrative that overarches them all.
To accept this metanarrative as the one within which we live is to see the world differently and to live within it differently from the way we would if we inhabited another metanarrative or framework of universal meaning.
In other words, the biblical metanarrative is a story not of the assertion of autonomy in domination, but of grace and free response.
www.media.anglican.com.au /tma/2000/2000_10/bible.html   (1483 words)

 Discussion Papers - Curriculum, Ethics, Metanarrative   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
It requires a species of critical educational theory, hybrid and polyvocal itself, that both articulates visions of social and cultural utopias and heterotopias, while blending this with a continued skepticism towards totalisation and towards the kinds of essentialism that always seem to land grand narratives in deep trouble (Benhabib, 1996).
This fragmentation is achieved both through the narrow instrumental technicism of a test or package-driven classroom, and through an overly developed epistemological sensitivity to the local, the ‘cultural’ and the diasporic that eschews grand constructions of discipline, field and discourse and thereby effectively narrows the curriculum to parochial concerns (A. Luke and Carrington, 2002).
My point is that three key historical movements have come together in the field: a skepticism towards educational metanarratives; a tendency of Western and Northern educators to assume a post-postwar cultural pluralism that places a great stress on the ‘local’; and neoliberal governance of the development and provision of new educational services, programs and interventions.
www.education.tas.gov.au /English/luke.htm   (3596 words)

 FT March 2000: Can We Have a Story?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-07)
God’s people must gather the courage to subordinate other narratives to their own, to proclaim and live within a metanarrative that is "meta" in superlative degree.
Perhaps there is indeed to be a penultimate end of history, not an end of newspaper events but a global imposition of storyless procedural society, of Clark’s "purgatory." In any case, church and synagogue, in charity for humankind, must pray against such a time of trial and meanwhile do what we can for our fellows.
We can note the postmodernist critique of metanarratives, and then offer a narrative that, because it is about God and us at once, is of a different species altogether.
www.firstthings.com /ftissues/ft0003/opinion/jenson.html   (1127 words)

 WinnNotes: Abstract for DMin Thesis
Whenever publishers publish Scripture, the chapters and verses become obstacles to the discovery of the metanarrative because publishers reinforce this poorly conceived configuration by continuing to format the text of Scripture with chapters and verses.
Therefore, the path to begin to help the reader comprehend the magnitude of the metanarrative in the text is to present a guide to the metanarrative in an overview format to help the reader begin to move away from those pesky little inserts called verses to the larger story presented in the text.
The primary metanarrative of the text of Scripture can be broken down into a five-act play in which the reader becomes an "actor" in the final scenes of the play.
www.drwinn.com /mt-archives/winn/000032.html   (966 words)

 "Gary Snyder: A Postmodern Perspective"--by Todd Ensign
Unlike many contemporary environmentalists who believe in a metanarrative of an utopian society which puts wilderness before all else, Snyder writes his poetry from a heterogeneous perspective that celebrates micronarratives of ancient cultures, love of wildness, and the human spirit.
Like Lyotard, who shunned the metanarrative and embraced the globalistic blend of diverse cultural micronarratives, Snyder rejects the binary opposition of wilderness and civilization in favor of a multitude of perspectives.
Although Snyder’s poetry does not develop a map that is able to re-connect the many micronarratives of our fragmented world cultures, his model provides a way for consumers enveloped by capitalism to understand themselves and their immediate surroundings.
www.english.uiuc.edu /maps/poets/s_z/snyder/ensign.htm   (601 words)

 Seyla Benhabib and Our Version of Good Faith
When you develop a metanarrative, you're trying to tell the story or myth that is universally true, for all people.
Habermas agrees with the inappropriateness of our overreliance on metanarrative, but he believes that we cannot discard all attempts to find some overriding metanarrative, at least to the extent that we could have a universal understanding about how to critique validity claims.
I reckon that's because anything that claims to be true for all cases, is using such a macro perspective that it ignores the complexities built in when we consider the local narrative.
www.csudh.edu /dearhabermas/benhabib02.htm   (1878 words)

 Duras: La Pute de la Côte normande. Framing Duras (fin)
The autobiographical enterprise of her late career carries with it a barrier of incommunicability since the non-fictive identity is structured by means of the multiple (and often unreliable) framework of text and interview, film and theatrical performance.
Told in the conditionnel parfait, Le Camion begins with a metanarrative "it would have been a film, therefore it is a film." The "you" of L'Homme atlantique steps off-camera, even where, in the prose version of the film, there is no camera.
She also alludes, through stage direction or camera angles, to extratextual performances of the text in a modified form: plots and scenes recur in any of the distinct or composite ("texte/théâtre/film") narrative forms Duras tends to "fusionner" (Armel, 117).
www.lehman.cuny.edu /hypertextes/duras/framing.htm   (586 words)

 Interrogating the Project of Military History - November 10, 2004
Before continuing, it may perhaps be worthwhile to remind the reader that a metanarrative is essentially "a narrative about narratives." It's a big story that determines which smaller stories are of central and which are of peripheral importance.
A key limitation of the European metanarrative is not merely that it privileges one military culture above all others, but that it comprehends the world largely in terms of nation-states, and emphasizes the conflicts between nation-states and the armed forces employed by nation-states.
Similarly, we do not have a metanarrative that knows what to do with what political scientist John Mueller has termed "criminal war." Most current warfare, he argues, is opportunistic predation waged by packs—often remarkably small ones—of criminals and bullies.
people.cohums.ohio-state.edu /grimsley1/dialogue/postcolonialism/resistance_59.htm   (1693 words)

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