Peter Ackroyd’s Chatterton: A Lyotardian Study

Noorbakhsh Hooti, Zahra Tahmasbi


This study is an attempt to scrutinize the Lyotardian concept of metanarrative in Peter Ackroyd’s Chatterton. Metanarrative seeks to legitimize itself as the only ideology showing the way of Truth, neglects the other narratives, and functions violently to suppress and control the individual subject disregarding individual or cultural differences. Ironically while attempting to give the solution for the human problems and bringing emancipation and salvation through its one dimensional ideology; grand narrative neglects excluded beliefs and ideologies by imposing a false sense of totality and universality. Ultimately the study displays that the only way to get away from the autocratic shackles of the fossilized and frozen mono-centric notions is to resist against them, and we all must learn to respect each and every micro-narrative, which is the silenced and suppressed voice of people of different religious, cultural and socio-political strata.
Key words: Lyotard; Metanarrative; Mico-narrative; Chatterton; Strata

Cette étude est une tentative de scruter le concept du métarécit lyotardienne de Chatterton Peter Ackroyd. Métarécit cherche à se légitimer comme la seule idéologie de montrer la voie de la Vérité, néglige les autres récits, et les fonctions violemment à réprimer et contrôler le sujet individuel sans tenir compte des différences individuelles ou culturelles. Ironiquement tout en essayant de donner la solution pour les problèmes humains et apporter l'émancipation et le salut grâce à ses dimensions une idéologie; grand récit néglige les croyances et les idéologies exclus en imposant un faux sentiment de totalité et d'universalité. Finalement l'étude affiche que la seule façon de sortir du carcan autocratique du fossilisés et congelés mono-centrique notions est de résister à leur encontre, et nous devons tous apprendre à respecter chaque micro-récit, qui est le silence et réprimé la voix des gens de différentes couches religieuses, culturelles et socio-politique.
Mots clés: Lyotard; Métarécit; Micro-récit; Chatterton; les strates


Lyotard; Metanarrative; Mico-narrative; Chatterton; Strata



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