May 6th, 2004

Modernity outside these novels

My introduction, beyond simply reading some books that would be considered "modern" or "post-modern" was a class I took the first semester of my freshman year, addressing primarily the interrelation of post-modern thought, as expressed by Derrida, and quantum mechanics. I thought the concept of the course was fantastic, and found it to be fascinating, taught by an old German professor who cited the first modern novel as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. Needless to say, that was an interesting contention, and our reading through the remainder of the course (Crying of Lot 49, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, The Tao of Physics, Confidence Man, and The Cyberiad Stories in addition to many short stories and articles) absolutely enthralled me. I love these works for being a challenge, not in the sense of being HARD to read but rather in looking at the world in a fashion entirely at odds with our expectations.