The Deconstruction of Meta Narratives in The Finkler Question

Authors

  • Dr. Toqeer Ahmed Assistant Professor, Department of English, Mirpur University of Science & Technology, (MUST) Mirpur, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan
  • Dr. Sehrish Shafi Assistant Professor, Department of English, Mirpur University of Science & Technology, (MUST) Mirpur, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan
  • Dr. Asma Iqbal Kayani Assistant Professor, Department of English, Mirpur University of Science & Technology, (MUST) Mirpur, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.35484/pssr.2024(8-II-S)52

Keywords:

Deconstruction, Jewish identity, Meta-narrative, Nationalism, Postmodernism, The Finkler Question

Abstract

This research examines the deconstruction of meta-narratives in Howard Jacobson’s novel The Finkler Question through a postmodern lens. The objective is to explore how the novel subverts grand narratives such as nationalism and religion, employing literary techniques to challenge dominant discourses. The background highlights the novel's focus on Jewish identity and nationalism. Using textual analysis, the methodology involves examining characters who resist or subvert dominant meta-narratives, constructing their own identities and meanings. The results reveal that The Finkler Question critiques the notions of a unified Jewish and British national identity, portraying diverse and fragmented communities. The novel employs irony, intertextuality, and ambiguity to create space for alternative perspectives. Recommendations include further research on postmodern critiques in literature and the promotion of inclusive and diverse societal values. The study contributes to discussions on postmodernism and literature by illustrating how the novel deconstructs meta-narratives and fosters individual identity construction.

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Published

2024-06-21

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Ahmed, T., Shafi, S., & Kayani, A. I. (2024). The Deconstruction of Meta Narratives in The Finkler Question. Pakistan Social Sciences Review, 8(2), 596–608. https://doi.org/10.35484/pssr.2024(8-II-S)52