According to Brian McHale, the postmodern difference in fiction entails a passage from epistemological uncertainty to ontological plurality: characters and readers are no longer primarily interested in how they can know a fictional world, but Question instead what sort of world, among many alternatives, they have entered. Our attention shifts, as Jean Baudrillard has it, from pursuit of the signified to exploration of "the code"--the broader, ontological implications of language as system. Word games open into world games.
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Moulthrop, S., (1989) “Strobe's Stimulus”, Pynchon Notes , 71-79. doi: https://doi.org/10.16995/pn.293