This paper will explore the short story “Morgan, Morgan” by Janette Turner Hospital in a poststructuralist way using both New Historicism and Deconstruction. First, we will explore the tenants of New Historicism and apply it to the story, and then we will explore the tenants of Deconstruction and apply it to the story. The ideals of New Historicism were first outlined by Michel Foucault and later developed by Stephen Greenblatt. Foucault did not develop New Historicism; however, his philosophy and ideas formed the basis of the practice. As Warren Hedges has noted,
Foucault’s contribution to literary studies has been to encourage us to think about how no writer’s description or categorization is simply neutral. Instead we can think…show more content… By believing in his stories, his visions, in his account of the world and the people in it, she learned to challenge the discourses of her time. While sitting in church one Sunday, she had her own vision: “I saw a million golden doves and the gilded petals of all the dahlias in the world rising up into the pointed arch above in which God lived” (qtd. In Lynn “Literature” 291). She learned to see beyond the static faith of others to find her own faith, fluid like her grandfathers, and yet still her own. Her Sunday school teacher and the pastor were both so focused and unbending in their own “truth” that they were unable to see hers. The pastor tried to explain that her vision was the Holy Spirit descending on Mr. Peabody; but she would not be swayed by such a pat answer to the vision that she saw. Her spiritual connection to things unseen defied explanation. Morgan’s granddaughter denied the truth of the “authorities” in the field of spiritual revelation, knowing that her truth was just as valid.
“The recognized “authorities” do not necessarily and often do not represent the beliefs of many people in the given period. They more likely represent the dominant, or elite, culture” (Kelly). Morgan Morgan was not a part of the elite culture. He did not live by the “universal” or “absolute” truths that others around him thrived on. He always saw the world a little differently. He saw the world in terms of possibilities. Morgan