The Quantum Theory of Observation in Modern Literary Theory and Literature: An Analysis of Pre-/Post-words Language in Creative Literary Works

By Ali Khodamoradi.

Published by The International Journal of Literary Humanities

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A unique philosophic meaning of the Quantum Theory, as a certain approach in literary criticism, could be applied on texts, and it could lead to a significant exploration of meaning. Being a theory describing the nature of the smallest sub-atomic particles in physics, quantum theory shows that the observation of such particles is impossible. According to Heisenberg’s the “Uncertainty Principle” (1927), having the same essence the microscopic rays of light push the particles back rather than being reflected properly by them, after reaching such particles. So the more the light is directed accurately down on particles, the more they are pushed back and the more they will the act of observation stays relative. Thus the in-going light observer and the absorbed particles (which could be called the observed) become indistinguishable, being both made of what we have been told to call quantum. When the analogy is taken into literature the same quantum discourse starts to operate, and the reader/observer blends with the text/observed, once reading/observation has gone deep down into a world of architecture within and beyond words.

Keywords: Quantum Theory, Uncertainty Principle, Superstructures, Real Order, Simulacrum Palimpsests, Transtextuality

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 13, Issue 3, September 2015, pp.65-74. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: August 7, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 463.022KB)).

Ali Khodamoradi

Faculty Member, Lecturer, Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Humanities, Iran Azad University, Parand Branch, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic of)