Library Journal - Library JournalPerloff collects 11 essays by different authors treating postmodernism and the breakdown of genre. The overarching theme of the collection is that interpretation is largely a function of generic assumptions and that postmodernism transforms interpretation by undermining these assumptions. The essays explore a wide variety of works from the music of John Cage and Lorie Anderson to the photography of Cindy Sherman and the painting of Jonathan Borofsky. There are also thoughtful essays on opera, poetry, and historiography and fiction. While most of these essays offer insights, many suffer from the verbosity and smugness that plagues too much postmodern theory. See also David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity , reviewed above.--Ed.-- T.L. Cooksey, Armstrong State Coll., Savannah, Ga.
BooknewsTwelve essays assess the contemporary relevance of traditional concepts of genre as they discuss what used to be called poetry, music, painting, sculpture, photography, book design, and other forms. The artists considered include Gertrude Stein, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Anderson, Jonathan Borafsky, and John Cage. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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