A Postmodern Reader / Edition 1by Joseph P. Natoli
These readings are organized into four sections. The first explores the wellsprings of the debates in the relationship between the postmodern and the enterprise it both continues and contravenes: modernism. Here philosophers, social and political commentators, as well as cultural and literary analysts present controversial background essays on the complex history of… See more details below
These readings are organized into four sections. The first explores the wellsprings of the debates in the relationship between the postmodern and the enterprise it both continues and contravenes: modernism. Here philosophers, social and political commentators, as well as cultural and literary analysts present controversial background essays on the complex history of postmodernism. The readings in the second section debate the possibility - or desirability - of trying to define the postmodern, given its cultural agenda of decentering, challenging, even undermining the guiding "master" narratives of postmodernism's Western culture. The readings in the third section explore postmodernism's complicated complicity with these very narratives, while the fourth section moves from theory to practice in order to investigate, in a variety of fields, the common denominators of the postmodern condition in action.
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Table of ContentsIntroduction: Reading A Postmodern Reader
"Postmodernity, or Living with Ambivalence."
"The Postmodern Weltanschauung and its Relation to Modernism: an Introductory Survey."
Excerpts from The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge.
"Modernity versus Postmodernity."
"Mapping the Postmodern."
"Modernism versus Postmodernism: Towards an Analytic Distinction."
David J. Herman
II. Representing the Postmodern
Excerpts from Postmodernism and its Critics.
"Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences."
"Beginning to Theorize Postmodernism."
"Toward a Concept of Postmodernism."
"The Context of the Concept."
III. Entanglements and Complicities
Excerpts from Postmodernism, Or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism.
Excerpts from The History of Sexuality: Volume I: An Introduction.
"The Precession of Simulacra."
"The Resolution of Revolutions."
"Black Culture and Postmodernism."
"From Here to Modernity: Feminism and Postmodernism."
Excerpts from Thinking Fragments.
"Modernism's Last Post."
IV. Postmodern Practices
"Postmodernism as Border Pedagogy: Redefining the Boundaries of Race and Ethnicity."
"Existentialism, Alienation, Postmodernism: Cultural Movements as Vehicles of Change in the Patterns of Everyday Life."
Excerpts from Dissident Postmodernists.
"Hybridity, the Rap Race, and Pedagogy for the 1990s."
Houston A. Baker, Jr.
"Towards Cultural History."
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