A Postmodern Reader / Edition 1

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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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A "partial, provisional, strategic, contingent, contestable, and temporary postmodern sampler" (from the Introduction) that brings together many (often conflicting) points of view on what the postmodern is and how it operates. The readings include both accessible texts that have provoked lively discussion and also those essays that are most frequently cited in the literature. The authors include the biggest wheels in the field, among them Zygmont Bauman, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Jurgen Habermas, Andreas Huyssen, John McGowan, Jacques Derrida, Fredric Jameson, Michel Foucault, Jean Baudrillard, Thomas Kuhn, Cornel West, Henry Giroux, Agnes Heller. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791416389
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Reading A Postmodern Reader

I. Modern/Postmodern


"Postmodernity, or Living with Ambivalence."

Zygmunt Ban

"The Postmodern Weltanschauung and its Relation to Modernism: an Introductory Survey."

Hans Bertens

Excerpts from The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge.

Jean-François Lyotard

"Modernity versus Postmodernity."

Jürgen Habermas

"Mapping the Postmodern."

Andreas Huyssen

"Modernism versus Postmodernism: Towards an Analytic Distinction."

David J. Herman

II. Representing the Postmodern


Excerpts from Postmodernism and its Critics.
John McGowan

"Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences."

Jacques Derrida

"Beginning to Theorize Postmodernism."

Linda Hutcheon

"Toward a Concept of Postmodernism."

Ihab Hassan

"The Context of the Concept."

Charles Russell

III. Entanglements and Complicities


Excerpts from Postmodernism, Or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism.
Fredric Jameson

Excerpts from The History of Sexuality: Volume I: An Introduction.
Michel Foucault

"The Precession of Simulacra."

Jean Baudrillard

"The Resolution of Revolutions."

Thomas Kuhn

"Black Culture and Postmodernism."

Cornel West

"From Here to Modernity: Feminism and Postmodernism."

Barbara Creed

Excerpts from Thinking Fragments.

Jane Flax

"Modernism's Last Post."

Stephen Slemon

IV. Postmodern Practices


"Postmodernism as Border Pedagogy: Redefining the Boundaries of Race and Ethnicity."

Henry Giroux

"Existentialism, Alienation, Postmodernism: Cultural Movements as Vehicles of Change in the Patterns of Everyday Life."

Agnes Heller

"Postmodern Blackness."

bell hooks

Excerpts from Dissident Postmodernists.

Paul Maltby

"Hybridity, the Rap Race, and Pedagogy for the 1990s."

Houston A. Baker, Jr.

"Towards Cultural History."

Catherine Belsey


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