Postmodernism: A Reader

Overview

Postmodernism provides a collection of the incessantly cited but nevertheless still widely-scattered critical texts on postmodernism and literary theory. It includes all the "classics" as well as some less obvious, though no less stimulating, choices. An introduction and commentary by Pat Waugh provides essential information and offers a context within which to view the chosen texts.
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Overview

Postmodernism provides a collection of the incessantly cited but nevertheless still widely-scattered critical texts on postmodernism and literary theory. It includes all the "classics" as well as some less obvious, though no less stimulating, choices. An introduction and commentary by Pat Waugh provides essential information and offers a context within which to view the chosen texts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340573815
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: A Hodder Arnold Publication
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Sect. 1 Modernism and Postmodernism
1 'Modernism and Postmodernism' 11
2 'Modernism and the Aesthetics of Crisis' 14
Sect. 2 Postmodernism and Literary History
Introduction 22
3 'Mass Society and Postmodern Fiction' 24
4 'Cross the Border - Close the Gap' 31
5 'Against Interpretation' 48
6 From A Sense of an Ending 56
7 From Paracriticisms 60
8 'The Detective and the Boundary: Some Notes on the Postmodern Literary Imagination' 78
Sect. 3 The Critique of Enlightened Modernity: Philosophical Precursors
Introduction 87
9 'An Answer to the Question: What is Enlightenment?' 89
10 'What is Enlightenment?' 96
11 From Twilight of the Idols/The Antichrist 108
Sect. 4 Postmodern Theory: The Current Debate
Introduction 113
12 'Answering the Question: What is Postmodernism?' 117
13 'Periodising the Sixties' 125
14 'Capitalism, Modernism and Postmodernism' 152
15 'Modernity - An Incomplete Project' 160
16 From Contingency, Irony and Solidarity 170
17 From Simulations 186
18 'Modernism, Postmodernism, Feminism: Gender and Autonomy Theory' 189
Sect. 5 Reading Postmodern Artefacts
Introduction 205
19 From A Poetics of Postmodernism 206
20 From Postmodernist Fiction 211
Bibliography 219
Index 225
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