Postmodernism: A Reader / Edition 1

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The arguments over postmodernism are among the most important intellectual debates of our time. Going beyond the poststructuralist controversy in its interdisciplinary scope, postmodernism questions the fundamental civil, political, ethical, and cultural criteria that make criticism and theory available, necessary, legitimate, or, indeed, even possible. But given that the key texts are widely scattered, the broad range of arguments remains relatively unknown.

Postmodernism: A Reader gathers in one volume a comprehensive selection of articles, essays, and statements by leading figures -- among them Lyotard, Habemas, Jameson, Baudrillard, Eco, and Rorty -- writing across the divergent terrains on which the struggles over postmodernism are taking place: in the fields of philosophy and politics, in the artistic and cultural avant-garde, architecture and urbanicity, feminism and ecology, and in the Third world. The material assembled here enables a serious and rigorous consideration of the question "Are we at -- and should we endore -- the end of modernity?"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231082211
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 2/16/1993
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 257
  • Sales rank: 1,324,650
  • Product dimensions: 6.61 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Doherty is professor of english at Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of Reading (Absent) Character; John Donne Undone; On Modern Authority; and After Theory: Postmodernism/Postmarxism.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Founding Propositions 1. Answering the Question: What is postmodernism?, by Jean-François Lyotard2. Note on the Meaning of 'Post-', by Jean-François Lyotard3. The Entry into Postmodernity: Nietzsche as a turning point, by Jürgen Habermas4. Postmodernism, by or The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, Fredric JamesonPart Two: Modernity Compete and Incomplete 5. Modernity - An Incomplete Project, by Jürgen Habermas6. The Structure of Artistic Revolutions, by Gianni Vattimo7. The Last Days of Liberalism, by David Cook8. The Fall of the Legislator, by Zygmunt BaumanPart Three: Aesthetic and Cultural Practices 9. Toward a Concept of Postmodernism, by Ihab Hassan10. Introduction to Terpsichore in Sneakers, by Sally Banes11. The Photographic Activity of Postmodernism, by Douglas Crimp12. Postmodernism in the Visual Arts: A question of ends, by Paul Crowther13. The Evil Demon of Images and the Precession of Simulacra, by Jean Baudrillard14. The City of Robots, by Umberto Eco15. Against Intellectual Complexity in Music, by Michael NymanPart Four: Crisis in the Avant-Garde 16. The Search for Tradition: Avant-garde and postmodernism in the 1970s, by Andreas Huyssen17. The Negation of the Autonomy of Art by the Avant-Garde, by Peter Bürger18. The Sublime and the Avant-Garde, by Jean-François Lyotard19. The International Trans-Avant-Garde, by Achille Bonito OlivaPart Five: Architecture and Urbanicity 20. Toward a Critical Regionalism: Six points for an architecture of resistance, by Kenneth Frampton21. The Emergent Rules, by Charles Jencks22. The Duck and the Decorated Shed, by Robert Venturi23. Postmodern, by Paolo PortoghesiPart Six: Politics 24. Postmodernist Bourgeois Liberalism, by Richard Rorty25. Politics and the Limits of Modernity, by Ernest Laclau26. The Condition of Post-Marxist Man, by André Gorz27. Toward a Principle of Evil, by Jean BaudrillardPart Seven: Feminism 28. Feminism, by Reading, Postmodernism, Meaghan Morris29. Feminism and Postmodernism, by Sabina Lovibond30. Social Criticsim without Philosophy: An encounter between feminism and postmodernism, by Nancy Fraser and Linda Nicholson31. The Demise of Experience: Fiction as stranger than truth?, by Alice JardinePart Eight: Periphery and Postmodernism 32. Postmodernism or Post-colonialism Today, by Simon During33. Postmodernism and Periphery, by Nelly Richard34. Rereading Mandarin Ducks and Butterflies: A response to the 'postmodern' condition, by Rey Chow

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