Practicing Postmodernism/Reading Modernism

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Instead of accepting postmodernism on its own terms as a radical break with previous Western modes of knowledge and representation, it is more fruitful, Patricia Waugh argues, to view it as a late phase in a tradition of aestheticist thought inaugurated by philosophers such as Kant and embodied in Romantic and modernist art.
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Overview


Instead of accepting postmodernism on its own terms as a radical break with previous Western modes of knowledge and representation, it is more fruitful, Patricia Waugh argues, to view it as a late phase in a tradition of aestheticist thought inaugurated by philosophers such as Kant and embodied in Romantic and modernist art.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340550502
  • Publisher: Hodder Education Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Series: Interrogating Texts Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
A Note on Organization
Pt. 1 Reading Postmodernism: Modernity and its Discontents 1
1 Introducing Postmodernism: The Romance of the Aesthetic and Post-Romantic Aesthetics 3
Apocalyse Now
From Autonomy to Aestheticism: Tradition and Innovation
Romanticism to Postmodernism: Radical Fictionality and Being There
2 The Poetics of the Sublime: Presenting the Unpresentable 25
New Contexts for Lyotard's Postmodernism
Enlightenment: Exhausted or Incomplete?
Terror and the Sublime: The Art of the Unpresentable
The Concept Versus the Luminous Detail: Against Totality
3 Periodising the Postmodern: Ism as Fiery Particle 37
Introduction: Constructing the Dominant
The Cultural Logic of Jameson's Postmodernism
4 Postmodernism as Aesthetic Technique: A View from Theory 49
The Question of Value: Salman Rushdie's Shame
Representation and Postmodern Anti-Foundationalism
History and Subjectivity in the Aesthetic Mode of the Postmodern: Reading Alice Walker's The Color Purple
Raising the Dead: Bringing back The Author
5 The Violence of Being Modern: Postmodernism as Critique of Enlightenment 66
Introduction: Kant and Enlightenment
Is Deconstruction a Postmodernism?
Modernity and the Critique of Instrumental Reason
Postmodernity in Modernity: Wasteland
The Fictional Critique of Enlightenment: Reading Doris Lessing's Memoirs of a Survivor
Pt. 2 Postmodernism Reading Modernism: Challenging Autonomy 87
6 Modernism and Enlightenment: Reading Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness 89
7 Reconstructing Modernism: Life as Art 99
Aesthetic Autonomy: From Kant to New Criticism
The Core of Darkness: Autonomy Theory and Virginia Woolf
Life as Art: Postmodernism reading To the Lighthouse
8 Modernism, Postmodernism, Gender: The View From Feminism 119
Founding Assumptions: Feminism and Postmodernism
Alternative Histories
Rethinking Subjectivity and Aesthetics: Alternative Feminist Positions
Psychoanalysis, Gender and Aesthetics
9 From Impersonality to Situatedness: Reading T. S. Eliot on Tradition 138
10 Ethics and the Postmodernity of Parody: Reading James Joyce's Ulysses 148
Select Bibliography 165
Index 174
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