Postmodernism: A Reader

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Thomas Docherty
Columbia University Press, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 528 pages
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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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probably sufficient for undergraduates who want more than a taste of this school of thought, including both pomo-gone-wild and more responsible variants. includes the usual roll call of areas of inquiry: art, literature, architecture, and so on. Read full review

Contents

Nancy Fraser and Linda Nicholson Social Criticism without
30
Introduction
35
JeanFrancois Lyotard Note on the Meaning of Post
47
Fredric Jameson Postmodernism or The Cultural Logic of Late
62
Introduction
95
Gianni Vattimo The Structure of Artistic Revolutions
110
David Cook The Last Days of Liberalism
120
Zygmunt Bauman The Fall of the Legislator
128
project London 1986
286
Spring Harbour 19801 Photograph courtesy the architect
292
Robert Venturi The Duck and the Decorated Shed
295
Paolo Portoghesi Postmodern
308
Introduction
319
Ernesto Laclau Politics and the Limits of Modernity
329
Andre Gorz The Condition of PostMarxist Man
344
Jean Baudrillard Toward a Principle of Evil
355

Introduction
143
Sally Banes Introduction to Terpsichore in Sneakers
157
Douglas Crimp The Photographic Activity of Postmodernism
172
A question
180
Umberto Eco The City of Robots
200
Michael Nyman Against Intellectual Complexity in Music
206
Introduction
217
Peter Burger The Negation of the Autonomy of Art by
237
Achille Bonito Oliva The International TransAvantGarde
257
Introduction
265
Charles Jencks The Emergent Rules
281
Introduction
365
Sabina Lovibond Feminism and Postmodernism
390
An encounter between feminism and postmodernism
415
Fiction as stranger than
433
Introduction
445
Nelly Richard Postmodernism and Periphery
463
A response
471
Bibliography
491
Acknowledgements
512
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About the author (1993)

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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