A Postmodern Reader

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SUNY Press, Jun 29, 1993 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 584 pages
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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 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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Contents

MODERNPOSTMODERN
1
Ambivalence
9
an Introductory Survey
25
A Report on Knowledge
71
Towards an Analytic Distinction
157
REPRESENTING THE POSTMODERN
193
its Critics
203
Discourse of the Human Sciences
223
Or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism
312
Volume I An Introduction
333
and Postmodernism
398
POSTMODERN PRACTICES
441
Redefining the Boundaries of Race and Ethnicity
452
Cultural Movements as Vehicles
497
and Pedagogy for the 1990s
538
Index
569

Postmodernism
243
ENTANGLEMENTS AND COMPLICITIES
299

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Joseph Natoli teaches postmodernism at the Center for Integrated Studies/Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University. He is the editor of Tracing Literary Theory, Literary Theory's Future(s), and Psychological Perspectives on Literature: Dissident Freudian and Non-Freudian; author of Mots D'Ordre: Disorder in Literary Worlds also published by SUNY Press, and Twentieth Century Blake Criticism: Northrop Frye to the Present, and co-author of Psychocriticism.

Linda Hutcheon is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. She is the author of A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, and Fiction; The Politics of Postmodernism; and The Canadian Postmodern.

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