Beyond Postmodernism: Reassessments in Literature, Theory, and Culture

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Klaus Stierstorfer
Walter de Gruyter, Jan 1, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 331 pages
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After the veritable hype concerning postmodernism in the 1980s and early 1990s, when questions about when it began, what it means and which texts it comprises were apt to trigger heated discussions, the excitement has notably cooled down at the turn of the century. Voices are now beginning to be heard which seem to suggest a new episteme in the making which points beyond postmodernism, while it remains at the same time very uncertain whether what appears as newness is not rather a return to traditional concepts, theoretical premises, and authorial practices. Contributors to this volume propose to explore new openings and recent developments in anglophone literatures and cultural theories which engage with issues seen to be central in the construction of a postmodern paradigm, but deal with them in ways that promise new openings or a new Zeitgeist.

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Contents

Introduction
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ZlMA Why the Postmodern Age Will Last
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Philip Tew A New Sense of Reality? A New Sense of the Text?
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Klaus Stierstorfer is Professor for English Literature at the University of Dusseldorf.

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