Postmodern Debates

Postmodern Debates

The words 'postmodernism' and 'postmodernity' have become pervasive throughout the humanities, but their meanings frequently seem difficult to pin down. Les mer
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Postmodern Debates

The words 'postmodernism' and 'postmodernity' have become pervasive throughout the humanities, but their meanings frequently seem difficult to pin down. Anyone with an interest in contemporary culture is likely, sooner or later, to face a wide range of questions, such as: what is the postmodern? How does it relate to the world today? Have we entered a new age in which the problems facing modernity are no longer relevant, or does modernity mark a new way of thinking about those same issues? How does cultural postmodernism shape our experiences of contemporary society? These are just some of the questions that are explored in this book.Postmodern Debates introduces modernity, postmodernism and postmodernity through a series of debates between prominent thinkers in literary theory, philosophy and cultural studies. The book explores this topic through thinkers who are at odds and encourages readers to consider the wide implications of postmodern thought in several areas.

Acknowledgements.- Notes on Contributors.- Introduction .- What is the Postmodern?.- A Postmodern Fable; J-F.Lyotard.- Postmodernism and Consumer Society; F.Jameson.- Modernity: an Unfinished Project; J.Habermas.- Answering the Question: What is Postmodernism; J.Lyotard.- Representation and Reality.- The Gulf War: Is it Really Taking Place?; J.Baudrillard.- Deconstruction and Actuality; J.Derrida.- Marxism, Ideology and the Postmodern.- Ideology, Discourse and the Problems of 'Post-Marxism'; T.Eagleton.- We Anti-Representationalists; R.Rorty.- Postmodernism, Identity, Gender.- Postmodernism and Feminisms; L.Hutcheon.- Gender Trouble: From Parody to Politics; J.Butler.- Crises in Legitimation: Crossing the Great Voids; A.Jardine.- The Postcolonial and the Postmodern.- Postmodern Blackness; B.Hooks.- Locations of Culture: The Postcolonial and the Postmodern; H.Bhabha.- The Politics of Postmodernity.- Politics and the Limits of Modernity; E.Laclau.- Summaries and Notes.- Glossary of Terms.- Index.

'An extremely useful and useable collection of readings which includes everything necessary for a survey of postmodern philosophical positions.' - Stefan Herbrechter, Trinity and All Saints University College, UK

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