The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism

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Offering a comprehensive introduction to postmodernism, this Companion features examinations of the different aspects of postmodernist thought and culture that have had a significant effect on contemporary critical thought. Topics discussed by experts in the field include postmodernism's relation to modernity, and its significance and relevance to literature, film, law, philosophy, and modern cultural studies. Additional material includes a guide to further reading and a chronology.


Introduction Steven Connor; 1. Postmodernism and philosophy Paul Sheehan; 2. Postmodernism and film Catherine Constable; 3. Postmodernism and literature Steven Connor; 4. Postmodernism and art Stephen Melville; 5. Postmodernism and performance Philip Auslander; 6. Postmodernism and space Julian Murphet; 7. Science, technology and postmodernism Ursula K. Heise; 8. Postmodernism and post-religion Philippa Berry; 9. Postmodernism and ethics Robert Eaglestone; 10. Law and justice in postmodernity Costas Douzinas; Further reading; Index.


'... the powerful sense that postmodernism is in its gloaming and to the opposite sense that it is only now reaching ... the kind of satuaration of which it has always seemed capable ... This contradiction, indeed, is the explicit concern of Steven Connor's excellent Introduction to the Cambridge Companion, which serves as a frame for the range of activity produced in postmodernism studies across the year ... It is central to the spirit of postmodern thinking, however, that such an apprehension of endedness should coincide with a sense of persistence, a sense of renewal ... The essays that are included in the Cambridge Companion ... can be positioned in relation to these ... strands in which postmodernism is variously and simultaneously in its death throes, in its prime, and in the process of being newly born ... In the Cambridge Companion, the first group might be best exemplified by Connor's own contribution, entitled 'Postmodernism and Literature' ... In Connor's account, Samuel Beckett emerges as a central figure, a kind of pivot ... the organizing of writers ... around a faultline marked by Beckett's work is an exciting and promising prospect ... The second group of essays and books ... includes material that suggests that postmodern thought is not in its fully expanded phase, but is rather entering into a new period ... This new kind of resonance is produced largely by the tendency of postmodern theory to migrate from one intellectual and disciplinary location to another ... So in the Cambridge Companion ... we have essays such as 'Science, Technology, and Postmodernism' (Ursula K. Heise), 'Postmodernism and Post-Religion' (Philippa Berry), 'Postmodernism and Ethics against the Metaphysics of Comprehension' (Robert Eaglestone) and 'Law and Justice in Postmodernity' (Costas Douzinas) ... the entry of postmodern thought into precisely those areas that seemed, in the earlier phases of its development, to be its natural enemies ... But the essays on science, religion, ethics and the law in the Cambr
EAN: 9780521640527
ISBN: 0521640520
Untertitel: 'Cambridge Companions to Litera'. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2005
Seitenanzahl: 256 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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