Postmodernist Culture: An Introduction to Theories of the Contemporary
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In this completely revised and considerably expanded new edition, Steven Connor considers the recent work of the most influential postmodern theorists, including Lyotard and Jameson, and offers accounts both of the work of newly emerging theorists and new areas of postmodernist culture which have developed over the last decade, especially in law, music, dance, spatial theory, ethnography, ecology, and the new technologies.
action', an ethical scheme based upon the principles of reason, justice and democracy, but without running the risk of alienating or silencing seemingly aberrant minority voices within false or oppressive forms of consensus. Hence the focus of Habermas's philosophy upon free, undistorted communication as the ground of justice. Habermas differs from Rorty in seeking to discover grounds or guarantees for the multiplicity of competing interests in any one situation, rather than simply trusting in
human beings felt they lived and the forms used to render that sensation. 1 It is on these grounds that the modernist period is often credited with the discovery or rediscovery of those real intensities of experience which had for so long been concealed or distorted by false structures of understanding. But isn't it just as likely that this rediscovery of 'experience' was the result of a reorganization of categories
are no necessary consequences of any theory, so there are no politics in particular that follow automatically from the recognition, itself strongly urged by Fish, that everything is political. In refusing to allow a 'postmodern' condition to be wrenched into a 'postmodern' programme, Fish is in one sense arguing against the desire for
Preface to the Second Edition x Acknowledgements Part I Context 1 Postmodernism and the Academy Part II Posterities 2 Postmodernities: Postmodern Social and Legal Theory Fredric Jameson 43 Jean Baudrillard 51 Postmodern Law 61 74 Architecture 75 Art 87 4 Postmodernism and Literature 104 111 Unmaking and Irony 116 Beyond Spatialism 123 Ontology and Metafiction 129 Possible Worlds: Science Fiction and Cyberpunk 134 5 Postmodern Performance 23 23 Photography
seek to understand the complex relationships between the terms of the binary opposition. A representative voice in this debate is Stephen Melville, who has mounted an important critique of Michael Fried's absorption/theatricality model. Melville argues that Fried is right to draw attention to the growing fear among artists and art theorists since the time of Diderot that art is threatened by the forces of theatricality,