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A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction

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Similarly Michael Asher sandblasted a wall of the Toselli Gallery in Milan in 1973 to reveal the plaster beneath. The conservatism of the late 1970s and 1980s may have their impact when the thinkers and artists being formed now begin to produce their work (cf. Constructing postmodernism with incredulity to metanarrative: a comparative perspective on McHale’s and Hutcheon’s postmodern poetics.

The dismissal of the aesthetic as a living part of language has turned the academic enterprise of biblical studies and theology into a language more at home with lawyers than poets. There is a long history of many such skeptical sieges to positivism and humanism, and today’s footsoldiers of theory—Foucault, Derrida, Habermas, Vattimo, Baudrillard—follow in the footsteps of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Marx, and Freud, to name but a few, in their attempts to challenge the empiricist, rationalist, humanist assumptions of our cultural systems, including those of science (Graham, 1982, 148; Toulmin 1972). It analyses the experiments in Auden's writings for their engagement with crucial contemporary problems: that of the individual in relation to others, loved ones, community, society, but also transcendental truths.g. Barth 1980) wants to be sure to include what Severo Sarduy (1974) has labelled—not postmodern—but “neo-baroque” in a Spanish culture where “modernism” has a rather different meaning.

Although Wang Ning observes that “postmodern ideas and ways of thinking have permeated almost all the aspects of contemporary culture and are still influential in many humanities fields” (Wang 2013, p. Originally developed by Stanley Hopper and David Leroy Miller in the 1960s and furthered significantly by Amos Wilder with his 1976 text, Theopoetic: Theology and the Religious Imagination. For Lyotard, postmodernism is characterized by exactly this kind of incredulity toward master or metanarratives: those who lament the “loss of meaning” in the world or in art are really mourning the fact that knowledge is no longer primarily narrative knowledge of this kind (1984a, 26).A Poetics of Postmodernism is essential reading for anyone interested in current studies of literature, art and "entertainment". In Brazil, however, the famous shot of the baby carriage on the steps is replaced by one of a floor cleaner, and the result is to reduce epic tragedy to the bathos of the mechanical and debased.

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