Archaeologies of the Future

The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions
Author: Fredric Jameson
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 9781844670338
Category: Philosophy
Page: 431
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In an age of globalization characterized by the dizzying technologies of the First World, and the social disintegration of the Third, is the concept of utopia still meaningful? Archaeologies of the Future, Jameson's most substantial work since Postmodernism, Or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, investigates the development of this form since Thomas More, and interrogates the functions of utopian thinking in a post-Communist age. The relationship between utopia and science fiction is explored through the representations of othernessalien life and alien worldsand a study of the works of Philip K. Dick, Ursula LeGuin, William Gibson, Brian Aldiss, Kim Stanley Robinson and more. Jameson's essential essays, including "The Desire Called Utopia," conclude with an examination of the opposing positions on utopia and an assessment of its political value today.Archaeologies of the Future is the third volume, after Postmodernism and A Singular Modernity, of Jameson's project on the Poetics of Social Forms.

Methodology of the Oppressed

Author: Chela Sandoval
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 1452904065
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 264
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In a work with far-reaching implications, Chela Sandoval does no less than revise the genealogy of theory over the past thirty years, inserting what she terms "U.S. Third World feminism" into the narrative in a way that thoroughly alters our perspective on contemporary culture and subjectivity. What Sandoval has identified is a language, a rhetoric of resistance to postmodern cultural conditions. U.S. liberation movements of the post-World War II era generated specific modes of oppositional consciousness. Out of these emerged a new activity of consciousness and language Sandoval calls the "methodology of the oppressed." This methodology—born of the strains of the cultural and identity struggles that currently mark global exchange—holds out the possibility of a new historical moment, a new citizen-subject, and a new form of alliance consciousness and politics. Utilizing semiotics and U.S. Third World feminist criticism, Sandoval demonstrates how this methodology mobilizes love as a category of critical analysis. Rendering this approach in all its specifics, Methodology of the Oppressed gives rise to an alternative mode of criticism opening new perspectives on any theoretical, literary, aesthetic, social movement, or psychic expression.

Performance Studies

An Introduction
Author: Richard Schechner
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135652597
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 362
View: 1957

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In this second edition, the author opens with a discussion of important developments in the discipline. His closing chapter, 'Global and Intercultural Performance', is completely rewritten in light of the post-9/11 world. Fully revised chapters with new examples, biographies and source material provide a lively, easily accessible overview of the full range of performance for undergraduates at all levels in performance studies, theatre, performing arts and cultural studies. Among the topics discussed are the performing arts and popular entertainments, rituals, play and games as well as the performances of everyday life. Supporting examples and ideas are drawn from the social sciences, performing arts, post-structuralism, ritual theory, ethology, philosophy and aesthetics. User-friendly, with a special text design, Performance Studies: An Introduction also includes the following features: numerous extracts from primary sources giving alternative voices and viewpoints biographies of key thinkers student activities to stimulate fieldwork, classroom exercises and discussion key reading lists for each chapter twenty line drawings and 202 photographs drawn from private and public collections around the world.

The Portable Postmodernist

Author: Arthur Asa Berger
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
ISBN: 9780759103146
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 119
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In The Portable Postmodernist, Arthur Asa Berger introduces key concepts written by postmodernism's leading theorists including Lyotard, Baudrillard, and Jameson. This collage of influential writing is followed by Berger's concise, accessible comments. Written for the newcomer, Berger's lucid explanations define the postmodernism's most elusive ideas. Organized in fifty segments, the book runs the gamut from postmodern architecture to feminism to punk music. Berger weaves these diverse topics together, exploring and challenging postmodernism's role in popular culture. This highly-readable book is essential reading for students and anyone interested in media, social, and cultural studies. Visit our website for sample chapters!

A Poetics of Postmodernism

History, Theory, Fiction
Author: Linda Hutcheon
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134986262
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 288
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First published in 1988. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Liquid Metal

The Science Fiction Film Reader
Author: Sean Redmond
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231501846
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 360
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Liquid Metal brings together 'seminal' essays that have opened up the study of science fiction to serious critical interrogation. Eight distinct sections cover such topics as the cyborg in science fiction; the science fiction city; time travel and the primal scene; science fiction fandom; and the 1950s invasion narratives. Important writings by Susan Sontag, Vivian Sobchack, Steve Neale, J.P. Telotte, Peter Biskind and Constance Penley are included.

Productive Postmodernism

Consuming Histories and Cultural Studies
Author: John N. Duvall
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791451946
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
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Investigates a broad range of contemporary fiction, film, and architecture to address the role of history in postmodern cultural productions.

Textual Practice

Volume 7
Author: Terence Hawkes
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113486342X
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 224
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First published in 1993. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Gamefulness of American Postmodernism

John Barth & Louise Erdrich
Author: Steven D. Scott
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9780820438948
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 176
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This book examines the twin problems of play and game in American literary postmodernism. There have been many studies of the function of play in postmodernism, but very few have discussed the role of game without conflating play and game. This study claims that play is an important consideration in any discussion of the postmodern (as it is in any discussion of literature), but game is also useful because of its structuring influence. Game provides limits, boundaries, and borders to play, thereby both limiting and, paradoxically, enabling meaningful play. This study does not claim that literature is a game in the strong sense, it chooses instead to concentrate on the gamelike shape - the -gamefulness- - that literary postmodernism assumes. After theoretical chapters that discuss postmodernism, play, and game, this study moves to critical discussions of the work of two prominent contemporary American authors, John Barth and Louise Erdrich."

Das Bild der Stadt

Author: Kevin Lynch
Publisher: Birkhäuser
ISBN: 3035602166
Category: Architecture
Page: 215
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Wie orientieren wir uns in einer Stadt? Woher rühren unsere ganz fest umrissenen visuellen Vorstellungen? Um diese Fragen beantworten zu können, studierte Kevin Lynch die Erfahrungen von Menschen und zeigt damit, wie man das Bild der Stadt wieder lebendiger und einprägsamer machen könnte.


A Journal of Politics and Culture
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Capitalism
Page: N.A
View: 6695

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Poetik der Metadiskursivität

Zum postmodernen Prosa-, Film- und Dramenwerk von Vladimir Sorokin
Author: Dagmar Burkhart
Publisher: Sagner
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 243
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Contemporary Literary Criticism

Author: Jeffery Hunter
Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9780787646318
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 480
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Covers authors who are currently active or who died after December 31, 1959. Profiles novelists, poets, playwrights and other creative and nonfiction writers by providing criticism taken from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers and scholarly journals.

Der Überdruss

Author: 莫言,Martina Hasse
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783895022722
Category: China
Page: 812
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New Essays on the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory

Author: Alfred J. Drake
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Category: Philosophy
Page: 315
View: 8894

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New Essays on the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory offers fifteen essays covering a variety of authors and topics related to the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory (Institut fr Sozialforschung) that flourished from the 1920s in connection with the University of Frankfurt in Germany and then abroad. The volume offers reflections on the Frankfurt Schools critical dialogue with philosophical predecessors such as Marx and Nietzsche, elucidates key debates between Frankfurt School authors and contemporaries, and addresses the continuing significance of the Frankfurt School in the postmodern age, with reference to major thinkers such as Fredric Jameson, Antonio Negri, Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Lacan. Readers will find a lively but respectful debate on the strengths and limitations of Frankfurt notions about technology, negative dialectics, the Shoah, and the utopian dimension of political thought, among other concerns. The aim of contributors throughout has been to broaden readers understanding of the sophistication and integrity of Frankfurt School thought rather than reducing it to the level of the formulaic or polemical. Music theory, the representation of urban spaces in prose and image, and the theorization of childhood find a place in this appropriately diverse collection, with essays on Lewis Mumford and Siegfried Kracauer broadening its scope.

New York 2140

Author: Kim Stanley Robinson
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641216583
Category: Fiction
Page: 816
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New York, einhundert Jahre später. Der Meeresspiegel ist angestiegen, und die Straßen des Big Apple haben sich in Kanäle verwandelt und aus den einstigen Wolkenkratzern sind hoch aufragende Inseln geworden. Aber noch hat New York sich nicht aufgegeben. In einem Haus treffen so unterschiedliche wie ergreifende Schicksale aufeinander – Schicksale, die von der Zukunft nach dem Ökokollaps erzählen. Da ist zum Beispiel ein nimmermüder Detektiv, und da ist das Internet-Sternchen. Auf dem Dach leben die Coder. Ihr Verschwinden setzt schließlich eine Kette von Ereignissen in Gang, die das Leben aller New Yorker für immer beeinflussen werden.