ABSTRACT

First published in 1988. Postmodernism" is a word much used and misused in a variety of disciplines, including literature, visual arts, film, architecture, literary theory, history, and philosophy. A Poetics of Postmodernism is neither a defense nor a denunciation of the postmodern. It continues the project of Hutcheon's Narcissistic Narrative and A Theory of Parody in studying formal self-consciousness in art, but adds to this both a historical and ideological dimension. Modelled on postmodern architecture, postmodernism is the name given here to current cultural practices characterized by major paradoxes of form and of ideology. The "poetics" of postmodernism offered here is drawn from these contradictions, as seen in the intersecting concerns of both contemporary theory and cultural practice.

part |2 pages

PART II

chapter 9|17 pages

THE PROBLEM OF REFERENCE

chapter 10|20 pages

SUBJECT IN/OF/TO HISTORY AND HIS STORY

chapter 12|21 pages

POLITICAL DOUBLE-TALK

chapter 13|10 pages

CONCLUSION: A POETICS OR A PROBLEMATICS?