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The Passing of Postmodernism
The Passing of Postmodernism (April 2010)
A Spectroanalysis of the Contemporary
Josh Toth - Author

Examines the increasingly prevalent assumption that postmodernism is over and that literature and film are once again engaging sincerely with issues of ethics and politics.

The Passing of Postmodernism addresses the increasingly prevalent assumption that a period marked by poststructuralism and metafiction has passed and that literature and film are once again engaging sincerely with issues of ethics and poli...(Read More)
 
 
This Is a Picture and Not the World
This Is a Picture and Not the World (February 2007)
Movies and a Post-9/11 America
Joseph Natoli - Author

Uses satirical parodies of screenplays and political blogs to reveal the cracks in our post-9/11 American psyche.

In This Is a Picture and Not the World, Joseph Natoli employs the lingua franca of film itself—screenplay dialogue—as well as the more recent form of the political blog to present a hyperreal account of popular film as both a creator and a reflector of our post-9/11 mass psyche. Drawin...(Read More)
 
 
Roll Over Adorno
Roll Over Adorno (April 2006)
Critical Theory, Popular Culture, Audiovisual Media
Robert Miklitsch - Author


Moves from Beethoven to Buffy to examine the blurred nexus of elite and popular culture in the twenty-first century.

What happens when Theodor Adorno, the champion of high, classical artists such as Beethoven, comes into contact with the music of Chuck Berry, the de facto king of rock ’n’ roll? In a series of readings and meditations, Robert Miklitsch inv...(Read More)

 
 
Kurt Vonnegut's Crusade; or, How a Postmodern Harlequin Preached a New Kind of Humanism
Kurt Vonnegut's Crusade; or, How a Postmodern Harlequin Preached a New Kind of Humanism (February 2006)
Todd F. Davis - Author


Explores the moral and philosophical underpinnings of Vonnegut’s work.

“I’ve worried some about why write books when presidents and senators and generals do not read them, and the university experience taught me a very good reason: you catch people before they become generals and senators and presidents, and you poison their minds with humanity. Encourage them to make a bette...(Read More)
 
 
Sites of Autopsy in Contemporary Culture
Sites of Autopsy in Contemporary Culture (April 2005)
Elizabeth Klaver - Author

Explores the role and function of the autopsy in Western culture, from Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lecture to The X-Files and CSI.

In this compelling interdisciplinary study, Elizabeth Klaver considers how autopsies are performed in a variety of contexts, from the "real" thing in hospitals and county morgues to various depictions in paintings, novels, plays, films, and television shows. Autops...(Read More)
 
 
TechnoLogics
TechnoLogics (December 2004)
Ghosts, the Incalculable, and the Suspension of Animation
Gray Kochhar-Lindgren - Author

Uses literature, philosophy, and psychoanalysis to explore the emerging logic of the posthuman.

Adding to the growing field of posthuman or cyborg studies, TechnoLogics explores how our position in the technologized world reorders, in the most radical ways imaginable, our basic experience of the lines governing literary, philosophical, and cultural production. The ancient dream of immortality is now becoming re...(Read More)
 
 
Post-Marxist Theory
Post-Marxist Theory (December 2004)
An Introduction
Philip Goldstein - Author

An introduction to the philosophical, economic, historical, feminist, and cultural versions of post-Marxist theory.

Poststructuralist Marxism, or post-Marxism, is a theoretical viewpoint that elaborates and revises the work of Louis Althusser and Michel Foucault. Unlike traditional Marxism, which emphasizes the priority of class struggle and the common humanity of oppressed groups, post-Marxism reveals the se...(Read More)

 
 
What We Want Is Free
What We Want Is Free (December 2004)
Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art
Ted Purves - Editor

Examines the way recent artists have incorporated concepts of generosity into their work.

Through a variety of lenses, this book examines contemporary artists' use of the "gift"—the distribution of goods and services—as a medium for artistic production. Featuring a detailed survey of over fifty artists' projects from fifteen countries, What We Want Is Free explores how these artists use their ...(Read More)
 
 
Musing the Mosaic
Musing the Mosaic (May 2003)
Approaches to Ronald Sukenick
Matthew Roberson - Editor

Examines Sukenick's role in reshaping the American literary tradition.

In Musing the Mosaic prominent critics of postmodern and contemporary fiction and culture discuss the fictional and theoretical works of Ronald Sukenick, one of the most important American writers to emerge from the late 1960s. Sukenick has been a prolific participant in reshaping the American literary tradition for two generations and playe...(Read More)
 
 
From Girl to Woman
From Girl to Woman (March 2003)
American Women's Coming-of-Age Narratives
Christy Rishoi - Author

Examines the crucial role that coming-of-age narratives have played in American feminism.

From Girl to Woman examines the coming-of-age narratives of a diverse group of American women writers, including Annie Dillard, Zora Neale Hurston, Maxine Hong Kingston, and Mary McCarthy, and explores the crucial role of such narratives in the development of American feminism. Women have long known that identity is comple...(Read More)
 
 
Memory's Orbit
Memory's Orbit (March 2003)
Film and Culture 1999-2000
Joseph Natoli - Author

Memoir meets cultural criticism in this examination of American popular culture at the end of the century.

Mixing memoir and cultural criticism, Memory's Orbit examines the intersections between a wide range of films and current events, finding its theme and orbiting narrative structure in the personal stories we live within and their relationship to the social and cultural order. Joseph Natoli covers such film...(Read More)
 
 
Performing Whiteness
Performing Whiteness (January 2003)
Postmodern Re/Constructions in the Cinema
Gwendolyn Audrey Foster - Author

Choice Outstanding Academic Title

Explores how whiteness is culturally constructed in American films.

Performing Whiteness
crosses the boundaries of film study to explore images of the white body in relation to recent theoretical perspectives on whiteness. Drawing on such diverse critical methodologies as postcolonial studies, feminist film criticism, anthropology, and phenomenology,...(Read More)
 
 
Feast and Folly
Feast and Folly (September 2002)
Cuisine, Intoxication, and the Poetics of the Sublime
Allen S. Weiss - Author

Treats French cuisine as a “fine art,” offering both historical background as well as a deep analysis of the social, political, and aesthetic aspects of cuisine and taste.

What would it mean to speak of cuisine as a “fine art”? Combining an analysis of French cuisine with cutting-edge postmodernist critique, Feast and Folly provides a fascinating history of French gastronomy an...(Read More)

 
 
After the Orgy
After the Orgy (July 2002)
Toward a Politics of Exhaustion
Dominic Pettman - Author

Explores the post-Enlightenment obsession with apocalyptic endings.

Applying Jean Baudrillard’s question 'What are you doing after the orgy?' to the postmillennial climate that informs our contemporary cultural moment, this book argues that the imagination of apocalyptic endings has been an obsessive theme in post-Enlightenment culture. Dominic Pettman identifies and examines the dynamic tensions of various apocalyp...(Read More)
 
 
The Visionary Moment
The Visionary Moment (April 2002)
A Postmodern Critique
Paul Maltby - Author

Explores and critiques the metaphysics and ideology of the visionary moment as a convention in twentieth-century American fiction, from the standpoint of postmodernism.

In The Visionary Moment, Paul Maltby draws on postmodern theory to examine the metaphysics and ideology of the visionary moment, or 'epiphany', in twentieth-century American fiction. Engaging critically with the works of Don DeLillo, Jack Kerouac...(Read More)
 
 
Mail-Orders
Mail-Orders (March 2002)
The Fiction of Letters in Postmodern Culture
Sunka Simon - Author

Explores contemporary uses of letters and letter writing—including electronic mail—in literature, film, and art.

While the advent and structure of electronic mail has been discussed in web caucuses, newspapers, hypertext theory, and communication theory, it has not yet been considered in conjunction with epistolary scenarios in film, art, and literature. To address this gap, Mail-Orders explores the ...(Read More)
 
 
Productive Postmodernism
Productive Postmodernism (December 2001)
Consuming Histories and Cultural Studies
John N. Duvall - Editor
Linda Hutcheon - Afterword

Investigates a broad range of contemporary fiction, film, and architecture to address the role of history in postmodern cultural productions.

Productive Postmodernism
addresses the differing accounts of postmodernism found in the work of Fredric Jameson and Linda Hutcheon, a debate that centers around the two theorists' senses of pastiche and parody. For Jameson, postmodern texts are ahistorical, playing with pa...(Read More)
 
 
Rewriting
Rewriting (September 2001)
Postmodern Narrative and Cultural Critique in the Age of Cloning
Christian Moraru - Author


Examines the tendency of post-World War II writers to rewrite earlier narratives by Poe, Melville, Hawthorne, and others.

Does the postmodern process of rewriting stories by earlier writers point to a crisis of originality in our cloning culture? In Rewriting, the first systematic examination of this tendency in late twentieth-century American fiction, Christian Moraru answers this question wit...(Read More)
 
 
Reading Simulacra
Reading Simulacra (September 2001)
Fatal Theories for Postmodernity
M. W. Smith - Author

Traces the ways in which our culture has increasingly become a culture of simulations, and offers strategies for discerning meaning in a world where the difference between what is real and what is simulated has collapsed.

Reading Simulacra analyzes the ways in which our culture has become fatally immersed in simulation. Television, the Internet, virtual reality, and other advancements in technology and information...(Read More)
 
 
Home
Home (August 2001)
A Novel
Hazard Adams - Author

A history professor experiences disturbing parallels between the furor over hiring decisions and an alleged case of sexual harassment on his own campus, and the harassment of an anarchist commune on south Puget Sound in 1902.

Fact meets fiction in Hazard Adams's latest novel. Using an actual turn-of-the-century anarchist commune on Washington's south Puget Sound as the backdrop, Adams tells the story of Edward Williams, a present-day h...(Read More)
 
 
Beautiful Chaos
Beautiful Chaos (November 2000)
Chaos Theory and Metachaotics in Recent American Fiction
Gordon E. Slethaug - Author

Explores the way chaos theory is incorporated in the work of such writers as Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon, John Barth, Don DeLillo, and Michael Crichton.

Beautiful Chaos is the first book to examine contemporary American fiction through the lens of chaos theory. The book focuses on recent works of fiction by John Barth, Michael Crichton, Don DeLillo, Michael Dorris, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, Thomas Pynchon, Carol Shields...(Read More)
 
 
Postmodern Journeys
Postmodern Journeys (November 2000)
Film and Culture 1996-1998
Joseph Natoli - Author

Part memoir, part cultural criticism, this fast-paced ride through the postmodern landscape of American popular culture explores how our responses to headline events and popular films help script the ways in which we imagine ourselves and the world around us.

In Postmodern Journeys, Joseph Natoli continues to chronicle how our responses to headline events and popular film help script the ways in which we imagine ...(Read More)
 
 
Popular Modernity in America
Popular Modernity in America (September 2000)
Experience, Technology, Mythohistory
Michael Thomas Carroll - Author

Examines a wide variety of cultural and technological phenomena that have helped shape American popular culture over the last 150 years.

Does technology alter our ways of being in and perceiving the world, or does it merely serve as a conduit for predetermined patterns of culture? In addressing this question, Popular Modernity in America examines a broad range of related cultural and technological phenomena-from Bing Crosby to I...(Read More)
 
 
Romantic Desire in (Post)modern Art and Philosophy
Romantic Desire in (Post)modern Art and Philosophy (July 1999)
Jos de Mul - Author

An erudite and wide-ranging discussion of postmodernism and romanticism in twentieth-century art and philosophy.

In this erudite and wide-ranging discussion of postmodernism and romanticism in twentieth-century art and philosophy, Jos de Mul sheds a fascinating light on the ambivalent character of our present culture, which oscillates between modern enthusiasm and postmodern irony. Along the way, he engages the work of ...(Read More)
 
 
Counterpleasures
Counterpleasures (May 1999)
Karmen MacKendrick - Author

Takes up a series of literary and physical pleasures that do not appear to be pleasurable, ranging from Christian saintly asceticism to Sadean narrative to contemporary s/m practices.

Counterpleasures takes up a series of literary and physical pleasures that do not appear to be pleasurable, ranging from saintly asceticism to Sadean narrative to leathersex. Each is placed in its cultural context to unfold a histor...(Read More)
 
 
Many Pretty Toys
Many Pretty Toys (February 1999)
Hazard Adams - Author

When Nixon orders the bombing of Cambodia, a university erupts in protest, irrevocably altering the lives of students and faculty, and disrupting the process of storytelling itself.

When Nixon orders the bombing of Cambodia, the resulting protests push a West Coast university to the brink of anarchy, altering irrevocably the lives of students and faculty and disrupting the process of storytelling itself. Through the words of two profes...(Read More)
 
 
Masocriticism
Masocriticism (December 1998)
Paul Mann - Author

Provocative, inventive, and at times outrageous essays on literary theory, philosophy, and cultural criticism.

These provocative, inventive, and at times outrageous essays on literary theory, philosophy, and cultural criticism describe, in their form and content, the end of criticism, even while performing the endlessness of that endgame. In a sense, the book deconstructs all forms of critique and criticism, including d...(Read More)
 
 
Modernity's Pretenses
Modernity's Pretenses (October 1998)
Making Reality Fit Reason from Candide to the Gulag
Karlis Racevskis - Author

Undermines modernity's authority through a cultural and historical examination of texts and thinkers from the Enlightenment to post-Stalinist Europe.

Modernity's Pretenses undermines modernity's authority through a cultural and historical examination of texts and thinkers from the Enlightenment to post-Stalinist Europe. Racevskis argues that modernity's elaborate designs for rationalizing the world have mainly fun...(Read More)
 
 
Passport to Hollywood
Passport to Hollywood (September 1998)
Hollywood Films, European Directors
James Morrison - Author

CHOICE 1999 Outstanding Academic Book

Examines popular films made in Hollywood by European directors, offering a fresh take on the much-debated issue of the "great divide" between modernism and mass culture.

"James Morrison's Passport to Hollywood is a superb examination of the American films of some of the most gifted European cineastes. Using such classic films as Scarlet Street, ...(Read More)
 
 
The Transparency of Spectacle
The Transparency of Spectacle (May 1998)
Meditations on the Moving Image
Wheeler Winston Dixon - Author

Considers the ephemeral nature of the cinematic experience as we now apprehend it, and examines the ways in which technological advances in film and moving image production have changed this experience over the course of the last thirty-odd years.


"This is an exciting book, bursting with insights and information on virtually every page. A vast range of films and an equally astonishing range of references combine to...(Read More)
 
 
Labyrinths of the Mind
Labyrinths of the Mind (April 1998)
The Self in the Postmodern Age
Daniel R. White - Author
Gert Hellerich - Author

Applies postmodern theory to the working assumptions and consequent practices of therapy in various disciplines, from clinical psychology to schooling.

Labyrinths of the Mind critically engages and creatively transforms the patterns of postmodern culture. It envisions strategies of self-discovery emerging in our era as a labyrinth, whose design evolves as we explore it. Nietzsche serves as our guide throughout the book as we wan...(Read More)
 
 
Speeding to the Millennium
Speeding to the Millennium (April 1998)
Film and Culture 1993-1995
Joseph Natoli - Author

Intersperses headline events, popular film, postmodern theory, and fictional vignettes in order to capture the elusive cultural imaginary of our twentieth-century fin de siecle.

"Speeding to the Millennium is a quirky, intelligent, and thought-provoking look at postmodern culture in America through the lens of popular movies and media events of the years 1993-1995. It covers a range of 'texts,' from Forres...(Read More)
 
 
From Hegel to Madonna
From Hegel to Madonna (February 1998)
Towards a General Economy of "Commodity Fetishism"
Robert Miklitsch - Author

Moves from the discourses of dialectical negation to cultural-populist affirmation--that is, from Hegel to Madonna Studies--in order to envision a mode of critique that can persuasively describe and explain the cultural contradictions of late capitalism.

From Hegel to Madonna presents a genealogical survey of the discourses of negation and affirmation associated with the work of Hegel, Adorno, Deleuze, and Guattar...(Read More)
 
 
Bodies at Risk
Bodies at Risk (January 1998)
Unsafe Limits in Romanticism and Postmodernism
Robert Burns Neveldine - Author

Taking a post-psychoanalytic, queer-theoretical approach, this book links philosophical and aesthetic issues in two distinct periods through the examination of a variety of imaginative texts, from canonical poetry and fiction to avant-garde music and film.

Taking a fundamentally post-psychoanalytical approach, Bodies at Risk links philosophical and aesthetic issues in two distinct periods, with postmodernism cont...(Read More)
 
 
Other Germanies
Other Germanies (October 1997)
Questioning Identity in Women's Literature and Art
Karen Jankowsky - Editor
Carla Love - Editor

Explores notions of personal and cultural identity, and offers an introduction to the work of women in literature, film, dance, and visual art in Germany.

This book introduces American audiences to Germany through the perspectives of members of various ethnic groups within the newly unified country and through the mediation of feminist scholars, documenting the artistic contributions to German cultural identity of ten women writers, fi...(Read More)
 
 
Bookend
Bookend (July 1997)
Anatomies of a Virtual Self
Joe Amato - Author

Enacts and evokes the changes and creative possibilities emerging from contemporary literary technologies (electronic media).

"Bookend sets the stage for a new kind of writing. Part poetry, part theory, part scholarly exegesis, Joe Amato's book cruises the Information Network, sweeping along, in its rush toward revelation, the flotsam and jetsam of daily life--especially life in the academy--as it is playing itsel...(Read More)
 
 
Dali and Postmodernism
Dali and Postmodernism (April 1997)
This Is Not an Essence
Marc J. LaFountain - Author

Demonstrates that Dali's Surrealism anticipates postmodern tactics, and inaugurates "New Dali Studies" by offering an original interpretation of his relationship with the Surrealist canon.

By taking Dali's "paranoiac-critical method" to the delirious extents Dali himself recommended, LaFountain demonstrates that Dali's Surrealism anticipates tactics practiced by postmodern and poststructural critics. In particular, LaFo...(Read More)
 
 
Bodily Discursions
Bodily Discursions (December 1996)
Genders, Representations, Technologies
Deborah S. Wilson - Editor
Christine Moneera Laennec - Editor

This collection of feminist essays from a variety of disciplines explores the idea of the body as a site for the production of political ideologies.
Bodily Discursions offers a multiplicity of feminist perspectives on the body, especially the female body, from a variety of disciplines: literary history, social theory, art history, cultural studies, the history of rhetoric, film, and literary criticism among others. Subjects range ...(Read More)
 
 
Cross-Addressing
Cross-Addressing (July 1996)
Resistance Literature and Cultural Borders
John C. Hawley - Editor

Using a "cultural studies" approach to the question of what constitutes literary study at the end of the twentieth century, the contributors address identity politics in specific cultural instances.

The sixteen original essays by scholars from around the world examine concerns common to writers who experience marginalization based upon their inescapable identification with two or more cultures. From Australian aboriginal and Maori, to ...(Read More)
 
 
Posts
Posts (July 1996)
Re Addressing the Ethical
Dawne McCance - Author

An innovative study of deconstruction, psychoanalysis, and genealogy, relating the ethical to the problematic of the text as a post or a sending in the work of Derrida, Lyotard, Lacan, Kristeva, and Foucault, and phrasing the ethical as the questions of how to read and write after.

"McCance has a sure grasp of not only the primary texts with which she is working, but also of much of the relevant secondary ...(Read More)
 
 
Postmodernism - Local Effects, Global Flows
Postmodernism - Local Effects, Global Flows (July 1996)
Vincent B. Leitch - Author

Offers readable case studies in postmodern economics, philosophy, literary criticism, feminism, pedagogy, poetry, painting, historiography, and cultural studies, showing disorganization as characteristic of postmodern times.

"In earlier books on deconstruction, cultural criticism, and other recent movements, Vincent B. Leitch established himself as an intrepid reporter from the darkest and most impenetrable regio...(Read More)
 
 
Fire and Roses
Fire and Roses (November 1995)
Postmodernity and the Thought of the Body
Carl A. Raschke - Author

Interprets postmodernity in relation to the body--the "somatological a priori," and applies current critical theory to issues of gender, popular culture fashion, and magic, as well as the Western philosophical/theological tradition.

Covering a wealth of authors and literature from Baudrillard to Foucault, from Freud to Lacan, from Plato to Heidegger, from the study of women's fashion to Girardian perspective...(Read More)
 
 
Fear, Truth, Writing
Fear, Truth, Writing (October 1995)
From Paper Village to Electronic Community
Alison Leigh Brown - Author

This book describes and examines the fear of exposure one faces when creating for cultural consumption. Examining the work of Cixous, Foucault, Irigaray, Spinoza, Hegel, Hakim Bey, Heidegger, Kathy Acker, Derrida, and Kierkegaard, the author finds spaces where fear and anxiety give way to connection and community.
"The book will both inspire further investigation into questions of identity, gender, 'anarchy', and new ways of formulating these q...(Read More)
 
 
Spectacular Vernaculars
Spectacular Vernaculars (September 1995)
Hip-Hop and the Politics of Postmodernism
Russell A. Potter - Author

Viewing hip-hop as the postmodern successor to African American culture's Jazz modernism, this book examines hip-hop music's role in the history of the African-American experience.

Spectacular Vernaculars examines hip-hop's cultural rebellion in terms of its specific implications for postmodern theory and practice, using the politics of reception as its primary rhetorical ground. Hip-hop culture in general, and ra...(Read More)
 
 
Spirits Hovering Over the Ashes
Spirits Hovering Over the Ashes (May 1995)
Legacies of Postmodern Theory
H. L. Hix - Author

This book explores the consequences of postmodern theory and answers the question, "What did postmodern theory begin?"
In a series of topical explorations structured like a sonata, H. L. Hix identifies the consequences of postmodern theory through such issues as grief, freedom, beauty, obscenity, love, and sex to its axiological consequences. A basic motif, postmodernism's distribution of meaning over space rather than time, recurs throug...(Read More)
 
 
Hegemony and Strategies of Transgression
Hegemony and Strategies of Transgression (April 1995)
Essays in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
E. San Juan Jr. - Author

This book offers a radical, "Third World" approach to current debates on canon revision, multiculturalism, Eurocentrism, and reforms in education and culture.
"This is a brilliant and unique intervention into a host of major and knotty contemporary debates in literary criticism. In particular, it is refreshing and inspiring to see the uncompromising anti-racism and anti-Eurocentrism of these studies combined with a sophisticated outlook ...(Read More)
 
 
It Looks At You
It Looks At You (January 1995)
The Returned Gaze of Cinema
Wheeler Winston Dixon - Author

This is a study of the "returned gaze" from the cinema screen, demonstrating that the films that we watch watch us, guide us, control our gaze, and enforce societal codes.

"I think this is a work of both brilliant synthesis and stunning originality." -- David Desser, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This book is a study of one of the most insidious and pervasive phenomena in th...(Read More)
 
 
Hauntings
Hauntings (December 1994)
Popular Film and American Culture 1990-1992
Joseph Natoli - Author

This book is about the way that popular film brings to a "sayable" level that which haunts us in the media headlines.
"This book is so very topical--in the best of all possible senses. It uses contemporary films to comment upon broader social issues: violence, homophobia, sexual abuse, television, capitalism, class, marriage, ecology, democracy, greed, subcultures, and the list could go on. The fears of America--the hauntings by the Ro...(Read More)
 
 
Critifiction
Critifiction (November 1993)
Postmodern Essays
Raymond Federman - Author

"I like the way this book makes available critical reflections on postmodern or 'experimental' literature from the perspective of one of its central practitioners in the West today. We hear Federman's voice speaking from both inside and outside the scholarly and pedagogical discourse on postmodernism--a discourse to which he brings the intensity, engagement, vitality of the fiction writer for whom the 'fate' of the postmodern novel is not merely an...(Read More)
 
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