This book, first published in 1990, addresses the broad cultural phenomenon that is postmodernism. The first part of the book raises some general theoretical questions about postmodernism – its language and its politics, for example. The second section attends to particular ‘sites’, namely the various arts themselves and the philosophical understanding of them. Here one finds specific readings of architecture, painting, literature, theatre, photography, film, television, dance and fashion.
Table of Contents
Introduction The Philosophy of Postmodernism Hugh J. Silverman Part 1. Problematics 1. Back to the Future Mark C. Taylor 2. Postmodern Language Charles E. Scott 3. The Contradictory Character of Postmodernism Donald Kuspit 4. Postmodernism and (Post)Marxism John O’Neill Part 2. Sites 5. In Situ: Beyond the Architectonics of the Modern Stephen H. Watson 6. A Postmodern Language in Art Dorothea Olkowski-Laetz 7. The Otherness of Words: Joyce, Bakhtin, Heidegger Gerald L. Bruns 8. Postmodernism and Theater Fred McGlynn 9. Lucid Intervals: Postmodernism and Photography Allen S. Weiss 10. Filming: Inscriptions of Denken Wilhelm S. Wurzer and Hugh J. Silverman 11. The Televised and the Untelevised: Keeping an Eye On/Off the Tube Brian Seitz 12. Postmodernism in Dance: Dance, Discourse, Democracy David Michael Levin 13. Obsolescence and Desire: Fashion and the Commodity Form Gail Faurschou