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The Politics of Postmodernism

The Politics of Postmodernism

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By (author) Linda Hutcheon

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 193mm x 18mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 28 June 2002
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415280168
  • ISBN 13: 9780415280167
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 226,724

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This classic text remains one of the clearest and most incisive introductions to postmodernism. Perhaps more importantly, it is a compelling discussion of why postmodernism matters. Working through the issue of representation in art forms from fiction to photography, Linda Hutcheon sets out postmodernism's highly political challenge to the dominant ideologies of the western world. A new epilogue traces the fate of the postmodern over the last ten years and into the future, responding to claims that it has, once and for all, 'failed'. Together with the new epilogue, this edition contains revised notes on further reading and a fully updated bibliography. This revised edition of The Politics of Postmodernism continues its position as essential reading.

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Linda Hutcheon is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. She has published extensively on postmodernism, parody and irony (including Irony's Edge: The Theory and Politics of Irony) and has recently done interdisciplinary work with Michael Hutcheon on opera and medicine (Opera: Desire, Disease and Death, and Bodily Charm: Living Opera).

Table of contents

General editor's preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Representing the postmodern: What is postmodernism? Representation and its politics, Whose postmodernism? Postmodernity, postmodernism, and modernism. 2. Postmodernist representation: De-naturalizing the natural, Photographic discourse, Telling Stories: fiction and history. 3. Re-presenting the past: 'Total history' de-totalized, Knowing the past in the present, The archive as text. 4. The politics of parody: Parodic postmodern representation, Double-coded politics, Postmodern film? 5. Text/image border tensions: The paradoxes of photography, The ideological arena of photo-graphy, The politics of address 6. Postmodernism and feminisms: Politicizing desire, Feminist postmodernist parody, The private and the public. Concluding note: some directed reading. Bibliography. Index.