The Promise of Postmodernism
Despite its unfortunate name, postmodernism is not an ism at all. It is not of the same species as romanticism, realism, and modernism. Postmodernism is less a name for a unified aesthetic, as its ism implies, than a description of the state of being after unified aesthetics. Postmodernism, it turns out, is not a thing. Thus it is not dead and cannot die. Building on Jean-François Lyotard’s argument that postmodernism is not a period, and acknowledging Fredric Jameson’s leeriness of postmodernism’s spatial poetics, the author argues that postmodernism is a space that positions readers to see beyond the ism-driven form of literary periodization. It marks the end, not of periodization or of history, but of periodization and history as it has been typically theorized in literary studies. Far from being an ahistorical perspective, postmodernism is a call for a new form of literary history that acknowledges its own narrativity.
Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.