Approaching Postmodernism

Papers presented at a Workshop on Postmodernism, 21–23 September 1984, University of Utrecht

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Most of the essays collected in this volume deal with theoretical issues that dominate the international debate on Postmodernism, issues such as the shifting nature of the concept, the problem of periodization and the problem of historicity. Other essays offer readings of Postmodernist texts and relate practical criticism to a theoretical framework. Hans Bertens (Utrecht) sketches the historical development of the concept Postmodernism in American criticism, distinguishing between the various definitions that have been proposed over the last twenty-five years, in an attempt to bring some order to the field and to facilitate future discussion. Brian McHale (Tel Aviv) and Douwe Fokkema (Utrecht) offer models for the description of Postmodernist texts. Richard Todd (Amsterdam) argues convincingly that Postmodernism is much more of a presence in contemporary British fiction than has so far been assumed, and Herta Schmid (Munich) presents a similar argument with respect to Russian avant-garde theater. Elrud Ibsch (Amsterdam) presents a contrastive analysis of Thomas Bernhard and Robert Musil; Ulla Musarra (Nijmegen) writes on Italo Calvino. The relation between Existentialism and Postmodernism is examined by Gerhard Hoffman (Würzburg); Theo D'haen (Utrecht) finds important parallels between Postmodernism in literature and in the visual arts; Matei Calinescu (Bloomington, Ind.) relates literary Postmodernism to a far more general cultural shift, rejecting, however, Foucault's notion of an epistemic break and arguing for both continuity and discontinuity. Finally, Helmut Lethen (Utrecht) and Susan Suleiman (Harvard) sharply question the concept of Postmodernism. Suleiman argues that the supposed Postmodernist reaction against Modernism may well be a critical myth or, if it isn't, a reaction limited to the American literary situation.
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Table of Contents
Foreword
vii
Preliminary remarks
Douwe W. Fokkema †
1
The postmodern Weltanschauung and its relation with modernism: An introductory survey
Hans Bertens
9
Change of dominant from modernist to postmodernist writing
Brian McHale
53
The semantic and syntactic organization of postmodernist texts
Douwe W. Fokkema †
81
The presence of postmodernism in British fiction: Aspects of style and selfhood
Richard Todd
99
From hypothesis to Korrektur : Refutation as a component of postmodernist discourse
Elrud Ibsch
119
Duplication and multiplication: Postmodernist devices in the novels of Italo Calvino
Ulla Musarra
135
Postmodernism in Russian drama: Vampilov, Amalrik, Aksënov
Herta Schmid
157
The absurd and its forms of reduction in postmodern American fiction
Gerhard Hoffmann
185
Postmodernism in Americam fiction and art
Theo D’haen
211
Modernism cut in half: The exclusion of the avant-garde and the debate on postmodernism
Helmut Lethen
233
Postmodernism and some paradoxes of periodization
Matei Calinescu
239
Naming and difference: Reflections on “Modernism versus postmodernism” in literature
Susan Rubin Suleiman
255
Note on the contributors
271
References
275
Index
291
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