Exploring Postmodernism

Selected papers presented at a Workshop on Postmodernism at the XIth International Comparative Literature Congress, Paris, 20–24 August 1985

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The great diversity of contexts in which the term Postmodernism is currently encountered reflects the remarkable success of a coinage that has been in circulation for only about forty years. It has been used by philosophers, sociologists, art critics and literary historians to become, finally, a household word in the language of advertising and politics. Before letting it fade to a derelict cliché, an attempt is made in this volume of essays to use its potential as a cultural concept for the analysis and understanding of contemporary literature and thought.
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Table of Contents
Preface
Matei Calinescu and Douwe W. Fokkema †
v
I. General Problems
1
Introductory Remarks: Postmodernism, the Mimetic and Theatrical Fallacies
Matei Calinescu
3
Pluralism in Postmodern Perspective
Ihab Hassan
17
Teleology in Postmodern Fiction
Mihály Szegedy-Maszák
41
Allegory, Hermeneutics, and Postmodernism
Mihai Spariosu
59
Postmodern Italy: Notes on the “Crisis of Reason”, “Weak Thought”, and The Name of the Rose
Stefano Rosso
79
II. Analytical Criticism
93
New Nouns for Old: “Language” Poetry, Language Game, and the Pleasure of the Text
Marjorie Perloff
95
Samuel Beckett and the Postmodernism Controversy
Breon Mitchell
109
The Intrusive Author in Bristish Postmodernist Fiction: The Cases of Alasdair Gray and Martin Amis
Richard Todd
123
Postmodern Characterization and the Intrusion of Language
Hans Bertens
139
Popular Genre Conventions in Postmodern Fiction: The Case of the Western
Theo D’haen
161
Reading One/Self: Samuel Beckett. Thomas Bernhard, Peter Handke, John Barth, Alain Robbe-Grillet
Alfred Hornung
175
Michel Leiris’ Autobiography La Règle du jeu and Postmodernism
Olav Severijnen
199
Narrative Discourse in Postmodernist Texts: The Conventions of the Novel and the Multiplication of Narrative Instances
Ulla Musarra
215
Concluding Observations: Is There a Future for Research on Postmodernism?
Douwe W. Fokkema †
233
Notes on the Contributors
243
References
247
Index
263
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Literature & Literary Studies

Comparative literature & literary studies

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Philosophy
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