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The Body of the Postmodernist Narrator

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The goal of this book is to elaborate the theoretical framework with regard to reading postmodern fiction from the perspective of the bodies of their narrators as textual occurrences. It centers on Lacanian psychoanalysis and the intersection between its various political interpretations and feminist theories. The emphasis is on the register of the real, on the domain of trauma as it appears in contemporary world, literature and history and on attempts at artistic resolution of its consequences. Since postmodernism is widely interpreted as a Western phenomenon, the book tries to show its dependence on much broader spatial, political, cultural and ideological dimensions, taking as index the darker side of literature, such as murder and destruction, dark courses of desire and the repercussions of their externalization in the reality of life. Focusing on the conditions that link contemporary cultures to the narratives and narrators’ bodies, the book exposes the potential of bodies revealed in the act of narrating and the ambiguities of their fictionalizing and subjectivizing aspects, taking the body as the site of repressed knowledge, traumas, resistance and manipulative desires. The analysis of the fictional works aims to point out a missing link between imagination and the real historical conditions from which imagination derives as well as the discursive struggle to save the tormented, territorialized body from the prismatic world by holding to the “absent referent” and prevent violence caused by the uncritical “pleasure principle”.

Semiotics around the World: Synthesis in Diversity

Semiotics around the World: Synthesis in Diversity [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3110820064
Author: Irmengard Rauch,Gerald F. Carr
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
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Literature, Geography, and the Postmodern Poetics of Place

Literature, Geography, and the Postmodern Poetics of Place [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1137318015
Author: E. Prieto
Publisher: Springer
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Literature, Geography, and the Postmodern Poetics of Place by E. Prieto Book Resume:

Using contemporary literary representations of place, this study focuses on works that have participated in the emergence of new conceptions of place and new place-based identities. The analyses draw on research in cultural geography, cognitive science, urban sociology, and globalization studies.

Supplanting the Postmodern

Supplanting the Postmodern [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1501306898
Author: David Rudrum,Nicholas Stavris
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Supplanting the Postmodern by David Rudrum,Nicholas Stavris Book Resume:

For more than a decade now a steadily growing chorus of voices has announced that the 'postmodern' literature, art, thought and culture of the late 20th century have come to an end. At the same time as this, the early years of the 21st century have seen a stream of critical formulations proclaiming a successor to postmodernism. Intriguing and exciting new terms such as 'remodernism', 'performatism', 'hypermodernism', 'automodernism”, 'renewalism', 'altermodernism', 'digimodernism' and 'metamodernism' have been coined, proposed and debated as terms for what comes after the postmodern. Supplanting the Postmodern is the first anthology to collect the key writings in these debates in one place. The book is divided into two parts: the first, 'The Sense of an Ending', presents a range of positions in the debate around the demise of the postmodern; the second, 'Coming to Terms with the New', presents representative writings from the new '–isms' mentioned above. Each of the entries is prefaced by a brief introduction by the editors, in which they outline its central ideas, point out the similarities and/or differences from other positions found in the anthology, and suggest possible strengths and limitations to the insights presented in each piece.

Communication in Postmodern Urban Fiction

Communication in Postmodern Urban Fiction [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1527552160
Author: Lisann Anders
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Communication in Postmodern Urban Fiction by Lisann Anders Book Resume:

We cannot imagine our world without its digital mirror anymore. We communicate to others in mediated ways and even create ourselves through our technological devices, presenting an imagined version of us to the outside world. This book is concerned with precisely this imagination of the self in an increasing digitalized society, going back to the beginning of our digital age, to the peak of postmodernism at the end of the 20th century. Looking at urban fiction from the 1980s to the early 2000s, the journey of fictional protagonists through the streets of (mostly) New York City reveals an anxiety about the loss of self in the virtual, culminating in violence and destruction. From Auster and Ellis to Palahniuk and DeLillo, this book highlights how an increasingly distanced communication triggers the imagination of violence, making it an insightful read for scholars and aficionados of city literature, postmodernism, and communication alike.

Betraying the Event

Betraying the Event [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1527561259
Author: Fatima Festić
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Betraying the Event by Fatima Festić Book Resume:

In gaining an instrumental part, becoming a fashion, the victimhood theme has drawn attention to its fascinatory and manipulative aspects, and has asked for a critical reconsideration. This volume makes note of an attempt to sustain a conversation about changes in the ways the processes of victimization are written out and comprehended. The contributors aim to expose some recent instances and modalities of cultural and political constructions of victimhood in various parts of the world. Our concern with the overlapping areas of victimhood and rhetoric points to the ambiguous manner in which language and images thread their way into the critical discourses of today, and even devise a vicious reversal of the victimized/victimizer positions. Although we ask: can the victim’s real ever be fully represented?, we keep holding on the simple assurance that only an attempt at representation of the real in an actual performance can bring us closer to the victimizing event, make us grasp its other contested constructions and foresee the materiality of the effects of its linguistic implications. We try to suggest a comparative approach that would link different experiences of victimization, possibly enabling a cognitive exchange, and emphasize the necessity of raising the writers’ and readers’ awareness of the narrative consequences of victimizing processes and the policies following on from them.

The Postmodern Fuentes

The Postmodern Fuentes [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9780838753224
Author: Chalene Helmuth
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
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The Postmodern Fuentes by Chalene Helmuth Book Resume:

"This book addresses issues of identity, textual composition, discourse, and history in the later novels of Carlos Fuentes." "Readers familiar with other postmodern narratives will find a guide to reading Fuentes, a recognized innovator of Spanish American fiction. To readers familiar with the novels of the Boom and its considerable scholarship, this study provides a key to understanding Fuentes's interest in questions of an epistemological and ontological nature. This process draws on the various interpretive strategies of postmodernity, resulting in an analysis that contributes both to the body of criticism on Carlos Fuentes, and to the development of an accurate conceptualization of postmodern writing in Spanish America."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Encounters with John Bowlby

Encounters with John Bowlby [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1134813007
Author: Arturo Ezquerro
Publisher: Routledge
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Encounters with John Bowlby by Arturo Ezquerro Book Resume:

Encounters with John Bowlby: Tales of Attachment is an insightful, heartfelt and faithful homage to John Bowlby (1907-1990), the ‘father’ of attachment theory. The book unfolds as a touching and absorbing biographical journey into his life and work, where Bowlby is portrayed vividly through his individual, family and group attachment history, as well as his personal and professional development. This is a thoroughly researched and unique volume: a creative hybrid of scholarly erudition and passionately-delivered real life experiences covering the entire field of attachment. The work is co-constructed from the privileged position of sitting at the feet of the founder of the theory, drawing on his lifelong research and knowledge. The reader can learn from and identify with stirring, true stories that illustrate the struggle to become attached, to survive, and to grow. Encounters with John Bowlby will appeal to anyone who is interested in personal development and relationships. It will be of special interest to mental health professionals, psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, social workers, psychoanalysts and group analysts, as well as other healthcare professionals, such as general practitioners and paediatricians. The text will also be useful to students undertaking doctoral courses or attending other courses related to attachment and John Bowlby.

Ethics and Desire in the Wake of Postmodernism

Ethics and Desire in the Wake of Postmodernism [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1441134395
Author: Graham Matthews
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Ethics and Desire in the Wake of Postmodernism by Graham Matthews Book Resume:

What is the significance of writing in the wake of postmodernism? The previous decade has seen a growing interest in criticism of postmodern ethics and aesthetics from theorists and writers. This book begins to answer what art form or critical methodology might take its place. Exploring the work of six contemporary novelists - Bret Easton Ellis, J.G. Ballard, Will Self, Michel Houellebecq, Tama Janowitz and Chuck Palahniuk - Ethics and Desire in the Wake of Postmodernism delivers a series of interventions into six key areas of contemporary debate: fear, nihilism, revolution, ethics, enjoyment and feminism. The book goes on to develop an innovative critical methodology which reinvigorates the ability of art and literature to engage in ideological critique. Rather than valorising separatism, plurality or indeterminacy, this approach delivers a critical framework which enacts a radical de-centering of the fundamental coordinates of contemporary society.

The Postmodern Mythology of Michel Tournier

The Postmodern Mythology of Michel Tournier [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1443838748
Author: Melissa Panek
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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The Postmodern Mythology of Michel Tournier by Melissa Panek Book Resume:

Michel Tournier defines the supreme mission of a writer to be the creation of a mythology which allows for interaction with his readers, who seem to be losing their critical faculties in our contemporary, postmodern world dominated by consumption and dizzying technological advances. Our contemporary society has changed due to the end of the modern era with its reigning ideologies. Collapsing after the atrocities of the Second World War, Modernity and the artistic and literary reactions referred to as modernism, have likewise been transformed. Myth continues to represent the collectivity of human existence, yet, in the short stories and novels of Michel Tournier, myth represents the collapse of the all-encompassing ideologies inherent to the Modern era. The grand narratives of Modernity such as Christianity and Man’s reason have been deconstructed in the postmodern era. The mythology of Michel Tournier expresses these trends towards the dissolution of Modernity and creates individual, mini narratives which emphasize the particularity of individual existence. Tournier takes established mythical models rooted in Christianity, fables and legends of Western Civilization and re-contextualizes them. Through a semiotic reworking of core binary pairs of a myth, Tournier creates a third-order level of representation which modifies the mythical model. The works of le Roi des Aulnes, Gilles et Jeanne, and Vendredi are illustrious of this third-order level of signification. According to Ferdinand de Saussure, Roland Barthes and Claude Lévi-Strauss, the structural make-up of myth transforms established meanings according to the dominant cultural code. Barthes’ semiological study of myth reveals the levels of representation through which myth creates meaning. Myth builds upon the denotative first-order level of language and through a connotative process, creates a second-order level. This connotative process does not end on this second-order, for in the writings of Tournier, this semiological process is continued to a third-order which re-contextualizes the myth again. Tournier adapts myth to the unique traits of the postmodern era including deconstruction and playfulness by allowing the reader to provide the context of the story. As such we, the reader, take the place as author of our own individual mythology.

The Bloomsbury Introduction to Postmodern Realist Fiction

The Bloomsbury Introduction to Postmodern Realist Fiction [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1350010820
Author: T.V. Reed
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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The Bloomsbury Introduction to Postmodern Realist Fiction by T.V. Reed Book Resume:

Postmodern realist fiction uses realism-disrupting literary techniques to make interventions into the real social conditions of our time. It seeks to capture the complex, fragmented nature of contemporary experience while addressing crucial issues like income inequality, immigration, the climate crisis, terrorism, ever-changing technologies, shifting racial, sex and gender roles, and the rise of new forms of authoritarianism. A lucid, comprehensive introduction to the genre as well as to a wide variety of voices, this book discusses more than forty writers from a diverse range of backgrounds, and over several decades, with special attention to 21st-century novels. Writers covered include: Kathy Acker, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Julia Alvarez, Sherman Alexie, Gloria Anzaldua, Margaret Atwood, Toni Cade Bambara, A.S. Byatt, Octavia Butler, Angela Carter, Ana Castillo, Don DeLillo, Junot Diaz, Jennifer Egan, Awaeki Emezi, Mohsin Hamid, Jessica Hagedorn, Maxine Hong Kingston, Ursula K. Le Guin, Daisy Johnson, Bharati Mukherjee, Toni Morrison, Vladimir Nabokov, Tommy Orange, Ruth Ozeki, Ishmael Reed, Eden Robinson, Salman Rushdie, Jean Rhys, Leslie Marmon Silko, Art Spiegelman, Kurt Vonnegut, and Jeannette Winterson, among others.

Cultural Identity and Postmodern Writing

Cultural Identity and Postmodern Writing [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 9042021187
Author: Theo d'. Haen,Pieter Vermeulen
Publisher: Rodopi
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Cultural Identity and Postmodern Writing by Theo d'. Haen,Pieter Vermeulen Book Resume:

Cultural Identity and Postmodern Writing seeks to ascertain the relationship obtaining between the specific form postmodernism assumes in a given culture, and the national narrative in which that culture traditionally recognizes itself. Theo D'haen provides a general introduction to the issue of “cultural identity and postmodern writing.” Jos Joosten and Thomas Vaessens take a look at Dutch literature, and particular Dutch poetry, in relation to “postmodernism.” Robert Haak and Andrea Kunne do the same with regard to, respectively, German and Austrian literature, while Roel Daamen turns to Scottish literature. Patricia Krus discusses postmodernism in relation to Caribbean literature, and Kristian van Haesendonck and Nanne Timmer turn their attention to Puerto Rican and Cuban literature, while Adriana Churampi deals with Peruvian literature. Finally, Markha Valenta investigates the roots of the postmodernism debate in the United States. This volume is of interest to all students and scholars of modern and contemporary literature, and to anyone interested in issues of identity as linked to matters of culture.

Postmodern Fiction and the Break-Up of Britain

Postmodern Fiction and the Break-Up of Britain [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1441190988
Author: Hywel Dix
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Postmodern Fiction and the Break-Up of Britain by Hywel Dix Book Resume:

This study explores how British identity has been explored and renegotiated by contemporary writers. It starts by examining the new emphasis on space and place that has emerged in recent cultural analysis, and shows how this spatial emphasis informs different literary texts. Having first analysed a series of novels that draw an implicit parallel between the end of the British Empire and the break-up of the unitary British state, the study explores how contemporary writing in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales contributes to a sense of nationhood in those places, and so contributes to the break-up of Britain symbolically. Dix argues that the break-up of Britain is not limited to political devolution in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is also an imaginary process that can be found occurring on a number of other conceptual coordinates. Feminism, class, regional identities and ethnic communities are all terrains on which different writers carry out a fictional questioning of received notions of Britishness and so contribute in different ways to the break-up of Britain.

Handbook of Narratology

Handbook of Narratology [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 3110217449
Author: Peter Hühn,John Pier,Wolf Schmid,Jörg Schönert
Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
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Handbook of Narratology by Peter Hühn,John Pier,Wolf Schmid,Jörg Schönert Book Resume:

This handbook in English provides a systematic overview of the present state of international research in narratology. Detailed individual studies by internationally renowned narratologists elucidate 34 central terms. The articles present original research contributions and are all structured in a similar manner. Each contains a concise definition and a detailed explanation of the term in question. In a main section they present a critical account of the major research positions and their historical development and indicate directions for future research; they conclude with selected bibliographical references.

Postmodern Tales of Slavery in the Americas

Postmodern Tales of Slavery in the Americas [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1135719748
Author: Timothy J. Cox
Publisher: Routledge
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Postmodern Tales of Slavery in the Americas by Timothy J. Cox Book Resume:

First Published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Japan in Traditional and Postmodern Perspectives

Japan in Traditional and Postmodern Perspectives [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 1438403445
Author: Charles Wei-hsun Fu,Steven Heine
Publisher: SUNY Press
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Japan in Traditional and Postmodern Perspectives by Charles Wei-hsun Fu,Steven Heine Book Resume:

This book displays the uniqueness and creativity of Japan in terms of the interplay between traditional and postmodern perspectives. It deals with the traditional elements in Japanese culture in the light of or in contrast to postmodernism.

Critiquing Postmodernism in Contemporary Discourses of Race

Critiquing Postmodernism in Contemporary Discourses of Race [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0230103960
Author: S. Kim
Publisher: Springer
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Critiquing Postmodernism in Contemporary Discourses of Race by S. Kim Book Resume:

Critiquing Postmodernism in Contemporary Discourses of Race challenges the critical emphasis on otherness in treatments of race in literary and cultural studies. Sue J. Kim deftly argues that this treatment not only perpetuates narrow identity politics, but obscures the political and economic structures that shape issues of race in literary studies. Kim s revelatory book shows how reading authors through their identity ends up neglecting both complex historical contexts and aesthetic forms. This comparative study calls for a reconsideration of the bases for critical engagement and a reading ethics that melds the best of historicist and formalist approaches to literature.

Heterosexual Plots and Lesbian Narratives

Heterosexual Plots and Lesbian Narratives [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0814728030
Author: Marilyn Farwell
Publisher: NYU Press
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Heterosexual Plots and Lesbian Narratives by Marilyn Farwell Book Resume:

What is lesbian literature? Must it contain overtly lesbian characters, and portray them in a positive light? Must the author be overtly (or covertly) lesbian? Does there have to be a lesbian theme and must it be politically acceptable? Marilyn Farwell here examines the work of such writers as Adrienne Rich, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Jeanette Winterson, Gloria Naylor, and Marilyn Hacker to address these questions. Dividing their writings into two genres--the romantic story and the heroic, or quest, story, Farwell addresses some of the most problematic issues at the intersection of literature, sex, gender, and postmodernism. Illustrating how the generational conflict between the lesbian- feminists of twenty years ago and the queer theorists of today stokes the critical fires of contemporary lesbian and literary theory, Heterosexual Plots and Lesbian Narratives concludes by arguing for a broad and generous definition of lesbian writing.

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 904202223X
Author: Fiona Tolan
Publisher: Rodopi
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Margaret Atwood by Fiona Tolan Book Resume:

Margaret Atwood: Feminism and Fiction takes a new look at the complex relationship between Margaret Atwood's fiction and feminist politics.Examining in detail the concerns and choices of an author who has frequently been termed feminist but has famously rejected the label on many occasions, this book traces the influences of feminism in Atwood's work and simultaneously plots moments of dissent or debate. Fiona Tolan presents a clear and detailed study of the first eleven novels of one of Canada's most prominent authors. Each chapter can be read as an individual textual analysis, whilst the chronological structure provides a fascinating insight into the shifting concerns of a popular and influential author over a period of nearly thirty-five years.

Merleau-Ponty, Hermeneutics, and Postmodernism

Merleau-Ponty, Hermeneutics, and Postmodernism [Pdf/ePub] eBook ISBN-10: 0791498123
Author: Thomas W. Busch,Shaun Gallagher
Publisher: SUNY Press
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Merleau-Ponty, Hermeneutics, and Postmodernism by Thomas W. Busch,Shaun Gallagher Book Resume:

This book opens up new dimensions in the philosophical thought of Merleau-Ponty and addresses contemporary issues concerning interpretation theory and postmodernity. In Part I the authors employ the texts of Merleau-Ponty to challenge many of assumptions that operate in the current field of hermeneutics. They find in Merleau-Ponty the outline of a hermeneutics of ambiguity that incorporates his accounts of the human body, language, and temporality in working out the concepts of interpretation, context, perspective, truth, and interpersonal transgression. Merleau-Ponty thus enters into a productive dialogue with contemporary thinkers such as Gadamer, Ricoeur, Habermas, Levinas, and Derrida. Part II engages Merleau-Ponty with the “many voices” of postmodernism. Some of the most able Merleau-Ponty interpreters reveal the richness of his work through variant readings. Can Merleau-Ponty be construed as a postmodern thinker, or as a critic of postmodernism? To what extent can the concepts of flesh, reversibility, and ecart be made to function as deconstructive non-concepts? What can Merleau-Ponty contribute toward a postmodern politics? These essays move the discussion from Derrida to Deleuze, Foucault, and Lyotard.