Archaeologies of the Future

The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions


Author: Fredric Jameson

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781844670338

Category: Philosophy

Page: 431

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In an age of globalization characterized by the dizzying technologies of the First World, and the social disintegration of the Third, is the concept of utopia still meaningful? Archaeologies of the Future, Jameson's most substantial work since Postmodernism, Or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, investigates the development of this form since Thomas More, and interrogates the functions of utopian thinking in a post-Communist age. The relationship between utopia and science fiction is explored through the representations of othernessalien life and alien worldsand a study of the works of Philip K. Dick, Ursula LeGuin, William Gibson, Brian Aldiss, Kim Stanley Robinson and more. Jameson's essential essays, including "The Desire Called Utopia," conclude with an examination of the opposing positions on utopia and an assessment of its political value today.Archaeologies of the Future is the third volume, after Postmodernism and A Singular Modernity, of Jameson's project on the Poetics of Social Forms.

Mythen der Moderne


Author: Fredric Jameson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783865990518

Category: Modernism (Aesthetics)

Page: 239

View: 8085


Jameson critique


Author: Douglas Kellner

Publisher: Maisonneuve Pr


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 414

View: 5889

A Poetics of Postmodernism

History, Theory, Fiction


Author: Linda Hutcheon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134986262

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 288

View: 8483

First published in 1988. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Methodology of the Oppressed


Author: Chela Sandoval

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 1452904065

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

View: 689

In a work with far-reaching implications, Chela Sandoval does no less than revise the genealogy of theory over the past thirty years, inserting what she terms "U.S. Third World feminism" into the narrative in a way that thoroughly alters our perspective on contemporary culture and subjectivity. What Sandoval has identified is a language, a rhetoric of resistance to postmodern cultural conditions. U.S. liberation movements of the post-World War II era generated specific modes of oppositional consciousness. Out of these emerged a new activity of consciousness and language Sandoval calls the "methodology of the oppressed." This methodology—born of the strains of the cultural and identity struggles that currently mark global exchange—holds out the possibility of a new historical moment, a new citizen-subject, and a new form of alliance consciousness and politics. Utilizing semiotics and U.S. Third World feminist criticism, Sandoval demonstrates how this methodology mobilizes love as a category of critical analysis. Rendering this approach in all its specifics, Methodology of the Oppressed gives rise to an alternative mode of criticism opening new perspectives on any theoretical, literary, aesthetic, social movement, or psychic expression.

Performance Studies

An Introduction


Author: Richard Schechner

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135652597

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 362

View: 4094

In this second edition, the author opens with a discussion of important developments in the discipline. His closing chapter, 'Global and Intercultural Performance', is completely rewritten in light of the post-9/11 world. Fully revised chapters with new examples, biographies and source material provide a lively, easily accessible overview of the full range of performance for undergraduates at all levels in performance studies, theatre, performing arts and cultural studies. Among the topics discussed are the performing arts and popular entertainments, rituals, play and games as well as the performances of everyday life. Supporting examples and ideas are drawn from the social sciences, performing arts, post-structuralism, ritual theory, ethology, philosophy and aesthetics. User-friendly, with a special text design, Performance Studies: An Introduction also includes the following features: numerous extracts from primary sources giving alternative voices and viewpoints biographies of key thinkers student activities to stimulate fieldwork, classroom exercises and discussion key reading lists for each chapter twenty line drawings and 202 photographs drawn from private and public collections around the world.

The Portable Postmodernist


Author: Arthur Asa Berger

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759103146

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 119

View: 1348

In The Portable Postmodernist, Arthur Asa Berger introduces key concepts written by postmodernism's leading theorists including Lyotard, Baudrillard, and Jameson. This collage of influential writing is followed by Berger's concise, accessible comments. Written for the newcomer, Berger's lucid explanations define the postmodernism's most elusive ideas. Organized in fifty segments, the book runs the gamut from postmodern architecture to feminism to punk music. Berger weaves these diverse topics together, exploring and challenging postmodernism's role in popular culture. This highly-readable book is essential reading for students and anyone interested in media, social, and cultural studies. Visit our website for sample chapters!

Liquid Metal

The Science Fiction Film Reader


Author: Sean Redmond

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231501846

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 360

View: 6912

Liquid Metal brings together 'seminal' essays that have opened up the study of science fiction to serious critical interrogation. Eight distinct sections cover such topics as the cyborg in science fiction; the science fiction city; time travel and the primal scene; science fiction fandom; and the 1950s invasion narratives. Important writings by Susan Sontag, Vivian Sobchack, Steve Neale, J.P. Telotte, Peter Biskind and Constance Penley are included.

Productive Postmodernism

Consuming Histories and Cultural Studies


Author: John N. Duvall

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 0791489469

Category: Social Science

Page: 238

View: 2441

Investigates a broad range of contemporary fiction, film, and architecture to address the role of history in postmodern cultural productions.

The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism


Author: Stuart Sim

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113454569X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 416

View: 1361

The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism combines a series of fourteen in-depth background chapters with a body of A-Z entries to create an authoritative yet readable guide to the complex world of postmodernism.

The Poetics of Waste

Queer Excess in Stein, Ashbery, Schuyler, and Goldsmith


Author: C. Schmidt

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137402792

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 224

View: 9862

Modernist debates about waste - both aesthetic and economic - often express biases against gender and sexual errancy. The Poetics of Waste looks at writers and artists who resist this ideology and respond by developing an excessive poetics.

The Gamefulness of American Postmodernism

John Barth & Louise Erdrich


Author: Steven D. Scott

Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9780820438948

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 176

View: 6227

This book examines the twin problems of play and game in American literary postmodernism. There have been many studies of the function of play in postmodernism, but very few have discussed the role of game without conflating play and game. This study claims that play is an important consideration in any discussion of the postmodern (as it is in any discussion of literature), but game is also useful because of its structuring influence. Game provides limits, boundaries, and borders to play, thereby both limiting and, paradoxically, enabling meaningful play. This study does not claim that literature is a game in the strong sense, it chooses instead to concentrate on the gamelike shape - the -gamefulness- - that literary postmodernism assumes. After theoretical chapters that discuss postmodernism, play, and game, this study moves to critical discussions of the work of two prominent contemporary American authors, John Barth and Louise Erdrich."

The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction


Author: Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr.

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819571520

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 2130

As the world undergoes daily transformations through the application of technoscience to every aspect of life, science fiction has become an essential mode of imagining the horizons of possibility. However much science fiction texts vary in artistic quality and intellectual sophistication, they share in a mass social energy and a desire to imagine a collective future for the human species and the world. At this moment, a strikingly high proportion of films, commercial art, popular music, video and computer games, and non-genre fiction have become what Csicsery-Ronay calls science fictional, stimulating science-fictional habits of mind. We no longer treat science fiction as merely a genre-engine producing formulaic effects, but as a mode of awareness, which frames experiences as if they were aspects of science fiction. The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction describes science fiction as a constellation of seven diverse cognitive attractions that are particularly formative of science-fictionality. These are the “seven beauties” of the title: fictive neology, fictive novums, future history, imaginary science, the science-fictional sublime, the science-fictional grotesque, and the Technologiade, or the epic of technsocience’s development into a global regime.


A Journal of Politics and Culture


Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Capitalism

Page: N.A

View: 1785

Das Bild der Stadt


Author: Kevin Lynch

Publisher: Birkhäuser

ISBN: 3035602166

Category: Architecture

Page: 215

View: 1667

Wie orientieren wir uns in einer Stadt? Woher rühren unsere ganz fest umrissenen visuellen Vorstellungen? Um diese Fragen beantworten zu können, studierte Kevin Lynch die Erfahrungen von Menschen und zeigt damit, wie man das Bild der Stadt wieder lebendiger und einprägsamer machen könnte.

Poetik der Metadiskursivität

Zum postmodernen Prosa-, Film- und Dramenwerk von Vladimir Sorokin


Author: Dagmar Burkhart

Publisher: Sagner


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 243

View: 2171

New Essays on the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory


Author: Alfred J. Drake

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Category: Philosophy

Page: 315

View: 7183

New Essays on the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory offers fifteen essays covering a variety of authors and topics related to the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory (Institut fr Sozialforschung) that flourished from the 1920s in connection with the University of Frankfurt in Germany and then abroad. The volume offers reflections on the Frankfurt Schools critical dialogue with philosophical predecessors such as Marx and Nietzsche, elucidates key debates between Frankfurt School authors and contemporaries, and addresses the continuing significance of the Frankfurt School in the postmodern age, with reference to major thinkers such as Fredric Jameson, Antonio Negri, Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Lacan. Readers will find a lively but respectful debate on the strengths and limitations of Frankfurt notions about technology, negative dialectics, the Shoah, and the utopian dimension of political thought, among other concerns. The aim of contributors throughout has been to broaden readers understanding of the sophistication and integrity of Frankfurt School thought rather than reducing it to the level of the formulaic or polemical. Music theory, the representation of urban spaces in prose and image, and the theorization of childhood find a place in this appropriately diverse collection, with essays on Lewis Mumford and Siegfried Kracauer broadening its scope.