A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction by Linda Hutcheon
Routledge; 1 edition | July 13, 1988 | English | ISBN: 0415007062 | 288 pages | PDF | 934 KB
This study is neither a defense nor yet another denigration of the culturalenterprise we seem determined to call postmodernism. You will not find here any claims of radical revolutionary change or any apocalyptic wailing about the decline of the west under late capitalism. Rather than either eulogize or ridicule, what I have tried to do is study a current cultural phenomenon that exists, has attracted much public debate, and so deserves critical attention. Based on the notion that any theorizing must derive from that which it purports to study, my focus here is on those points of significant overlap of theory with aesthetic practice which might guide us to articulate what I want to call a “poetics” of postmodernism, a flexible conceptual structure which could at once constitute and contain postmodern culture and our discourses both about it and adjacent to it.