The word postmodernism, for better or worse, has entered everyday discourse. Applied everywhere, it has acquired an authority to describe a variety of concerns - culture, critiques of culture, architecture, video, music, the penchant for economic forecasts and marketing research, new therapies, museum installations and film festivals, religious revivals and cults - and seems to offer an assurance that it identifies something. But what?
In his most wide-ranging and accessible work, Fredric Jameson argues that postmodernism is the cultural response to the latest systemic change in world capitalism. He seeks here to crystallize a definition of a term which has taken on so man meanings tat it has virtually lost all historical significance. Starting with his now classic essay, 'Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Capitalism' (included here), he presents an extensive discussion on the cultural landscape - both 'high' and 'low' - of postmodernity. Subsequent chapters evaluate the political fortunes of the new term and survey postmodern developments in a range of different fields - from market ideology to architecture, from painting and instalment art to contemporary punk film, from video art and high literature to deconstruction.
Finally, Jameson reevaluates the concept of postmodernism in light of postmodern critiques of totalization and historical narratives - from the notion of decadence to the dynamics of small groups, from religious fundamentalism to hi-tech science fiction - while touching on the nature of contemporary cultural critique and the possibilities of cognitive mapping in the present multinational world system. This provocative book will be fundamental to all future discussions of postmodernism.
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