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Postmodernism and Popular Culture

Postmodernism and Popular Culture
A Cultural History

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  • Date Published: January 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521465984

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  • In this provocative study, John Docker takes his readers on an intellectual adventure. The journey includes a guided tour of the history of modernism, consideration of the development of postmodernism, explanation of structuralism and poststructuralism, and discussion of the debates and conflicts around each. It ranges widely, from theoretical discussion to consideration of everything from architecture, television and detective writing to Sydney's monorail. The book engages with some of the most important debates of our time, combining polemical force with intellectual rigor, and reclaims popular culture from the forces opposed to it.

    • Lively, stimulating, provocative prose; book is written in a personal style
    • Broad-ranging – considers a vast range of subjects, without becoming slight and without becoming incoherent
    • Important contribution to currently raging academic debates - surveys modernism and postmodernism and place of popular culture within both
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521465984
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Modernism in Conflict:
    1. Architectural modernism
    2. Literary modernism
    3. Modernism versus popular literture
    4. The Frankfurt School versus Walter Benjamin
    5. Flowering of an orthodoxy
    6. Myths of origin
    1970s screen theory and literary history
    Part II. Modernism and Postmodernism:
    7. Architectural postmodernism: learning from Las Vegas
    8. From Las Vegas to Sydney
    9. Are we living in a Postmodern Age?
    10. Mapping Frederic Jameson's grand narrative
    11. From structuralism to postructuralism: Derrida
    12. Cultural studies
    Transitional moments from modernism to postmodernism
    Part III. Carnival:
    13. Bakhtin's carnival
    14. Dilemmas of a world upside fown
    15. Fools: carnival-theatre-Vaudeville-television
    16. Fool, trickster, social explorer - the detective
    17. Crime fiction as a changing genre
    18. Melodrama, farce, soap opera
    19. Melodrama in action: Prisoner or Cell Block H
    Conclusion: Carnival and contemporary popular culture

  • Author

    John Docker, University of Technology, Sydney

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