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Doing Time : Feminist Theory and Postmodern Culture - Rita Felski

Doing Time

Feminist Theory and Postmodern Culture

Paperback Published: 1st September 2000
ISBN: 9780814727072
Number Of Pages: 256

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Contemporary theory is full of references to the modern and the postmodern. How useful are these terms? What exactly do they mean? And how is our sense of these terms changing under the pressure of feminist analysis?

In Doing Time, Rita Felski argues that it makes little sense to think of the modern and postmodern as opposing or antithetical terms. Rather, we need a historical perspective that is attuned to cultural and political differences within the same time as well as the leaky boundaries between different times.

Neither the modern nor the postmodern are unified, coherent, or self-evident realities. Drawing on cultural studies and critical theory, Felski examines a range of themes central to debates about postmodern culture, including changing meanings of class, the end of history, the status of art and aesthetics, postmodernism as "the end of sex," and the politics of popular culture. Placing women at the center of analysis, she suggests, has a profound impact on the way we thing about historical periods. As a result, feminist theory is helping to reshape our vision of both the modern and the postmodern.

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"In these captivating essays, Rita Felski weaves together an important and original inquiry into the tangled relations among postmodernism, modernity, class politics, and feminism. Refusing the solace of & final' answers, Felski offers instead a series of vibrant investigations into the gray zones of lived relations. Doing Time is lucidly written, powerfully theorized, trenchantly argued, and compels us to reevaluate the cultural contexts through which & modernity' has been understood."--Janet Lyon, University of Illinois

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Timely Meditationsp. 1
Nothing to Declare: Identity, Shame, and the Lower Middle Classp. 33
New Cultural Theories of Modernityp. 55
The Invention of Everyday Lifep. 77
Judith Krantz, Author of the Cultural Logics of Late Capitalismp. 99
The Doxa of Differencep. 116
Fin de Siecle, Fin de Sexe: Transsexuality and the Death of Historyp. 137
Images of the Intellectual: from Philosophy to Cultural Studiesp. 154
Why Feminism Doesn't Need an Aesthetic (and Why it Can't Ignore Aesthetics)p. 175
Feminism, Postmodernism, and the Critique of Modernityp. 193
Indexp. 211
About the Authorp. 215
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ISBN: 9780814727072
ISBN-10: 0814727077
Series: Cultural Front
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st September 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.29

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