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Postmodernism and Popular Culture : A Cultural History - John Docker

Postmodernism and Popular Culture

A Cultural History

Paperback Published: 12th December 1994
ISBN: 9780521465984
Number Of Pages: 344

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In this provocative and timely book, John Docker takes his readers on an intellectual adventure. It is a journey that includes an introductory guided tour of the history of modernism, consideration of the development of postmodernism, explanation of the difference between structuralism and poststructuralism and discussion of the debates and conflicts around each. The book engages, in a stimulating and illuminating way, with some of the most important academic debates of our time. It combines polemical force with intellectual rigour, reclaiming popular culture from the forces opposed to it. Postmodernism and Popular Culture examines the attitudes of advocates of modernism and postmodernism, and many allied with the left, to popular culture, and is a detailed and thoughtful analysis of the nature of popular culture itself.

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."..I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The boldness of his formulations is refreshing and can be insightful." Antipodes "There is a great deal to be learned from this book....very revealing and useful....This volume should be required reading for the child in the cradle....This book blows away the smoke and holds the mirror steady. For that reason it should be awarded the Self-Aawreness and Knowledge prize." Ray Browne, Journal of Popular Culture

List of Platesp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. xvii
Modernism in Conflict
Architectural Modernism: Le Corbusierp. 2
Literary Modernismp. 15
Modernism versus Popular Literaturep. 24
The Frankfurt School versus Walter Benjaminp. 36
Flowering of an Orthodoxyp. 51
Myths of Origin: 1970s Screen Theory and Literary Historyp. 64
Modernism and Postmodernism
Architectural Postmodernism: Learning from Las Vegasp. 82
From Las Vegas to Sydneyp. 90
Are We Living in a Postmodern Age?p. 103
Mapping Frederic Jameson's Grand Narrativep. 115
From Structuralism to Poststructuralismp. 129
Cultural Studies: Transitional Moments from Modernism to Postmodernismp. 146
Carnival
Bakhtin's Carnivalp. 168
Dilemmas of World Upside Downp. 186
Fools: Carnival-Theatre-Vaudeville-Televisionp. 198
Fool, Trickster, Social Explorer: The Detectivep. 219
Crime Fiction as Changing Genrep. 233
Melodrama, Farce, Soap Operap. 245
Melodrama in Action: Prisoner, or Cell Block H (with Ann Curthoys)p. 260
Conclusion: Carnival and Contemporary Popular Culturep. 273
Notesp. 285
Indexp. 307
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ISBN: 9780521465984
ISBN-10: 0521465982
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 12th December 1994
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.65  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.52

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