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Sequel to History : Postmodernism and the Crisis of Representational Time - Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth

Sequel to History

Postmodernism and the Crisis of Representational Time

Paperback Published: 25th November 1991
ISBN: 9780691015170
Number Of Pages: 248

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"Sequel to History" offers a comprehensive definition of postmodernism as a reformation of time. Elizabeth Deeds Ermarth uses a diversified theoretical approachdrawing on post-structuralism, feminism, new historicism, and twentieth-century scienceto demonstrate the crisis of our dominant idea of history and its dissolution in the rhythmic time of postmodernism. She enlarges this definition in discussions of several crises of cultural identity: the crisis of the object, the crisis of the subject, and the crisis of the sign. Finally, she explores the relation between language and time in post-modernism, proposing an arresting theory of her own about the rhythmic nature of postmodern temporality. Because the postmodern construction of time appears so clearly in narrative writing, each part of this work is punctuated by a "rhythm section" on a postmodern narrative (Robbe-Grillet's "Jealousy," Cortezar's "Hopscotch," and Nabokov's "Ada"); these extended readings provide concrete illustrations of Ermarth's theoretical positions. As in her critically acclaimed "Realism and Consensus in the English Novel," Ermarth ranges across disciplines from anthropology and the visual arts to philosophy and history. For its interdisciplinary character and its lucid definition of postmodernism, "Sequel to History" will appeal to all those interested in the humanities.

ISBN: 9780691015170
ISBN-10: 0691015171
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 25th November 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.29  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.38