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The Parameters of Postmodernism - Nicholas Zurbrugg

The Parameters of Postmodernism

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Published: 4th November 1993
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This work offers a challenging and positive view of postmodern culture. It draws on the author's extensive interviews with a number of leading postmodern artists, writers and performers. These include Jean Baudrillard, Samuel Beckett, John Cage and Phillip Glass. The study focuses on both the prevailing negative theories of postmodernism, and the more positive aspects of postmodern theory and practice. The negative aspect is exemplified by the work of writers like Brecht, Beckett, Barthes and Baudrillard, who emphasize the death of artistic innovation and the lack of a permanent reality. Zurbrugg highlights the contradictions in the arguments of these writers, and examines the later works in which they qualify their earlier, more infamous, statements. The positive aspect is characterized by artists such as Cage, Glass and Monk, who interweave the new postmodern media with confidence and invention; and Eco, Grass and Wolf, who revive mythological and folkloric traditions.

Prefacep. xi
Notesp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Anti-Art or Ante-Art?p. 1
Notesp. 5
Introducing the B-Effectp. 7
Notesp. 8
Notesp. 10
Benjamin and the Loss of Aurap. 15
Notesp. 16
Notesp. 20
Notesp. 23
Notesp. 26
Beckett, Brecht, and the Groan of the Textp. 27
Notep. 34
Notesp. 37
Notesp. 44
Notesp. 45
Notesp. 49
Notesp. 50
Postmodernism's Purist Aestheticp. 52
Notesp. 55
Pure "h"-Habermas and Communicative Rationalityp. 57
Notesp. 60
Notesp. 64
Notesp. 68
Notesp. 70
A Problem in Design: Lax and Mannp. 77
Notesp. 85
Notesp. 88
Notesp. 92
Multimedia Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Gaburo and Ashleyp. 94
Notesp. 97
Umberto Eco and the Re-Turn to the Middle Agesp. 100
Notesp. 106
Notesp. 109
Notesp. 114
Cage, Wolf, and the Re-Turn to the Third Alternativep. 116
Wolf, Mann, and the Authority of Literary Genresp. 118
Müller, Brecht, and the Petrification of Hopep. 123
Notesp. 125
Huyssen, Popper, and the Electrification of the Avant-Gardep. 132
Delillo, Müller, Lyotard, Kroker, and the Panic Sensibilityp. 140
Toward Effective Communication: Kruger and Holzerp. 148
Appropriation, Neutralization, and Reconciliation: Tillers and Johnsonp. 150
Notesp. 157
Notesp. 159
Considered in Diagrammatic Summary: the Phases of Postmodernismp. 162
The Modes of Modernism and Postmodernismp. 164
Baudrillard or Cage? Degeneration or Affirmation?p. 165
Notesp. 167
Burt, Wendt, and the Positive Parameters of Postmodernismp. 168
Notesp. 170
Indexp. 171
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ISBN: 9780415105620
ISBN-10: 0415105625
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 4th November 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1