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The Postmodernist Turn : American Thought and Culture in the 1970s - Jr. Hoeveler

The Postmodernist Turn

American Thought and Culture in the 1970s

Paperback Published: 1st December 2004
ISBN: 9780742533936
Number Of Pages: 248

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During the 1970s, the United States became the world's preeminent postindustrial society. The new conditions changed the way Americans lived and worked, and even their perceptions of reality. Americans struggled to find their place in a world where symbol became more important than fact, appearance more important than reality, where image supplanted essence. In this reassessment of a little studied decade, J. David Hoeveler, Jr., finds that the sense of detachment and dislocation that characterizes the postindustrial society serves as a paradigm for American thought and culture in the 1970s. The book examines major developments in literary theory, philosophy, architecture, and painting as expressions of a 1970s consciousness. Hoeveler also explores the rival "political" readings of these subjects and considers the postmodernist phenomenon as it became an ideological battleground in the decade. Clear and engaging, the work will be of great interest to historians, theorists, and everyone who wants to further explore the 1970s.

The Postmodernist Turn not only charts historical change in a decade of the recent past. It accomplishes what some of Hoeveler's subjects doubted was ever really possible in historical study: it helps us to understand the intellectual landscape in which we find ourselves several decades later.--Lewis Perry, Vanderbilt University

Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Postindustrialismp. 1
Wars of Wordsp. 15
Reading Leftp. 35
Postmodernism I, Paintingp. 54
Postmodernism II, Architecturep. 76
Writing Feministp. 100
Debating Blackp. 119
Neoconservatismp. 136
On Liberalismp. 159
Afterwordp. 173
Chronologyp. 185
Notes and Referencesp. 189
Bibliographic Essayp. 211
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780742533936
ISBN-10: 074253393X
Series: American Thought and Culture (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st December 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.34