Postmodernism - Abstracts
Postmodernism, Books Postmodernism
Postmodernism, or The
Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism - In this essay, Jameson lays out the
differences in culture between the modern and postmodern periods. Jameson is concerned
with the cultural expressions and aesthetics associated with the different systems of
He is not interested in a
mechanism of change. Jameson draws on the fields of architecture, art and other culturally
expressive forms to illustrate his arguments. The heaviest emphasis is placed on
architecture. It is essential to grasp postmodernism as discussed here not as a style, but
as a dominant cultural form indicative of late capitalism.
Limits of Postmodern Theory- The
impetus behind this paper has been the recent publication of Fredric Jameson's 1991
Welleck Lectures, The Seeds of Time. As these lectures were delivered a decade after
Jameson's initial attempts to map the terrain of postmodernity it appeared to me to
provide an occasion to reflect upon the current status of Jameson's highly influential and
much criticised theory of postmodernism as the cultural logic of late capitalism.
Postmodernism: What One
Needs to Know, by William Grassie, for Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science,
Abstract. Introduction to postmodernism and deconstruction as they relate to the special
challenges of scholarship and teaching in the science and religion multidiscipline.
Unacknowledged Roots and
Blatant Imitation: Postmodernism and the Dada Movement - David Locher - Dept. of
Social Sciences - Missouri Southern State College
Abstract: This paper is an attempt to stimulate thought and discourse toward postmodern
social theory. The writings of Baudrillard and Lyotard are deconstructed with a focus on
their conceptualization of the postmodern. The author argues that there really is no such
epoch as the postmodern era. Direct quotes from Baudrillard, Lyotard, and several Dadaists
are used to support these claims. This paper is not an attack on the logic or internal
consistency of postmodernism, but rather addresses the validity of claims about the unique
and original nature of postmodern thought itself. This lack of originality points to a
greater question about the validity of the concept of a postmodern era.
Postmodernism is a complicated term, or set of ideas, one that has only emerged as an area
of academic study since the mid-1980s. Postmodernism is hard to define, because it is a
concept that appears in a wide variety of disciplines or areas of study, including art,
architecture, music, film, literature, sociology, communications, fashion, and technology.
It's hard to locate it temporally or historically, because it's not clear exactly when
Perhaps the easiest way to start thinking about postmodernism is by thinking about
modernism, the movement from which postmodernism seems to grow or emerge. Modernism has
two facets, or two modes of definition, both of which are relevant to understanding
Post-Modernity: Some Lessons in "Equal Treatment" of Capitalism and State
Socialism, By Zdenek Konopasek, Institute of Sociological Studies, Charles
Contemporary social theory is untouched by truly sociological analyses of the phenomenon
of European State socialism. Theories both of postmodernity and modernity have been based
almost exclusively on studying capitalist societies in the West. State socialist societies
made themselves visible for the theoretically ambitious sociologists of the post/modern
only by their own collapse at the end of the 80s. The postmodern was approached then as
the force (of capitalist origin) that had helped to dismantle the communist regimes in the
Soviet block. According to such a stance, the postmodern is antithetical to the "real
socialism." The disappearing state socialism of Eastern Europe was suddenly
discovered as "modernity in its most determined mood and most decisive posture;
modernity streamlined, purified of the last shred of the chaotic, the irrational , the
spontaneous, the unpredictable" (Bauman). In this way, the postmodern debate helps to
retrospectively understand the state socialist (as non-postmodern).
With the advent of postmodern era it becomes possible to think about socialism and
capitalism symmetrically, in the same terms. Socialism and capitalism can be studied
together. Unexpected similarities and parallels emerge, once established asymmetries and
distinctions become problematic. In my view, this offers an opportunity for a more
balanced notion of the post/modern.
Anachronism of the Moral
Sentiments? Integrity, Post-Modernism and Justice - This is an essay about the
relationship between post-modernism and justice. My topic is the apparent disjunction
between post-modernists' moral and political intuitions on the one hand and their
philosophical views and cultural leanings on the other. Crudely put, the essay asks what
we can learn from the fact that someone who rejects the notion of "integrity" as
either a psychological, moral or textual quality, nevertheless condemns the Dean or the
Senator for having "no integrity," admires the display of principled consistency
in public life or the interpretation of the Constitution, and would characterise the
difference between, say, Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton, as the difference between a
principled ascetic who would endure jail or death for his beliefs and a pack of cut-out
caricatures, reshuffled at every shift in public opinion, held together only by an
expensive suit and a set of selfish appetites. - James Boyle.
Critical Theory and Postmodern Thought.