After the Great Divide

After the Great Divide

Modernism, Mass Culture, Postmodernism
Andreas Huyssen
Distribution: Japan, Canada, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico and United States of America
Publication date: 02/22/1987
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20399-1
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One of the most comprehensive and intelligent postmodern critics of art and literature, Huyssen collects here a series of his essays on pomo... " —Village Voice Literary Supplement

... his work remains alert to the problematic relationship obtaining between marxisms and poststructuralisms." —American Literary History

... challenging and astute." —World Literature Today

Huyssen’s level-headed account of this controversial constellation of critical voices brings welcome clarification to today’s murky haze of cultural discussion and proves definitively that commentary from the tradition of the German Left has an indispensable role to play in contemporary criticism." —The German Quarterly

... we will certainly have, after reading this book, a deeper understanding of the forces that have led up to the present and of the possibilities still open to us." —Critical Texts

... a rich, multifaceted study." —The Year’s Work in English Studies

Huyssen argues that postmodernism cannot be regarded as a radical break with the past, as it is deeply indebted to that other trend within the culture of modernity—the historical avant-garde.

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Table of Contents


Part One: The Vanishing Other: Mass Culture

1. The HIdden Dialectic: Avantgarde-Technology-Mass Culture
2. Adorno in Reverse: From Hollywood to Richard Wagner
3. Mass Culture as Woman: Modernism’s Other

Part Two: Texts and Contexts

4. The Vamp and the Machine: Fritz Lang’s Metropolis
5. Producing Revolution: Heiner Muller’s Mauser as Learning Play
6. The Politics of Indentification: "Holocaust" and West German Drama
7. Memory, Myth, and the Dream of Reason: Peter Weiss’s Die Asthetik des Widerstands

Part Three: Toward the Postmodern

8. The Cultural Politics of Pop
9. The Search for Tradition: Avantgarde and Postmodernism in the 1970s
10. Mapping the Postmodern