Zeitgeist in Babel

Zeitgeist in Babel

The Postmodernist Controversy
Distribution: World
Publication date: 01/22/1991
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20611-4
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Untendentious and highly informative... "—Virginia Quarterly Review

... extremely useful and intellectually stimulating... " —Seminar

Zeitgeist in Babel vividly displays the confluence of discourse-formations concerning postmodernism as they take shape in the different disciplines of aesthetic mediums and philosophical discourse. The twenty contributors include Umberto Eco, Jacques Derrida, Clement Greenberg, Martin Jay, Charles Jencks, Susan Rubin Suleiman, and Richard Rorty.

Other contributors are Charles Boone, Matei Calinescu, C. Barry Chabot, Erika Fischer-Lichte, David Hayman, Jost Hermand, Ingeborg Hoesterey, Peter Koslowski, Rosalind E. Krauss, Donald B. Kuspit, Stefano Rosso, Maureen Turim, and Gianni Vattimo.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Postmodernism As Discursive Event/Ingeborg Hoesterey

Interventions/Jacques Derrida

I. Revisiting Constitutive Discursive Practices. Architecture, Americanist Literary Criticism, and Anti-Greenbergian Art Scence
Postmodern vs. Late-Modern/Charles Jencks
The Problem of the Postmodern/C. Barry Chabot
The Notion of "Postmodern"/Clement Greenberg
The Unhappy Consciousness of Modernism/Donald B. Kuspit
The Originality of the Avant-Garde: A Postmodernist Repetition/Rosalind E. Krauss

II. The Debate in Philosophy and More Politics of Discourse
Habermas and Lyotard on Postmodernity/Richard Rorty
Habermas and Postmodernism/Martin Jay
Feminism and Postmodernism: A Question of Politics/Susan Rubin Suleiman
The End of (Hi)story/Gianni Vattimo
The (De-)Construction Sites of the Postmodern/Peter Koslowski
From the One to the Many: Pluralism in Today’s Thought/Matei Calinescu

III. The Cultural Diversity of Modernism/Postmodernism Dialectics
Cinemas of Modernity and Postmodernity/Maureen Turim
Avant-Garde, Modern, Postmodern: The Music (almost) Nobody Wants to Hear/Jost Hermand
Has Modernist Music Lost Power?/Charles Boone
Postmoderism. Extension or End of Modernism? Theater between Cultural Crisis and Cultural Change/Erika Fischer-Lichte
Nodality or Plot Displaced. The Dynamics of Soller’s H/David Hayman
A Correspondence on Postmodernism/Stefano Rosso/Umberto Eco

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