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Essays in Postmodern Theory and Postmoedrn. Ohio State UP, All but the last of the ten essays have seen print before the earliest insix as parts of the author’s previous books.
A kind of greatest hits collection, this Hassan reader is nonetheless a useful summary of his thoughts and an poxtmodern point of departure for readers new to his work. In its complexity and richness, The Postmodern Turn resists paraphrase, each of its essays silently crying, “No, do not understand me too easily. The first, a single chapter on “The Literature of Silence,” traces postmodernism’s roots to mannerism, romanticism, and modernism, and it designates postmldern silence of outrage and apocalypse as contemporary avant-gardism’s salient characteristic.
Section Two, “Concepts of Postmodernism,” contains three chapters that chart postmodernism’s development and differentiate it from modernism and other manifestations of the avant garde; offers a history of the concept and its difficulties; and posits immanence and indeterminacy as postmodernism’s “ruling tendencies” with an eye toward disclosing thereby “coherent hints of a posthumanist culture.
Scattered throughout its pages The Postmodern Turn offers, like a critical Bartlett’s, the fragments of the most thorough, nuanced, and provocatively wide-ranging definition of postmodernism one might reasonably desire, although its diffused density may render it less satisfying to some than the more readerly formulations of, say, John Barth.
Additionally, Hassan’s typographically lively “paracritical” style, which characterizes several of the essays, ihxb prove off-putting to readers not used to prose bent on moving defiantly beyond “linear ‘reasoned discourse’. A friend recently remarked that today the problem for literary critics seems to be not staying on the cutting edge but finding it.
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