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Postmodernism and Popular Culture A Cultural History

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ISBN-10: 0521465982

ISBN-13: 9780521465984

Edition: 1994

Authors: John Docker

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In this provocative and timely book, John Docker takes his readers on an intellectual adventure. The journey includes an introductory guided tour of the history of modernism, consideration of the development of postmodernism, explanation of the difference between structuralism and poststructuralism and discussion of the debates and conflicts around each. Along the way readers will visit the architecture of Le Corbusier, take a ride on the Sydney monorail, watch Prisoner (Cell Block H) on TV, come into contact with Derrida, read some crime fiction and enter into the world of carnival. The book engages, in a stimulating and illuminating way, with some of the most important academic debates of…    
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Book details

List price: $46.99
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/12/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

John Docker is Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University. He is the author of 1492: The Poetics of Diaspora (2001), Postmodernism and Popular Culture (1994) and (with Ann Curthoys) Is History Fiction? (2005).

List of Plates
Preface
Introduction
Modernism in Conflict
Architectural Modernism: Le Corbusier
Literary Modernism
Modernism versus Popular Literature
The Frankfurt School versus Walter Benjamin
Flowering of an Orthodoxy
Myths of Origin: 1970s Screen Theory and Literary History
Modernism and Postmodernism
Architectural Postmodernism: Learning from Las Vegas
From Las Vegas to Sydney
Are We Living in a Postmodern Age?
Mapping Frederic Jameson's Grand Narrative
From Structuralism to Poststructuralism
Cultural Studies: Transitional Moments from Modernism to Postmodernism
Carnival
Bakhtin's Carnival
Dilemmas of World Upside Down
Fools: Carnival-Theatre-Vaudeville-Television
Fool, Trickster, Social Explorer: The Detective
Crime Fiction as Changing Genre
Melodrama, Farce, Soap Opera
Melodrama in Action: Prisoner, or Cell Block H (with Ann Curthoys)
Conclusion: Carnival and Contemporary Popular Culture
Notes
Index