The Mourning After.
Attending the Wake of Postmodernism.
BROOKS, Neil and Josh TOTH (Eds.)
Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2007, XII, 306 pp.
€ 64 / US$ 90
Postmodern Studies 40
Have we moved beyond postmodernism? Did postmodernism lose its oppositional value when it became a cultural dominant? While focusing on questions such as these, the articles in this collection consider the possibility that the death of a certain version of postmodernism marks a renewed attempt to re-negotiate and perhaps re-embrace many of the cultural, literary and theoretical assumptions that postmodernism seemly denied outright. Including contributions from some of the leading scholars in the field – N. Katherine Hayles, John D. Caputo, Paul Maltby, Jane Flax, among others – this collection ultimately comes together to perform a certain work of mourning. Through their explorations of this current epistemological shift in narrative and theoretical production, these articles work to “get over” postmodernism while simultaneously celebrating a certain postmodern inheritance, an inheritance that can offer us important avenues to understanding and affecting contemporary culture and society.
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Arriving and Socializing at the Wake
Josh TOTH & Neil BROOKS: Introduction: A Wake and Renewed?
Paul MALTBY: Postmodernism in a Fundamentalist Arena
Robert MCLAUGHLIN: Postmodernism in the Age of Distracting Discourses
Jennifer GEDDES: Attending to Suffering in/at the Wake of Postmodernism
Jane FLAX: Soul Service: Foucault’s “Care of the Self” as Politics and Ethics
Viewing and Reading at the Wake
N. Katherine HAYLES & Todd GANNON: Mood Swings: The Aesthetics of Ambient Emergence
Gavin KEULKS: New York, Los Angeles, and Other Toxicities: Revisiting Postmodernism in Rushdie’s Fury and Shalimar the Clown
William G. LITTLE: Nothing to Write Home About: Impossible Reception in Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves
Robert REBEIN: Turncoat: Why Jonathan Franzen Finally Said “No” to Po-Mo
Clayton DION: Serving Pi(e) at the Wake of Postmodernism: Mathematics and Mysticism at the End of the 20th Century
Mourning and Praying at the Wake
Dawne MCCANCE: Derrida and the Ethics of Mourning After
Clayton CROCKETT: Postmodernism and the Crisis of Belief: Neo-Realism vs. the Real
John D. CAPUTO: The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event