Postmodernism and Popular Culture: A Cultural History

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 12, 1994 - Art - 313 pages
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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 our time. It combines polemical force with intellectual rigour, reclaiming popular culture from the forces opposed to it. John Docker’s personal style and accessible prose will introduce postmodernism to many interested general readers and students intimidated by other dense, theoretical tracts. The breadth and intelligence of his cultural history will make the book essential reading for scholars, in a range of disciplines, around the world.
 

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Contents

Architectural Modernism Le Corbusier
2
Literary Modernism
15
Modernism versus Popular Literature
24
The Frankfurt School versus Walter Benjamin
36
Flowering of an Orthodoxy
51
Myths of Origin 1970s Screen Theory and Literary History
64
Modernism and Postmodernism
81
Architectural Postmodernism Learning from Las Vegas
82
Carnival
167
Bakhtins Carnival
168
Dilemmas of World Upside Down
186
Fools CarnivalTheatreVaudevilleTelevision
198
Fool Trickster Social Explorer The Detective
219
Crime Fiction as Changing Genre
233
Melodrama Farce Soap Opera
245
Melodrama in Action Prisoner or Cell Block H with Ann Curthoys
260

From Las Vegas to Sydney
90
Are We Living in a Postmodern Age?
103
Mapping Frederic Jamesons Grand Narrative
115
From Structuralism to Poststructuralism
129
Cultural Studies Transitional Moments from Modernism to Postmodernism
146
Carnival and Contemporary Popular Culture
273
Notes
285
Index
307
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