Short Cuts: The Postmodern Moment in U.S. American Literature and Culture
DozentIn: Prof. Dr. phil. Peter Schneck
Zeiten: Do. 14:00 - 16:00 (wöchentlich)
Beschreibung: "Postmodernism is a notoriously slippery and indefinable term. It was originally coined in the 1940s to identify a reaction against the Modern movement in architecture. However, it first began to be widely used in the 1960s by American cultural critics and commentators such as Susan Sontag and Leslie Fiedler who sought to describe a ‘new sensibility’ in literature which either rejected modernist attitudes and techniques or adapted or extended them." - This is how the Cambridge Introduction to Postmodern Fiction introduces 'Postmodernism' both as a term and a period. While there is an abundance of definitions (and debates about definitions) in regard to Postmodernism, these debates and definitions must be read both in terms of their differences as a well as their resonance and similarities. The course will be concerned with definitions, debates and writings which specifically address the Postmodern as a significant moment of cultural self-reflection and reorientation, throwing the particular use of culture for political ends into relief, as well as pointing out practices of disruption, satire and resistance within the cultural politics of our own time - which may be both modern and post-modern at the same moment.