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The nice range of contexts during which the time period Postmodernism is presently encountered displays the outstanding luck of a coinage that has been in flow for under approximately 40 years. it's been utilized by philosophers, sociologists, artwork critics and literary historians to turn into, eventually, a loved ones be aware within the language of advertisements and politics. sooner than letting it fade to a derelict cliché, an test is made during this quantity of essays to exploit its power as a cultural proposal for the research and realizing of latest literature and proposal.

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The last term is Gary Saul Morson's, who provides an excellent discussion of threshold lit­ erature, parody, and hybridization (Morson 1981: 48-50, 107-108, 142-143). 12. For a counter-statement, see Portoghesi (1982: 11) and Calinescu (1983: 286). 13. See also the issue on Bakhtin of Critical Inquiry 14. See Régis Durand's (1983) defense, against Michael Fried, of the performing principle in postmodern art. See also Richard Schechner (1983). 15. See also Lasch 1978. 16. William James (1955: 166) understood this when he said: " Y o u can't weed out the human contribution ...

Lyotard, for instance, believes that "the postmodern condition is a stranger to disenchantment as to the blind positivity of delegitimation" (trans, from Lyotard 1979: 8); while Hal Foster claims a "postmodernism of resistance," a "counter-practice not only to the official culture of modernism but also to the 'false normativity' of a reactionary postmodernism" (1983: xii). Interestingly enough, French thin­ kers of the Left — Foucault, Lyotard, Deleuze, Baudrillard — seem more subtle in their ideas of "resistance" than their American counterparts.

A n d the number of conferences on "Marxism and Criticism", "Feminism and Criticism", "Ethnicity and Criti­ cism", "Technology and Criticism", "Mass Culture and Criticism," keeps American airports snarled and air carriers in the black. A l l these, of course, refract the shifts in our "myths of concern" (Frye) since the Fifties. But they reflect, too, the changes in our idea of criticism itself, from a Kantian to a Nietzschean, Freudian, or Marxist conception (to name but three) from an ontological to a historical apprehension, from a synchronous or generic discourse to a diachronic or conative activity.

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