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The Ancients and the Postmoderns: On the Historicity of Forms

The Ancients and the Postmoderns: On the Historicity of Forms

Author Fredric Jameson
Publisher Verso
Publication Date 2015-05-19
Section Academic New Arrivals / Cultural & Critical Theory
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9781781685938

Fredric Jameson sweeps from the Renaissance to The Wire High modernism is now as far from us as antiquity was for the Renaissance. Such is the premise of Fredric Jameson’s major new work in which modernist works, this time in painting (Rubens) and music (Wagner and Mahler), are pitted against late-modernist ones (in film) as well as a variety of postmodern experiments (from SF to The Wire, from “Eurotrash” in opera to Altman and East German literature): all of which attempt, in their different ways, to invent new forms to grasp a specific social totality. Throughout the historical periods, argues Jameson, the question of narrative persists through its multiple formal changes and metamorphoses.

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