Linda Hutcheon "Limiting the Postmodern"

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LIMITING THE POSTMODERN: THE PARADOXICAL AFTERMATH OF MODERNISM (HUTCHEON, LINDA: A Poetics of Postmodernism: History, Theory, Fiction. New York: Routledge, 1988) In this chapter L. Hutcheon discusses the link between postmodernism and modernism. Moreover, she hardly tries to define postmodernism and challenges some critics like F. Jameson (“one of its most vociferous antagonists”, p.37) . Jameson believes that postmodernism is only a temporal “real” concept but with lacks and contradictions. In my presentation, I focus on points I and II of chapter three. Firstly, the chapter starts with a quotation by Jonathan D. Kramer which explains that state generalities about art and label it to create a unified movement it is simplistic. As I said, Hutcheon believes that exists a direct link with modernism and that postmodernism is not a simple label. In the case of Modernism and Postmodernism do not exist a solid definition but it is accepted that both exist. Some critics and theorists consider postmodernism as “an evaluative designation to be used in relation to modernism” (p.38). Then, Hutcheon wants to create a more stable meaning of the term “postmodern” based on S. Suleiman’s work. A definition constructed by analyzing, classifying and doing some diagnostics. For this reason, Hutcheon goes throw “postmodern architecture” to restate that the term already exist. In “postmodern architecture”, past architecture takes relevance with the present. And this is exactly what happens with modernism and postmodernism. The past (modernism) influences the present (postmodernism). Finally, in this first point of this chapter, Hutcheon comments her interest on postmodernist novel because “it seems to be a preferential forum for discussion of the postmodern” (p.38). According to Hutchen, each age focuses on an specific genre and in the case of Postmodernism this genre is the novel. But it is advised that other arts...
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