Best Postmodernism Literary Criticism Books

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1. How to Read Novels Like a Professor: A Jaunty Exploration of the World's Favorite Literary Form

Author: by Thomas C Foster
Harper Perennial

‎ English
336 pages

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How to Read Novels Like a Professor is a lively and entertaining guide to understanding and dissecting novels, making reading more enriching and satisfying. In the follow up to his wildly popular How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas C.

Foster provides students with tried-and-true techniques to use in analyzing some of the most important works in literary history. How to Read Novels Like a Professor shows readers how to consider and a novel’s historical fine points as well as major themes, literary models (the Bible, Shakespeare, Greek mythology, and fairy tales), and narrative devices like irony, plot, and symbol.”By bringing his eminent scholarship to bear in doses measured for the common reader or occasional student, Professor Foster has done us all a generous turn.

The trained eye, the tuned ear, the intellect possesed of simple cyphers brings the literary arts alive.”-Thomas Lynch, author of The Undertaking

2. Ulysses (The Gabler Edition)

Author: by James Joyce
680 pages

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The Gabler edition of Ulysses, the greatest 20th-century novel written in English, contains corrections to more than 5,000 errors in earlier editions. Almost as soon as Ulysses first appeared, in Paris in 1922, James Joyce began to compile a list of errata, and publishers have continued the process ever since, often inadvertently adding to the list.

In 1974, an international team of scholars headed by Professor Hans Walter Gabler began to study manuscript evidence, typescripts, and proofs in order to produce as accurate and complete a new edition as possible. First published in 1984, the Gabler edition was hailed as a monumental achievement, one that makes this great and complex novel more accessible and enjoyable than ever before.

Also included is a preface by the distinguished Joyce scholar Richard Ellmann, a foreword and note on the text by Gabler, and an afterword by Michael Groden.

3. Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (Post-Contemporary Interventions)

Author: by Fredric Jameson
460 pages

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Now in paperback, Fredric Jameson’s most wide-ranging work seeks to crystalize a definition of postmodernism. Jameson’s inquiry looks at the postmodern across a wide landscape, from high art to low from market ideology to architecture, from painting to punk film, from video art to literature.

4. Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting

Author: by Sianne Ngai
Harvard University Press

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The zany, the cute, and the interesting saturate postmodern culture. They dominate the look of its art and commodities as well as our discourse about the ambivalent feelings these objects often inspire. In this radiant study, Sianne Ngai offers a theory of the aesthetic categories that most people use to process the hypercommodified, mass-mediated, performance-driven world of late capitalism, treating them with the same seriousness philosophers have reserved for analysis of the beautiful and the sublime.

Ngai explores how each of these aesthetic categories expresses conflicting feelings that connect to the ways in which postmodern subjects work, exchange, and consume. As a style of performing that takes the form of affective labor, the zany is bound up with production and engages our playfulness and our sense of desperation.

The interesting is tied to the circulation of discourse and inspires interest but also boredom. The cute’s involvement with consumption brings out feelings of tenderness and aggression simultaneously. At the deepest level, Ngai argues, these equivocal categories are about our complex relationship to performing, information, and commodities.

5. Invitation to a Beheading

Author: by Vladimir Nabokov
240 pages

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Like Kafka’s The Castle, Invitation to a Beheading embodies a vision of a bizarre and irrational world. In an unnamed dream country, the young man Cincinnatus C. Is condemned to death by beheading for “gnostical turpitude,” an imaginary crime that defies definition.

Cincinnatus spends his last days in an absurd jail, where he is visited by chimerical jailers, an executioner who masquerades as a fellow prisoner, and by his in-laws, who lug their furniture with them into his cell. When Cincinnatus is led out to be executed, he simply wills his executioners out of existence: they disappear, along with the whole world they inhabit.

6. Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction

Author: by Christopher Butler
Oxford University Press
152 pages

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Postmodernism has become the buzzword of contemporary society over the last decade. But how can it be defined? In this highly readable introduction the mysteries of this most elusive of concepts are unraveled, casting a critical light upon the way we live now, from the politicizing of museumculture to the cult of the politically correct.

The key postmodernist ideas are explored and challenged, as they figure in the theory, philosophy, politics, ethics and artwork of the period, and it is shown how they have interacted within a postmodernist culture. About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life’s most interesting topics.

Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundredsof key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

7. Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination

Author: by Avery F. Gordon
Univ Of Minnesota Press
272 pages

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Avery Gordon’s stunningly original and provocatively imaginative book explores the connections linking horror, history, and haunting. George LipsitzThe text is of great value to anyone working on issues pertaining to the fantastic and the uncanny. American Studies InternationalGhostly Matters immediately establishes Avery Gordon as a leader among her generation of social and cultural theorists in all fields.

The sheer beauty of her language enhances an intellectual brilliance so daunting that some readers will mark the day they first read this book. One must go back many more years than most of us can remember to find a more important book.

Charles LemertDrawing on a range of sources, including the fiction of Toni Morrison and Luisa Valenzuela (He Who Searches), Avery Gordon demonstrates that past or haunting social forces control present life in different and more complicated ways than most social analysts presume.

Written with a power to match its subject, Ghostly Matters has advanced the way we look at the complex intersections of race, gender, and class as they traverse our lives in sharp relief and shadowy manifestations.Avery F. Gordon is professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

8. Hollywood's Eve: Eve Babitz and the Secret History of L.A.

Author: by Lili Anolik
288 pages

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ONE OF NPR’S BEST BOOKS OF 2019 I practically snorted this book, stayed up all night with it. Anolik decodes, ruptures, and ultimately intensifies Eve’s singular irresistible glitz. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker The Eve Babitz book I’ve been waiting for.

What emerges isn’t just a portrait of a writer, but also of Los Angeles: sprawling, melancholic, and glamorous. Stephanie Danler, author of SweetbitterLos Angeles in the 1960s and 70s was the pop culture capital of the worlda movie factory, a music factory, a dream factory.

Eve Babitz was the ultimate factory girl, a pure product of LA. The goddaughter of Igor Stravinsky and a graduate of Hollywood High, Babitz posed in 1963, at age twenty, playing chess with the French artist Marcel Duchamp. She was naked; he was not.

The photograph, cheesecake with a Dadaist twist, made her an instant icon of art and sex. Babitz spent the rest of the decade rocking and rolling on the Sunset Strip, honing her notoriety. There were the album covers she designed: for Buffalo Springfield and the Byrds, to name but a few.

9. In The Year 2020

Author: by Dani Quattrone
32 pages

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“In The Year 2020” is a fictional children’s book that takes place in Lucia, an animal world , where the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic serves as a catalyst to bring everyone together to work on eradicating the virus and solving many of the other pressing issues that our world is facing.

This ultimately leads to a better, healthier world. It is filled with colorful, beautiful, detailed, and captivating illustrations that are perfect for children of every age group. This story may take place in animal world, but its message is sure to inspire anyone who reads it that working to make our planet a safe, inclusive, and happy home for us all is always worth it!

The sound of laughter,the sight of togetherness,the taste of love,the feeling of hope,now fills up our world.

10. The Master and Margarita (Everyman's Library Contemporary Classics Series)

Author: by Michail Bulgakov
488 pages

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The underground masterpiece of twentieth-century Russian fiction, Mikhail Bulgakov’s THE MASTER AND MARGARITA was written during Stalin’s regime and could not be published until many years after its author’s death. When the devil arrives in 1930s Moscow, consorting with a retinue of odd associatesincluding a talking black cat, an assassin, and a beautiful naked witchhis antics wreak havoc among the literary elite of the world capital of atheism.

Meanwhile, the Master, author of an unpublished novel about Jesus and Pontius Pilate, languishes in despair in a pyschiatric hospital, while his devoted lover, Margarita, decides to sell her soul to save him. As Bulgakov’s dazzlingly exuberant narrative weaves back and forth between Moscow and ancient Jerusalem, studded with scenes ranging from a giddy Satanic ball to the murder of Judas in Gethsemane, Margarita’s enduring love for the Master joins the strands of plot across space and time.

11. Methodology of the Oppressed

Author: by Chela Sandoval
Univ Of Minnesota Press
232 pages

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In a work with far-reaching implications, Chela Sandoval does no less than revise the genealogy of theory over the past thirty years, inserting what she terms “U.S. Third World feminism” into the narrative in a way that thoroughly alters our perspective on contemporary culture and subjectivity.

What Sandoval has identified is a language, a rhetoric of resistance to postmodern cultural conditions.U. S liberation movements of the post-World War II era generated specific modes of oppositional consciousness. Out of these emerged a new activity of consciousness and language Sandoval calls the “methodology of the oppressed”. This methodology – born of the strains of the cultural and identity struggles that currently mark global exchange – holds out the possibility of a new historical moment, a new citizen-subject, and a new form of alliance consciousness and politics.

Utilizing semiotics and U.S. Third World feminist criticism, Sandoval demonstrates how this methodology mobilizes love as a category of critical analysis. Rendering this approach in all its specifics, Methodology of the Oppressed gives rise to an alternative mode of criticism opening new perspectives on a theoretical, literary, aesthetic, social movement, or psychic expression.

12. Reading Between the Lines (Redesign): A Christian Guide to Literature (Turning Point Christian Worldview Series)

Author: by Gene Edward Veith Jr.
256 pages

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A guidebook for those who want to cultivate literary taste knowing how to recognize and benefit from books that are spiritually and aesthetically good. Literary expert Gene Veith helps book lovers better understand what they read as he explains how each major literary genre communicates.

Showing how comedy, tragedy, realism, and fantasy can portray the Christian worldview, Veith delves into related topics such as the value of fairy tales, the tragic and the comic sense of life, the contrast between the classical and the Hebraic traditions, and the role of postmodernity (a subject of vital importance to Christians).

Introducing readers to writers past and present, Veith helps Christians to influence culture from an educated perspective and get more out of their reading.

13. Spoofing the Modern: Satire in the Harlem Renaissance

Author: by Darryl Dickson-Carr
July 6, 2015

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Spoofing the Modern is the first book devoted solely to studying the role satire played in the movement known as the “New Negro,” or Harlem, Renaissance from 1919 to 1940. As the first era in which African American writers and artists enjoyed frequent access to and publicity from major New York-based presses, the Harlem Renaissance helped the talents, concerns, and criticisms of African Americans to reach a wider audience in the 1920s and 1930s.

These writers and artists joined a growing chorus of modernity that frequently resonated in the caustic timbre of biting satire and parody. The Harlem Renaissance was simultaneously the first major African American literary movement of the twentieth century and the first major blooming of satire by African Americans.

Such authors as folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, poet Langston Hughes, journalist George S. Schuyler, writer-editor-poet Wallace Thurman, physician Rudolph Fisher, and artist Richard Bruce Nugent found satire an attractive means to criticize not only American racism, but also the trials of American culture careening toward modernity.