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Bodies at Risk : Unsafe Limits in Romanticism and Postmodernism (Suny Series in Postmodern Culture)

Bodies at Risk : Unsafe Limits in Romanticism and Postmodernism 
by Robert Burns Neveldine

 

Bookend : Anatomies of a Virtual Self (Suny Series in Postmodern Culture.)

Bookend : Anatomies of a Virtual Self 
by Joe Amato

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Space and Social Theory:  Interpreting Modernity and PostmodernitySpace and Social Theory : Interpreting Modernity and Postmodernity  by Georges Benko (Editor), Ulf Strohmayer (Contributor).

The last decade has been a decade of tremendous change across the board of the human and social sciences. Ancient certainties, trusted ideologies and tested methods all came under immense pressure once so-called 'postmodern' ideas and concepts gained wider currency particularly among those with an interest in social theory. No longer content with framing social reality according to the logic of one core metaphor, the human and social sciences both rediscovered the local particularity of truth where hitherto a general explanation was deemed sufficient. In short: the revitalizing and formative power of 'space' was acknowledged once again. More than ten years into the debate, the present collection of original essays seeks to assess both the impact and current state of the debate around postmodernism and the spatial social sciences. It aims not at solving contradictions and differences within the debate since such a claim would be both fruitless and immature; rather, it seeks to demonstrate the diversity of interpretations that has come about by the mutual discovery of postmodern discourses and human geography since the mid 1980s. Celebrations of Postmodernity, the insistence of a continuation of modernity, interpretations of globally-emerging postmodern spaces, even the call for an analysis of hypermodernity thus coexist in the collection at hand. In-between the essays, a new discursive agenda for the spatial human sciences emerges: not to pave the way for a new orthodoxy but simply to allow for the recognition of new ideas taking root in today's academic environment. This book is at once critical, provocative and accessible. It will be widely welcomed by advanced students of spatial and social theory in geography and related disciplines..

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Critical Theory and related fields

Crasis.com aims to combine the best textual and visual resources with the best online resources in Critical Theory, Cultural Theory, Literary Theory, Feminist Theory, Ecocriticism, Post-Feminist Theory, Gender Theory, Music Theory, Queer Theory, Postmodernism, and related subjects.

 

Philosophy and Civil Society

Original Contribution AwardBy Tom Bridges, Philosophy and Religion Department, Montclair State University.

This site is devoted to the philosophical examination of the nature of civil society and civic culture in general. More specifically, it addresses the contemporary crisis of liberal democratic civic culture in the postmodern period. 

 

Literary Theory Resources

This page is part of the Literary Resources collection maintained by Jack Lynch.  Search Engine included. 

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Pulp Culture:  Writing the Social

Maintained by Kelley Walker, Ken Mackendrick, Kirsten Nielsen, and Jordan Hayes.  This guide to theory on the internet.  The focus is "Writing the Social" in and through the inextricably intertwined nexus of theory/research/praxis. In particular, this project emphasizes theory, though very broadly understood to  encompass a range of thinkers --from Suzie Bright to Habermas to Zizek. 

Pages devoted to individual theorists aren't  merely "links to sites on the net," but are organized:  

  • biography
  • bibliography
  • research archives
  • webliography, primary sources
  • webliography, secondary sources [focusing on the thinker]
  • webliography, secondary sources [critiques/extensions of the scholars work]
  • interviews
  • teaching resources [syllabi, lecture notes]
  • official pages
  • tribute pages
  • organizations/institutes

This ambitious project aims to provide a fully annotated guide to theory / research / praxis on the internet. 

 

Cyberspace, Hypertext and Critical Theory

Site maintained by George Landow.  This website consists largely of elaborate student projects, some containing several hundred documents and images. If you want to know how the new reading and writing are taking form, have a look.

 

Postmodern Therapies News

Lois Shawver

Postmodern Therapies News.  This site reports on the philosophical discussions of therapists, philosophers, and social scientists who are influenced by postmodernism.

 

Postmodern Culture Journal

Postmodern Culture is an electronic journal of interdisciplinary studies. We hope to open the discussion of postmodernism to a wide audience, and to new and different participants. We feel that the electronic text is more amenable to revision, and that it fosters conversation more than printed publications can. Postmodern Culture can accommodate, and will include, different kinds of writing, from traditional analytical essays and reviews to video scripts and other new literary forms.

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PMC2 is Postmodern Culture's text-based virtual reality facility, a combination conference center and theme park. It offers the opportunity to converse in real time with others interested in postmodernism, and it hosts its own (internally distributed) e-mail discussion groups and archives.

 

Theorizing:   Feminism and Postmodernity- A Conversation with Linda Hutcheon

One of the most respected and renown of Canada's theorists provides lucid and succinct analyses of the most slippery of topics -- parody, irony, aesthetics. An interview by Kathleen O'Grady, Trinity College, University of Cambridge.

 

The UC Irvine Critical Theory Resource

Developed in conjunction with the University's Critical Theory Institute and the Annual Wellek Library Lectures in Critical Theory Series, it contains extensive scholarly bibliographies that can be browsed and searched. Hélène Cixous lectured in this series in 1990, leading to the collection Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing (New York: Columbia University Press, 1993).

 

Foreign Body

foreign body is perhaps least badly defined as a deconstructive fanzine. Its purpose is to spread, like a virus. It infects, breaks in, traverses; it gives you a start, in your heads: have you heard of hydrapoetics?

Since its inception as a zine in 1994, some 1751 days ago, foreign body has rapidly bugged the net. As a para-site, it hopes to host articles that not only fall between the stools of disciplines and cross political boundaries, but which will also subvert the empty traffic online, the telephatic chatter hollowed out by calculable feedback effects of tamed media.

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University of Colorado at Denver

Extensive site covering Postmodern philosophy, critical theory, cultural theory, etc.   

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After Postmodernism

After postmodernism? Is postmodernism over -- already? No, not quite; there is a deliberate double meaning in "after" postmodernism.

 

Philosophy and Civil Society:  Inventing Postmodern Civic Culture

This site is owned, produced and maintained by Tom Bridges, Philosophy and Religion Department, Montclair State University.  Tom Bridges is the author of The Culture of Citizenship: Inventing Postmodern Civic Culture (SUNY Press, 1994).

This site is devoted to the philosophical examination of the nature of civil society and civic culture in general. More specifically, it addresses the contemporary crisis of liberal democratic civic culture in the postmodern period. 

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  • ISSUE ONE: What comes after postmodernism? The standpoint known as "postmodernism" (or, better, hypermodernism) is a dead-end. Yet a return to Enlightenment rationalism is impossible. Is there a path that will take us beyond this impasse?
  • ISSUE TWO: Western culture in the clash of civilizations. The West today is losing irretrievably its former global hegemony and is increasingly challenged economically and culturally by East Asian and Islamic civilizations. The universalism of Enlightenment culture long blinded the West to the particularism of its own liberal democratic values. Can these values be reformulated in such a way as to strengthen particularistic cultural identity of the West in the face of the challenges that non-Western civilizations are bound to pose in the future?
  • ISSUE THREE: The postmodern reconstruction of personal life. The modernist liberal moral ideals of authenticity and autonomy have shaped personal life in Europe and America for almost three hundred years. These moral ideals were grounded in and supported by Enlightenment civic culture and make little sense apart from it. What new ideals of personal life will replace the ideals of authenticity and autonomy in post-Enlightenment Western culture?

Artaud Website

A bibliography, a slideshow gallery, excerpts from pivotal texts by and on Artaud, and a list of links to other related sources are among the information offered here: take your pick. 

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