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The Ancients and the Postmoderns
by Jameson, Fredric

ISBN: 9781781685938
PUBLISHER: Verso Books
FORMAT: Hardback
PAGES: 320
DIMENSIONS: 23.5 x 15.6 x 2.8 centimetres 1.2 pounds

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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