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Ihab Hassan on Postmodernism

Ihab Hassan on Postmodernism

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Lit 365: Morrison Ihab Hassan on Postmodernism

What is postmodernism? Is it an historical era? Is it a specific movement in the arts? It is an artistic sensibility? A set of philosophical precepts? How does it differ from modernism? Theorist Ihab Hassan famously divided modernism and postmodernism along the following lines. We will discuss these differences in detail in class. For now, think about these issues/characteristics as you read my translation of Furukawa Hideo’s postmodern work “Now There Is Neither Purity Nor Defilement” (2012).

Modernism (late 19th c. - late 1940’s)

Postmodernism (1950’s - present)

Romanticism / Symbolism Form (conjunctive, closed) Purpose Design Hierarchy Mastery / Logos Art Object / Finished Work Distance Creation/Totalization /Synthesis Presence Centering Genre / Boundary Semantics Paradigm Hypotaxis Metaphor Selection Root / Depth Interpretation / Reading

Pataphysics / Dadaism Antiform (disjunctive, open) Play Chance Anarchy Exhaustion / Silence Process / Performance / Happening Participation Decreation /Deconstruction /Antithesis Absence Dispersal Text / Intertext Rhetoric Syntagm Parataxis Metonymy Combination Rhizome / Surface Against Interpretation / Misreading

Signified Lisible Narrative / Grand Histoire Master Code Type Genital / Phallic Paranoia God the Father Metaphysics Determinacy Transcendence

Signifier Scriptible Anti-narrative / Petite Histoire Idiolect Mutant Polymorphous / Androgynous Schizophrenia The Holy Ghost Irony Indeterminacy Immanence

Source: Ihab Hassan, “Toward a Concept of Postmodernism” (From The Postmodern Turn, 1987). http://bit.ly/VSzAkm.

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