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Writing about literary criticism
Created 13 Oct 2019
  • #7.1: You're Gonna Need A Newer Historicism
    01 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Hey what's up. This is part 7 of my ongoing series summarizing Fredric Jameson's Postmodernism, or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. To see previous entries in this series, check out the archive...
  • #6: Bodies and Spaces
    25 Aug 2021 • 8 min read
    Chapter 6: Utopianism After the End of Utopia Robert Gober’s Untitled Installation (1988) Ballard So up until now, we've been talking a lot about the particular problems that the postmodern poses to i...
  • #5: Nice Labour Dude. Mind If I Alienate It
    11 Aug 2021 • 7 min read
    Chapter 5: Reading and the division of Labour Conducting Bodies This chapter is structured around a discussion of the novelist Claude Simon and the nouveau roman (or "The New Novel"). Nouveau roman is...
  • #4: The Gehry of Sixty-First
    04 Aug 2021 • 10 min read
    Chapter 4: Spatial Equivalents in the World System The Gehry Residence wrapping So as we've repeatedly noted, the basic character of postmodernism is the centrality of the image, and a problem that th...
  • #3: Watching the TV
    28 Jul 2021 • 11 min read
    Chapter 3: Surrealism Without the Unconscious Nam June Paik’s “T.V. Garden” (2000) The materiality of culture Jameson starts this one off with a little heat for leftist twitter guys: As a result of "C...
  • #2: Historicize My Ass (I Won't Historicize)
    21 Jul 2021 • 5 min read
    Chapter 2: Theories of the Postmodern From Charles Jencks’ “Cells of Life” Modernism vs. Postmodernism This chapter opens with a kind of overview of the critical discourse on "postmodernism,” which Ja...
  • #1: What Are Those
    14 Jul 2021 • 9 min read
    Introduction From the outset, Jameson’s Postmodernism is positioned as an examination of "a series of semiautonomous and relatively independent traits or features"(x) of Postmodernism, all tethered to...
  • #0: Which Way Postmodern Man
    07 Jul 2021 • 3 min read
    Warhol’s “Diamond Dust Shoes” (1980) Last year I taught Donald Barthelme’s story "The Phantom of the Opera's Friend" as an example of postmodernism. I pointed out how it interpolates both the Gaston L...
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