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The Ancients and the Postmoderns : On the Historicity of Forms, Paperback / softback Book

The Ancients and the Postmoderns : On the Historicity of Forms Paperback / softback


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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 304 pages, 8 page colour plate section
  • Publisher: Verso Books
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  • Category: Literary theory
  • ISBN: 9781784782955

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