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"Just What is it that makes today\'s home so different, so appealing?" (1956) - Richard Hamilton. Postmodernism: Significant Events August 6, 1945 - atomic explosion over Hiroshima, Japan The conclusion of World War II The Korean War (Conflict?) The Cold War of the 1950s
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"Just What is it that makes today\'s home so different, so appealing?" (1956) - Richard Hamilton
John Ashbery -- David Antin
Pop Art, Conceptual Art, Photorealism
John Cage, Philip Glass, the Clash, Talking Heads, Gang of Four
Vanguard film: Godard, etc. to Hollywood “nostalgia film”
Fiction: Burroughs, Pychnon, DeLillo, French new novel
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973)
Oil on canvas; 24 1/8 x 19 7/8 in. (61.3 x 50.5 cm)
(from:Barry, Peter. Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory. Second Edition. Manchester, 2002)
Anti-essentialism—many of the notions previously regarded as universal and fixed (gender identity, individual selfhood) are actually fluid and unstable. These are socially constructed or contingent categories rather than absolute or essential ones.
All thinking and investigation is affected by prior ideological commitments. There is no disinterested enquiry.
“Language itself conditions, limits, and predetermines what we see. Language doesn’t record reality but constructs it. Meaning in texts is jointly constructed by the reader and writer.
4. “Theorists distrust all totalizing notions” (great books, human nature)
politics is pervasive
language is constituative
Truth is provisional
Meaning is contingent
Human nature is a myth.
“Metafiction is a term given to fictional writing which self-consciously and systematically draws attention to its status as an artifact in order to pose questions about the relationship between fiction and reality. In providing a critique of their own methods of construction, such writings not only examine the fundamental structures of narrative fiction, they also explore the possible fictionality of the world outside the literary fictional text.”
(Patricia Waugh, courtesy of Patrick)
“a scream” a fight “Stop it!”
“Decides to take a quick bath” a golf club
a pair of underpants “are you being a good girl?”
“Dolly!” “Where’s Harry?” “peeping in”
“Hey! What’s going on here?” “Harry?”
“I’m just wrapped in a towel”
“I’ll spank!” “Something about a babysitter…”
a ringing telephone
“Maybe you better get in the tub too”
“They’re all dead”