By Gerhard Hoffmann
During this accomplished and systematic learn, Hoffman discusses the postmodern American novel in its old, cultural and aesthetic context among 1960 and 1980.
His review of a few of the definitions of postmodernism, philosophy, cultural conception and aesthetics presents the framework for his inquiry into extra particular questions, similar to the connection among aesthetics and ethics; the transformation of the creative culture; the interdependence among modernism and postmodernism; and the swap within the aesthetics of fiction.
He additionally addresses situationalism, montage, the standard and the glorious, the topic and the nature, the mind's eye, and the way forward for postmodern techniques within the works of postmodern novelists and their successors. Hoffman has been writing approximately postmodernism on the grounds that 1978 and is the writer and editor of numerous works on that topic.
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The experimental visual arts, for instance, make use of the (in terms of modernist art) “anti-aesthetic” aestheticization of the environment, its images, formulas, icons, clichés, and lifestyles, as a source of replenishment — transforming them, however, in the process. The Pop artists of the early Sixties, painters like Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rosenquist, and the forerunner of Pop art, Rauschenberg, employ the clichéd promises and floating images of the cultural media, while at the same time they ironize them.
Completely, openly, at once” (1970, 282- 83, 86-87). This is an assessment of art’s merit as construction of undeceiving experience that would be shared by most of the postmodern writers, and that also reveals, in spite of all the changes in the cultural and artistic climate, the continuity between aesthetic modernism and postmodernism in their appraisal of art’s autonomy and its function of revealing the social deficits of knowledge and understanding, hereby stressing the fragility, the framing, and the distortion of knowledge, the importance and limitation of point of view, and the multiplicity of every word and sentence.
The term was used in architecture and literature to describe a new, anti-modern sensibility and style (Susan Sontag, Leslie Fiedler). In the second stage, at the end of the Sixties, an attempt was made to define postmodernism more rigorously as an overall cultural, social, and political phenomenon and to characterize it, in contrast to an allegedly exhausted and surpassed modernism, as a new stage of human culture and civilization (Hassan). While for instance modernism is defined by rationality, transcendence, continuity, and depth, postmodernism is said to be characterized by irrationality, immanence, discontinuity or difference, and surface.
From Modernism to Postmodernism: Concepts and Strategies of Postmodern American Fiction (Postmodern Studies 38) (Textxet Studies in Comparative Literature) by Gerhard Hoffmann