Annoying postmodernists

Dr. George Snedeker snedeker at SPAMconcentric.net
Sun Mar 25 08:35:02 MST 2001



see THE POSTMODERN TURN by Frederick Jameson, Verso.  Jameson argues that we
can learn something from postmodernism. there is also a book by Terry
Eagleton which is parrallel to the kind of treatment Woods gives.
"postmodernism" is in the title. sorry I can't remember the exact title or
publisher. there is also a book by John O'Neil called THE POVERTY OF
POSTMODERNISM Verso or Routledge?THE POSTMODERN TURN is good because it
gives Jameson's position in a series of short essays rather than his tome
POSTMODERNISM OR THE CULTURAL LOGIC OF   LATE CAPITALISM. is your class in
sociology, literature or philosophy?

George
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From: Amanda Tattersall <amandatatts at hotmail.com>
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Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2001 11:32 AM
Subject: Annoying postmodernists


> Hi,
>
> I am having a little trouble.  My honours class is almost filled to the
brim
> with 'pomo'/foucauldian post-structuralists, always keen to point out how
> 'totalising' a Marxist analysis is ... blah blah blah.
>
> I was wondering if people knew of good critiques of postmodernism from a
> Marxist perspective that either claim to have 'learnt something' from this
> perspective, or destroy the theoretical apparatus that it attempts to
> construct.  I am sorry if this is a very old and boring topic - its just
> that I want some material to help establish that a substantive analysis
(and
> indeed a class analysis) is a vitial component of transformative theory.
> Specifically on this, do people know of any works/writers that provide a
> similar analysis to Ellen Meskins Woods analysis of post-marxism, but
> dealing with postmodernism.
>
> The other thing I was wondering was if there were any critiques of
> deconstruction - that look at it from the perspective of an incomplete and
> malformed dialectic.
>
> Thanks,
> Amanda
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