U.S. Intellectual History Blog

Postmodernism: The Sequel?

Last week, The Chronicle Review published a forum marking “the 35 years since Fredric Jameson’s New Left Review essay ‘Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism’ — and the 40 years since the publication of Jean-François Lyotard’s The Postmodern Condition.” The piece is paywalled, so I thought I’d briefly describe some of its contents for the USIH readership and then offer a few thoughts of my own. The forum canvasses ten scholars’ reflections on the place of postmodernism in contemporary culture. Some are defensive, some are dismissive, some are analytical, some are perplexed. A few acknowledge the way that Read more