Redefining Modernism and Postmodernism
Editor: Şebnem Toplu and Hubert Zapf
Date Of Publication: Aug 2010
Literary and cultural studies in the later twentieth century were very much shaped by debates about modernism and postmodernism as labels for successive periods, but also for different competing interpretations of recent cultural history. In the twenty-first century, the shock waves that were sent through the global system on political, cultural, economic, and ecological levels by terrorist attacks, regional conflicts, poverty, the financial crisis and the threat of environmental disaster raise anew the question of how and to what extent the tradition of modernity can be newly defined in a situation where the problematic aspects of these ideas have rightly been exposed, but where they nevertheless appear to be crucial for any responsible assessment of contemporary world culture and its future perspectives.
Redefining Modernism and Postmodernism offers a collection of critical articles that resulted from the International Cultural Studies Symposium at Ege University, Izmir, Turkey in 2009. Scholars from around the world have contributed to this volume reflecting the current perspective on modernism and postmodernism, shedding new light on literature, literary theory, philosophy, politics, religion, film and art. Providing an account of this field, this book enables readers to navigate the subject by introducing essays on transformations of modernism and postmodernism in the twenty-first century, and the debates beyond the modernism/postmodernism dichotomy.
Şebnem Toplu is Associate Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature, and Department Head of English Translation Studies at Ege University, Turkey. She is the author of Cultural Materialism: Text and Context Relation in Jane Austen’s Works (2001) and Diverse Aspects of Italy and Italians in Contemporary British Literature (2001), and the editor of Interactions.
Hubert Zapf is Professor and Chair of American Literature at Augsburg University, Germany. Among his publications are Literatur als kulturelle Ökologie (Niemeyer, Tübingen 2002), Amerikanische Literaturgeschichte (Metzler, Stuttgart, ed. 2004), Kulturökologie und Literatur (Winter, Heidelberg, ed. 2008), and “Literary Ecology and the Ethics of Texts” (New Literary History, 2008).
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