Tag: postmodernism

The End of Exemptions for Beauty


The WTC attack considered as a conflict between open and closed systems, a one-system people and a many-system people.

Literal Art


John Cayley dadas up the digital, revealing similarities of type across two normally separate, unequal categories: image and text. “Neither lines nor pixels but letters,” finally, unite.

Skin Deep: Lynne Tillman's American Genius, A Comedy


“Like skin, the comma both connects and divides.” Peter Nicholls traces Tillman’s endlessly subordinating, endlessly equivocating sentences, showing how their quest for historical and social clarity passes through an interminable sequence of deferral and denial.

Black Postmodernism


Amy J. Elias reviews Madhu Dubey’s second book Signs and Cities: Black Literary Postmodernism and gauges the argument that we can locate within literary history a distinctive African American strain of postmodernism.

The Database, the Interface, and the Hypertext: A Reading of Strickland's V


Reading Stephanie Strickland’s V: Losing L’una/WaveSon.nets/Vniverse, Jaishree Odin explores the implications of the paradigm shift from modernity to postmodernity for our understanding of reading, writing and living.

The Gesture of Explanation Without Intelligibility: Ronald Schleifer's Analogical Thinking


Stephen Hawkins reviews Ronald Schleifer’s Analogical Thinking, arguing that despite Schleifer’s attempts at interdisciplinarity, his book falls short of a truly collaborative approach.

The Riddling Effect: Rules and Unruliness in the Work of Harry Mathews


Michael Boyden reflects on the stubborn and idiosyncratic fiction of Harry Mathews and introduces a new ebr gathering of work on and by Mathews.

Finding Holes in the Whole


Jacob Edmond reviews Brian McHale’s The Obligation toward the Difficult Whole.

"History is not what happened but what we think about it"


Further on McElroy and a novel that reflects the mind’s helter-skelter workings while (for the protagonist) creating many occasions for avoidance.

Stream of Thought


On the occasion of a new novel by Joseph McElroy and the Overlook Press reissue of McElroy’s earlier work, Andrew Walser initiates a revaluation.