By Joseph P. Natoli
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As a result the existential sources of the primary thrust of the postmodern literary imagination have been obscured, thus jeopardizing the . . post-World War II impulse . . to engage literature in an ontological dialogue with the world in behalf of the recovery of the authentic historicity of modern man (Spanos 1972, 165-66). For Spanos, Modernist literature is iconic, indulges in a "religioaesthetic withdrawal from existential time into the eternal simultaneity of essential art" (Spanos 1972, 158), and only that literature deserves the name Post-modernist that accepts contingent historicity from an existential point of view.
Köhler's survey is the best, although, as will appear, not corn- < previous page page_26 If you like this book, buy it! html6/19/2010 2:53:38 PM next page > page_27 < previous page page_27 next page > Page 27 plete history of the term Postmodernism, and the article of Hoffmann et al. is a successful effort to systematize and analyse the various uses of the term at the time of writing. " (1980) although I do not propose to follow Martin's systematization in the discussion that will follow. My pluralist approachto abuse a term that is gaining more and more importance in descriptions of Postmodernismwill predictably lead to an equally pluralist postmodern Weltanschauung.
Jabès, Un Etranger avec, sous le bras, un livre de petit format, (Paris: Gallimard, 1989), pp. 112-15. 6. Rorty, Contingency, Irony and Solidarity, p. 87. 7. Cf. William Peter Blatty, The Exorcistfirst published by Blond & Briggs in 1972here quoted from the London Corgi edition of 1974; David Seltzer, The Omen (London: Futura Books, 1976). 8. Rorty, Contingency, Irony and Solidarity, p. 80. 9. Hans Magnus Enzensberger, "Back in the USSR," New Statesman and Society 10 November 1989, p. 29. < previous page page_24 If you like this book, buy it!
A Postmodern Reader by Joseph P. Natoli