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Contemporary theory is full of references to the modern and the postmodern. How useful are these terms? What exactly do they mean? And how is our sense of these terms changing under the pressure of feminist analysis?

In Doing Time, Rita Felski argues that it makes little sense to think of the modern and postmodern as opposing or antithetical terms. Rather, we need a histori
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by New York University Press (first published 2000)
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Isadora Wagner
Oct 13, 2013 Isadora Wagner rated it it was amazing
I found this book super helpful for breaking down contemporary debates in literary theory and intellectual thought. Always amazingly cogent, critically reflexive and historically informed, Felski traces the contours of philosophical and political thought informing the critical stances of literature and culture studies specialists today. The collection of nine essays quickly and succinctly dissects not only the contributions but the problems of various critical approaches, showing not only how th ...more
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Jun 29, 2015 Ben Adams rated it really liked it
Felski's characteristic style, which can express a complex range of intellectual and philosophical ideas with engaging clarity, is here devoted to a series of essays centering around the related themes of time, feminism, modernity and postmodern culture. Content wise, these essays also reflect Felski's balanced approach - she represents that rare kind of academic who can summarize multiple perspectives on a given issue, without abandoning the sense that she, herself, has a position and opinions ...more
Casey Wynhoff
Jul 22, 2014 Casey Wynhoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though there were some essays that I think could have been stronger, Felski demonstrated her knack for giving excellent consideration of important critical ideas and movements. Her introduction especially gives one of the most useful summaries/reflections on the meaning of postmodernism I have ever read. Her text asks strong questions--though it makes no pretense to answer them--and her discussion on the nature of time, gender, and class is insightful.
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Rita Felski is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English at the University of Virginia, and editor of New Literary History. Felski is a prominent scholar in the fields of aesthetics and literary theory, feminist theory, modernity and postmodernity, and cultural studies.

Felski received an honors degree in French and German literature from Cambridge University and her PhD from the Department of Ge
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