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Post-Postmodernism: or, The Cultural Logic of Just-in-Time Capitalism
Post-Postmodernism begins with a simple premise: we no longer live in the world of "postmodernism," famously dubbed "the cultural logic of late capitalism" by Fredric Jameson in 1984. Far from charting any simple move "beyond" postmodernism since the 1980s, though, this book argues that we've experienced an intensification of postmodern capitalism over the past decades, an ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published August 1st 2012 by Stanford University Press
(first published July 11th 2012)
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Nealon's book is a surprisingly easy read (as far as criticism goes) considering the perplexing area(s) of postmodernism he is taking on. In a sense, aside from a few lesser critiques by the likes of Terry Eagleton and Alan Kirby, postmodernism has remained pretty much the culture dominant - mostly because nobody seems to be able to move past it; Nealon's book is at the very least that - a move past. Unfortunately, he remains far too beholden to the postmodern forebears (in spite of some pretty ...more
I agree with Nealon, we live in an age where various trends that emerged in economics and politics during the 1980s are intensifying. The terms imperialism and globalization have been awkward at best, at least when used in the last 5 years. What is currently happening, as Nealon theorizes, is a multiplication, almost logarithmically, of conservatism, Reagonomics, neoliberalism, neo-fascism, consumerism, the basic selling out of everything. Nealon jokes about Derrida being co-opted, and while I c ...more
Jeffrey T. Nealon is Professor of English at Penn State University. He is the author of "Double Reading: Postmodernism after Deconstruction" (1993), "Alterity Politics: Ethics and Performative Subjectivity" (1998), and "The Theory Toolbox" (2003).