The Postmodern Condition by Jean-Francois Lyotard; Geoff Bennington (Translator); Brian Massumi (Translator); Frederic Jameson (Introduction by)
Call Number: MAIN BD162 .L913 1984
Publication Date: 1984-03-01
The field : knowledge in computerized societies -- The problem : legitimation -- The method : language games -- The nature of the social bond : the modern alternative -- The nature of the social bond : the postmodern perspective -- The pragmatics of narrative knowledge -- The pragmatics of scientific knowledge -- The narrative function and the legitimation of knowledge -- Narratives of the legitimation of knowledge -- Delegitimation -- Research and its legitimation through performativity -- Education and its legitimation through performativity -- Postmodern science as the search for instabilities -- Legitimation by paralogy -- Appendix : Answering the question : what is postmodernism.
Highly sensitive to these negative aspects, many of Murakami Haruki's narrators and characters experience emotional and rational detachment both from themselves and from the events taking place around them. These characters display a paradigm shift from modernism to postmodernism, from an obsession with evolution and love to an indifferent egalitarianism based on fairness or justice without force.
Previous studies have suggested that individual psychological differences may shape preferences for broad narrative genres, but these studies have not examined preferences for specific genres. The present study sought to overcome this limitation by examining the individual difference antecedents of preferences for relatively complex surrealist texts.
This essay studies the reminiscences on James Joyce published by the former surrealist writer and critic Philippe Soupault (1897-1990), who participated in the collaborative French translation of the "Anna Livia Plurabelle" chapter of Joyce's "Work in Progress." It argues that Soupault's writings on Joyce constitute a theory of avant-garde productivity modeled less on the experimental quality of Joycean prose than on Joyce's work ethic.
A literary criticism is presented of the Irish 2010 novel "The Dead Republic," by Roddy Doyle. An overview of the book's depiction of Irish identity within the context of globalization is provided. The book's protagonist Henry Smart's cyborg body, including in regard to its posthumanist aspects, is discussed.
This paper analyzes the rhetoric of futurity at work in a number of texts dealing with the "posthuman future of humanity." It follows these texts in an attempt to historicize such a future in relation to human history. But it also identifies an overwhelming temporal contradiction at the heart of their discourse: that the posthuman is already with us even as it remains to come.
This essay suggests a queer reading of the poem “My Japanese Fan” by American children’s writer Laura Richards. Published in 1890, the poem stands out as conspicuously queer even today. While describing a Japanese figure of ambiguous gender, the poem outlines for its young readers terms for defining sexual identity that lie outside mainstream binary thinking; that it does so without any attempt at establishing gender hierarchy is remarkable.
This article explores the queer qualities of feminist scientist Donna Haraway's 'A Cyborg Manifesto' (1985). In the first part, the article investigates the similarities between 'A Cyborg Manifesto' and the ideas circulating in queer theory, including the hybridity of identity, and the disruption of totalizing social categories such as 'Gay man' and 'Woman'. In the second part, it is argued that 'A Cyborg Manifesto' evinced a decolonial feminist form of queerness.
Understanding Media : The Extensions of Man by Marshall McLuhan
Call Number: MAIN P90.M26 1964
Medium is the message -- Media hot and cold -- Reversal of the overheated medium -- The gadget lover: Narcissus as narcosis -- Hybrid energy: les liaisons dangereuses -- Media as translators -- Challenge and collapse: the nemesis of creativity -- The spoken word: flower of evil? -- The written word: an eye for an ear -- Roads and paper routes -- Number: profile of the crowd -- Clothing: our extended skin -- Housing: new look and new outlook -- Money: the poor man's credit card -- Clocks: the scent of time -- The print: how to dig it -- Comics: Mad vestibule to TV -- The printed word: architect of nationalism -- Wheel, bicycle, and airplane -- The photograph: the brothel-without-walls -- Press: government by news leak -- Motorcar: the mechanical bride -- Ads: keeping upset with the Joneses -- Games: the extensions of man -- Telegraph: the social hormone -- The typewriter: into the age of the iron whim -- The telephone: sounding brass or tinkling symbol? -- The phonograph: the toy that shrank the national chest -- Movies: the reel world -- Radio: the tribal drum -- Television: the timid giant -- Weapons: war of the icons -- Automation: learning a living.
Visual and Other Pleasures by Laura Mulvey
Call Number: MAIN PN1995.9.W6 M84 1989
Publication Date: 1989-04-01
Afterthoughts on 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema' inspired by King Vidor's "Duel in the Sun"(1946) -- Notes on Sirk and melodrama -- Fassbinder and Sirk -- Images of women, images of sexuality: some films by J.L. Godard -- Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti -- Dialogue with spectatorship: Barbara Druger and Victor Burgin -- Impending time: Mary Kelly's "Corpus" -- The Oedipus myth: beyond the riddles of the sphinx.
In the late 1980s, the popularity of Japanese media culture in Asia began to attract the attention of policy makers, while subsequent globalized practices of soft power and nation branding gave greater emphasis to the use of media culture to internationally enhance the image of the nation, which has meant the promotion of ‘pop-culture diplomacy’ and, more broadly, ‘Cool Japan’.
The article presents a psychological analysis of the role of women in 21st-century Japanese culture. Particular focus is given to gender roles and personal identity in Japanese society. Details on parental roles in Japanese culture, including the concept of amae, or dependency, are presented. Other topics include narcissism, masochism, materialism, and shame.
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami; Jay Rubin (Translator); Philip Gabriel (Translator)
Call Number: MAIN PL856.U673 A61213 2011
Publication Date: 2011-10-25
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami; Philip Gabriel (Translator)
Call Number: MAIN PL856.U673 S5513 2014
Publication Date: 2014-08-12
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami; Philip Gabriel (Translator)
he paper discusses the relation between technology and the female body in one of the most controversial books written by the Japanese writer Haruki Muramaki, 1Q84, starting from cyberpunk fiction and its perspective on the human body as one of the research directions put forth in my doctoral thesis Fenomenul Science fiction în cultura postmodernă (The science fiction phenomenon in postmodern culture). Somewhere between science fiction and realistic literature, the novel 1Q84 approaches one of the most interesting issues of the contemporary world: the posthuman condition.
Reviving the late Raymond Williams’ concept of ‘structure of feeling’ to explore MPD/DID's suggestive relationship with late-model capitalism, this essay analyzes the dissociative motifs in Murakami Haruki's The wind-up bird chronicle (Nejimaki-dori kuronikuru, 1992–1995) as emblematic of everyday life in contemporary Japan.
Chiaki Takagi examines modern Japan's cultural formation from a new theoretical perspective by applying postcolonial theories to modern Japan. The author's goal is to rethink Japan's modernity, including its long-lasting "sengo" (postwar) period, by examining the works of Murakami Haruki. His works suggest that postwar Japanese society has been informed by a peculiar version of colonization. Takagi calls the application of postcolonial theories to Japanese society the "Japanization" of the postcolonial as well as of the postmodern.