Postmodern Theories and Texts        Images 1. left: Image: Lyotard List; 2. right:

Jean-Francois Lyotard:
The Postmodern Condition and the Postmodern Sublime
 (Excerpted E-Text of The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge)
General Argument, Background and Questions
The Postmodern Condition--
Important Quotes
The Postmodern Sublime
Relevant Links

 Jana Yi-wen Chien & Kate Liu

 Lyotard's General Arguments

 Background: Lyotard vs. Habermas & Jameson

Jameson from Forword, The Postmodern Condition

The Postmodern Condition-- Important Quotes
Lyotard, Francois. The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge. Trans. Geoff Bennington, et al.
              Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1984.
I. Computerized Society

"Knowledge in the form of an informational commodity indispensable to productive power is already, and will continue to be, a major - perhaps the major - stake in the worldwide competition for power." (5)

2. Language Games & Performance (Note: "I am not claiming that the entirety of social relations is of this nature -- that will remain an open question." 15)

3. Narrative of the Legitimation of Knowledge -- e.g. narrative of emancipation, narrative of Enlightenment.

4. Legitimation by Paralogy  and Performance

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Relevant Links
  1. *Lyotard Auto-Differend Page (a technical experiment and theoretical allegory; makes extensive use of client-pull animation to create a universe of automatic page sequences organized around the philosophy of Lyotard; REQUIRES Netscape 1.1 or later to activate client-pull sequences; Netscape 1.2b3 or later recommended for best results with color backgrounds) (Alan Liu)-- fun to read!
  2. *Jean Francois Lyotard's The Differend: Phrases in Dispute (Robert S. Leventhal, U. Virginia - Responses to the Holocaust: A Hypermedia Sourcebook for the Humanities)
  3. Jean-Fran?ois Lyotard (bibliography) (UC Irvine Critical Theory Resource/Eddie Yeghiayan, U. Calif. Irvine)
  4. Comprehensive Lyotard Bibliography
  5. Lyotard: Bibliography-in-Progress (Spoon Collective Lyotard List)
  6. Lyotard List & Readers' Guide Project
  7. Spoon Collective Lyotard List (Shawn P. Wilbur)

  8. Literary Theory: A Literary Theory Project in the Dept. of English, Rice U. (currently centered on Lyotard's Just Gaming and performance theory)