What is postmodernism? What has Forrest Gump to do with the novel, The French Lieutenant's Woman, or the TV wall to do with JFK assassination or the internet? Are we in an age of neo-conservatism, or facing an unprecedented revolution of our thinking and reading habits? 

This course studies important theories on postmodernity (postmodern conditions) and postmodernism (such as those of Jameson, Lyotard, Baudrillard, Hutcheon, J. Butler, Laclau and Mouffe), and then apply the theories to postmodern texts. The postmodern "texts" can range from novels, poems, plays, architecture, music videos, films, to the hypertexts in internet. While we will cover a wide scope of postmodern texts, you are encouraged/required to choose your own focus.  

The issues to be dealt with are: 

    1. The relationships (conflicts and intersections) between postmodernism on the one hand, and feminism, Marxism and postcolonialism on the other: Is postmodernism to be rejected as non-critical and imperialistic?  Or do we need to examine which kinds of postmodernisms are strongly critical of dominant ideologies and which are complicit with them? 
    2. Postmodern history: Is historical representation possible, and how? 
    3. Postmodern parody and pastiche: why are these styles so dominant?  Are they playful or--back to the first question--critical? 
    4. Postmodern culture in Taiwan:  blind imitation or "mimicry" of Western cultures, or something Taiwanese is emerging?
Our theory textbook will be a reader of articles chosen from the online bibliography 

本課研究談論後現代社會政治文化、文學現象的理論(理論家如:Jameson, Lyotard, Baudrillard, Hutcheon, J. Butler, Laclau and Mouffe)。然後運用在各種後現代文本上(如小說、電影、建築、攝影、音樂錄影帶、電腦網路等)。所探討的課題有: 






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