|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:
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?
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：
2. Reading, active thinking and discussion. (If there is no lively discussion in class, we will require weekly short reports by every member in the class.)
4. 1 short (10-min) observation/analysis --bring in one postmodern text of your own choice (British, American or Taiwanese) and discuss it in relation to the theories we read in class.
5. Online journal (The no. of journal is negotiable.)