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RE: Reading the Postmodern
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It would be difficult to exaggerate the worldwide impact of postmodernism on the fields of cultural production and the social sciences over the last quarter century—even if the concept has been understood in various, even contradictory, ways. An interest in postmodernism and postmodernity has been especially strong in Canada, in part thanks to the country’s non-monolithic approach to history and its multicultural understanding of nationalism, which seems to align with the decentralized, plural, and open-ended pursuit of truth as a multiple possibility as outlined by Jean-François Lyotard. In fact, long before Lyotard published his influential work The Postmodern Condition in 1979, Canadian writers and critics were employing the term to describe a new kind of writing. RE: Reading the Postmodern marks a first cautious step toward a history of Canadian postmodernism, exploring the development of the idea of the postmodern and debates about its meaning and its applicability to various genres of Canadian writing, and charting its decline in recent years as a favoured critical trope.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction: Post-, Marked Canada
  2. p. xi
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  1. Retrospections
  1. Boundary 2 and the Canadian Postmodern
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Canadian Postmodernisms: Misreadings and Non-readings
  2. pp. 9-38
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  1. The Glories of Hindsight: What We Know Now
  2. pp. 39-54
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  1. En Garde! Traditions, Counter-Traditions, Anti-Traditions
  2. p. 55
  1. Postmodern Postmortem: Irony and Literary History in Linda Hutcheon’s Poetics
  2. pp. 57-86
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  1. Getting Ready to Have Been Postmodern
  2. pp. 87-102
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  1. Feeling Ugly: Daniel Jones, Lynn Crosbie, and Canadian Postmodernism’s Second Wave
  2. pp. 103-122
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  1. Reconciling Regionalism: Spatial Epistemology, Robert Kroetsch, and the Roots of Canadian Postmodern Fiction
  2. pp. 123-150
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  1. Postmodern Decadence in Canadian Sound and Visual Poetry
  2. pp. 151-180
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  1. Historicities
  2. p. 181
  1. Attack of the “Latté-drinking Relativists”: Postmodernism, Historiography, and Historical Fiction
  2. pp. 183-202
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  1. “The Postmodern Impasse” and Guy Vanderhaeghe’s The Englishman's Boy
  2. pp. 203-228
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  1. Postmodern Realism and Photographic Subjectivity in The Stone Diaries
  2. pp. 229-248
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  1. Re-performing Microhistories: Postmodern Metatheatricality in Canadian Millennial Drama
  2. pp. 249-268
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  1. F the Ineffable! The Allegorical Intention in Ghostmodernism
  2. pp. 269-294
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  1. Publics
  2. p. 295
  1. Bowering, Postmodernism, and Canadian Nationalism: A Short Sad Book
  2. pp. 297-312
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  1. Re: Reading the Postmodern—“Mess is Lore”
  2. pp. 313-340
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  1. Why Postmodernism Now? Toward a Poetry of Enactment
  2. pp. 341-358
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  1. Contributor Biographies
  2. pp. 359-364
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 365-390
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