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Postmodernism and After: Visions and Revisions
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Postmodernism and After: Visions and Revisions (Hardback)

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The present collection of academic articles is an attempt to reflect on new openings and recent developments in literature, literary theory and culture which seem to point beyond postmodernism and register a return to traditional concepts, theoretical premises and authorial practices. Interestingly enough, forty years after the publication of John Barth's seminal essay "The Literature of Exhaustion" (1967), the book is trying to diagnose the exhaustion of postmodernism, which was predicted by David Lodge already two decades ago. It also attempts to trace the signs in contemporary literature indicating that postmodernism is past its heyday, that it is losing or has lost its shine, fascination and attraction and that writers have been turning to the "old" or pre-modern forms, practices and strategies.

Herbert Grabes' comprehensive and illuminating article "From the Postmodern to the Pre-Modern: More Recent Changes in Literature, Art, and Theory" which opens and sets the tone for this collection of essays is a major assessment of new developments in literary culture, focusing on the evolution of the postmodern to the premodern mode; it also highlights the role and current popularity of cultural studies and cultural history - theoretical movements which have been prevailing for some time now after the end of deconstruction. The articles assembled in this collection are on diverse thematics and written from diverse theoretical perspectives; they differ in scope and methodology, and their focus ranges from the postmodern, intertextual aspect to the open questioning of it and to more recent developments in the literary culture. Focusing on literary icons like A.S. Byatt, John Banville, Margaret Atwood, Umberto Eco, Vladimir Nabokov (but also extending into a less-known regions - geographically as well), they invite reconsideration and reconceptualization of such key notions as "truth", meaning production, textuality and literary interpretation.

This book aims at opening fresh discussion, debate and reflection on the new age reaching beyond postmodernism, and the budding literary mode, whatever labels we might stick to it.

Regina Rudaityte is Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Philology at Vilnius University, and a national representative on the ESSE board. She holds an MA in English from Vilnius University and an MA in the Novel from the University of East Anglia, UK. She received her Ph.D. in American Literature from Moscow M. Lomonosov University. She has published over forty articles on contemporary British fiction, women's writing, literary translation and is the author of The Metamorphosis of Character in Postmodern Fiction (2000), and An Outline of Contemporary British Fiction (2006).

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