CfP: Answering the question: what is popmodernism?


Answering the question: what is popmodernism?

Call for papers – summer 2014

In 1982, three years after The Postmodern Condition, Jean-François Lyotard wrote a short text entitled: “Answering the Question: What Is Postmodernism?” The main objective seems to be a discussion along the lines of “modernism” versus “postmodernism,” but then, somewhat surprisingly, he writes:

“A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its end but in the nascent state, and this state is constant.” (Lyotard 1984: 79)

In this, Lyotard adds, works and texts have “the characters of an event; hence also, they always come too late for their author, or, what amounts to the same thing, their being put into work, their realization always begin too soon” (81).

Here, then, Lyotard questions inherent understandings of temporality and history in the aesthetic sphere, as well as in the…

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