Re: unusual language [postmodernism]

Greg Sturgeon (c647679@SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU)
Wed, 9 Oct 1996 16:42:00 -0500

On Wed, 9 Oct 1996, Anthony Rue wrote:

> restricted to literary theory? Or even written texts? Can I nominate the
> Las Vegas strip as a
> primary text?

word! I was wondering if "postmodernism" was going to mean strictly
"postmodern criticism" or if there would be some wider conception. My
problem with the whole issue has to do with the need to label anything
"postmodern"--as if no one could come up with a better term, and had to
rely on a spatio-temporal metaphor. I was trying to explain postmodernism
to my students this morning--failed miserably, thank you, largely due to
my own discomfort with the very concept of anything that can be summed up
as coming somehow "after" or "behind" modernism.

Partly out of curiosity, partly out of ignorance, what applications of
"postmodernism" are there outside of aesthetic and cultural critique?

Greg Sturgeon