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Toward a Concept of Post-Postmodernism or Lady Gaga’s Reconfigurations of Madonna
Blekinge Institute of Technology, School of Planning and Media Design.
2013 (English)In: Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, ISSN 1547-4348, Vol. 12, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedAlternative title
Mot en konceptualisering av post-postmodernism, eller Lady Gagas omförvandling av Madonna (Swedish)
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How can we describe the landscape of what is increasingly referred to as post-postmodernism? Is post-postmodernism but a revision (however significant) of postmodernism or is it a new, perhaps even original, episteme? As must be clear from the title, the article takes Ihab Hassan‘s much discussed essay “Toward a Concept of Postmodernism” as its point of departure, but proposes a double revision of his chart. First, it supplements the chart with a set of concepts used to designate post-postmodernism. Second, it provides a re-vision of the very layout of the chart, arguing with Johanna Drucker that form is constitutive of information rather than its transparent presentation. The reference to the Madonna - Lady Gaga relationship in the essay‘s subtitle signals that the seismic shift—if that is what it is—that we endeavor to map is palpable in popular culture as much as in critical and theoretical discourses. Whether we find ourselves at the point of unfolding or at the peak of this new épistémè, it is indisputable that the broad cultural and societal changes of the past two decades are related to digital media. Taking our cue from Lady Gaga‘s performances, we suggest that two distinct features of contemporary culture, access and excess, be seen as interlinked characteristics of the post-postmodern.

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Reconstruction , 2013. Vol. 12, no 4
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postmodernism, digital theory, post-postmodernism, popular culture, Ihab Hassan
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-6384Local ID: diva2:833886
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