A collection of moral tales from the author of The Postmodern Condition. Acerbic, critical, relentlessly ironic, continually burning bridges and burning rubber, always at high risk and in high gear, Postmodern Fables throws down the gauntlet to any and all who idealize comfort. Georges Van Den Abbeele is professor of French and director of the Davis Humanities Institute, the critical theory program, and the humanities program at the University of California, Davis. Acerbic, critical, relentlessly ironic, continually burning bridges and burning rubber, always high risk and always in high gear, Postmodern Fables throws down the gauntlet to any and all who idealize comfort. An exciting addition to the oeuvre of this major thinker, Postmodern Fables is a series of self-reflective and intellectually daring essays that speaks to the contemporary American reader in thought-provoking and undoubtedly controversial ways.
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This anthology is a collection of non-objective compositions playfully entitled fables throughout the career of Lyotard. They are fables because implicit to them all is a non-ontological morality to each of them perfect for our post-modern times.
The writings are separated into four separate categories for the reader to ultimately determine their linkage: verbiages, system fanatasies, Sort of frustrated with Goodreads minimalist rating system, this is more like a 4. The writings are separated into four separate categories for the reader to ultimately determine their linkage: verbiages, system fanatasies, concealments, and crypts. For me, Lyotard is strongest on his practical application of these moral observations such as The Wall, The Gulf, The System or The Intimacy of Terror which shows a very advanced critique of the political.
Meanwhile, on the aesthetic side, the beautiful and lyrical wit of Music, Mutic and Directions to Servants showcases Lyotards skill with semantics with due credit to the translator, a key point in Servants. I find the greatest short-comings in Interesting? Similarly, Paradox on the Graphic Artist just held no interest to me whatsoever.
Though, again, what is basically the same stylistic approach to different subject matter East-West modal tensions is subject matter that moves me in the opening Marie Goes to Japan and "The earth had no roads to begin with". With all this said, perhaps the most phenomenal post-modern essay to date is exhibited in the "title track" to this anthology, A Postmodern Fable. Here, Lyotard assesses the whole of anti-humanist ahistoricity in a few short pages and leaves us from this description with the idea that this is perhaps the most poetic view of existence in the ernacular of this time of western thought whereas any other assessment will merely be a ideological grand narrative of failure.
Lyotard was perhaps the most comphrehensible of the adimitedly post-modernists and this collection solidifies this observation.
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As a child, Lyotard had many aspirations: to be an artist, a historian, a Dominican friar, and a writer. He later gave up the dream of becoming a writer when he finished writing an unsuccessful fictional novel at the age of He studied philosophy at the Sorbonne in the late s. Having moved to teach at the new campus of Nanterre in , Lyotard participated in the events following March 22 and the tumult of May
Postmodern Fables by Jean-Francois Lyotard (1997, Hardcover)