Indeed, Jesus qua signifier is deeply scored with traces of its existence in a multitude of divergent and conflicting texts, a condition which threatens any monological literalist reading of the New Testament. Albany: State U of New York P, 1991. In support of this, the growing influence of the media Robert McLaughlin 55 conglomerates makes possible the co-optation of alternative or dissenting discourses. For the word attending can also refer to a mode of engagement with something or someone: paying attention to, listening to, caring for, watching over. Yet, today, we are witness to a preEnlightenment strain of thought that has asserted itself in key domains of national life, that is, the metaphysics of Christian fundamentalism.
There you have it; Ive laid down my cards on the table. To reframe the issue slightly, it seems inevitable that once our focus shifts from the text-as-product to the process of its production, the text will be stripped of its mystique, its aura and its power. An even more important effect perhaps a counter intuitive effect for those of us who placed our confidence in the health of our democracy in multitudes of discourses of the technologically inspired explosion of voices is that theres just too much: too much to listen to, too much to take in and process, too much to follow. Have we moved beyond postmodernism? Wrath and mercy: The return of the warrior Jesus. Since then, or so it would seem, we have been engaged in a process of mourning, a process that sees us trying to break finally with 4 Introduction postmodernism or, at the every least, to break finally with postmodernisms apparent solipsism and irresponsibility, its ethical and social vacuity. Could we imagine the same presentation, with the same apparatus, about the same technological and economical structure, with a different example, something else in the United States which would be indicative of the same state of technology, of capital? The Reverend Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins have propagated this End Times doctrine in their Left Behind novel cycle. Larry Eskridge, of Wheaton College's Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, concludes, after discussing the limitations of earlier surveys, that a general estimate of the nation's population could safely be said to average somewhere around 35% of the population, or about 100 million Americans.
It was a little like asking someone if he could imagine changing the topic of his presentation. Contents: Acknowledgements; Permissions and Illustrations; Arriving and Socializing at the Wake; 1 Introduction: A Wake and Renewed? Figure 5: Bernard Tschumi, detail from The Manhattan Transcripts, Episode 4: The Block, 1980-81. Robertson suggests God smote Sharon. The E-mail message field is required. This is the stuff, whether we call it postmodernism or something else, that can help us find ways to define, claim, and enact freer and better versions of reality.
White also makes the helpful point that historical narrative is possible only when a set of events can be explained by more than one story. By means of its programmatic use of self-reflexive writing techniques, postmodern fiction supplies a user-friendly version of many elements of postmodern critique. Indeed, postmodernism promotes reading practices that work to dismantle rather than ratify meaning; practices that expose the contingency, uncontrollability and rhetoricity of meaning. Rejecting the claims of postmodernism as decedent and elitist, Wolfe argued that only the realistic novel i. Thanks to technology, never has it been possible for us to listen to so many voices and never has it been so easy for the technologically savvy among us to make our voices available for others to listen to.
First, fundamentalists are biblical literalists: they believe inter alia in the doctrine of Creationism and in the End Times prophecies of Revelation. While focusing on questions such as these, the articles in this collection consider the possibility that the death of a certain version of postmodernism marks a renewed attempt to re-negotiate and perhaps re-embrace many of the cultural, literary and theore Have we moved beyond postmodernism? Moreover, the ultra-nationalist ethos of neo-conservatism infuses Paul Maltby 39 missionary activity with renewed confidence. Any satisfaction we derived from that post prefix, insofar as it seemed to align us with avantgarde developments in thought, has been weakened by the striking political and cultural advances of, paradoxically, a premodern current of thought. While we have been learning to think differently for Jennifer Geddes 69 many years, writing practices and the technologies they presuppose have remained virtually unchanged even when the authors claim otherwise. In producing art which selfreflexively staged the processes of its own composition, postmodernism repackaged art as just a bag of tricks, not the inspiration of genius. Such understandings are simultaneously forms of action.
If so, what new episteme if we loosely employ Foucaults terminology carries this burden, this inheritance, this debt? In consequence, art in a postmodern culture can no longer serve as a vehicle for spiritual truth; in its post-auratic, decathected, depthless reincarnation, art is, perhaps, the most visible symptom of our postmodern disenchantment. The Mourning After is the recipient of a B. In his 1962 monograph, Nietzsche and Philosophy, Gilles Deleuze promoted Nietzsche as the philosopher of pluralism, for whom there is nothing beyond multiplicity 23. The Content of the Form: Narrative, Discourse, and Historical Representation. Perhaps this association of postmodernism and amorality also has something to do with its modes of transmission, primarily through academic literary criticism, into the United States.
What we have inherited from postmodernism cannot be simply denied, or rejected outright. Be blessed by the transition from a dark path of mournings, often traveled by many, into a place of strength and confidence in the God she serves. This amounts to a radical and pervasive state of disenchantment. Somehow in the process discourses meant to analyze and disrupt murderous social practices were either depoliticised or overly politicized. Their friendship leads the reader on a journey that reveals family secrets and painful truths, culminating in an astonishingly suspenseful realization: when it comes to family, nothing is as it seems. As I have elsewhere discussed why I find such assumptions problematic,1 I will not offer an extensive analysis here.
LaHaye blames liberalism for twisting the image of Jesus into someone loving and wimpy, when Jesus is really a warrior who slays the enemy with the sword, that comes from his mouth, which is the Word qtd. He refers to subjects, not persons, of processes of subjectification, not identity. In looking at history, White argues that things in the past happened there is a reality but once they happen, we have access to them only through discourse: peoples memories, letters, eyewitness accounts, other documents, the stories that can be told about them. He has donned the mantle of the righteous warrior averring that the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome it qtd. Modernism, Postmodernism, and Feminism: Rethinking the Boundaries of Educational Discourse.
However, even at such times, American citizens lack the practices, of subjectivity and political action, that would enable us 82 Soul Service to develop and sustain more egalitarian democratic politics. This essay is nicely complemented by Gavin Keulks New York, Los Angeles, and Other Toxicities: Revisiting Postmodernism in Rushdies Fury and Shalimar the Clown and William Littles Nothing to Write Home About: Impossible Reception in Mark Z. This problem is most visible vis-avis antithetical attitudes to transcendentalist thinking. Robert McLaughlin, in Postmodernism in the Age of Distracting Discourses, then examines how the proliferation of twenty-first century discourses seeking legitimation can be understood as a product of postmodernism well also being navigated successfully through a renewed understanding of the ethical component latent within postmodernism. And, as we have seen, Ed MacAteer and 32 Postmodernism in a Fundamentalist Arena John Hagee, among other fundamentalists, have endorsed this view of God working his purpose out in the Middle East. Chicago Tribune 5 March 2006, sec. The Rapture Exposed: The Message of Hope in the Book of Revelation.