Gateways to the Global Mind 3


[Third and final part of the list, Postmodern Mind since c. 1945 and the beginning of the Anthropocene. Personally even harder to choose than previous titles from Modern and Premodern, since they all lack the benefit of historical distance. But these below might give a taste of some of the Postmodern differences to the Modern and Modernism although there are of course always many continuities and overlaps. It could perhaps be argued that the specifically ‘postmodern’ quality might be more easily intuited in the visual arts, popular culture, architecture and ‘Theory’ (e.g. Anders, Debord, Hassan below) than in literary texts. Image at top Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn Monroe’ from 1967, image at bottom Banksy’s ‘this is a pipe’ referencing modernist Magritte’s famous ‘This is not a pipe’]

III Postmodern

Stevens, Poems
Celan, Poems
Concrete Poetry
New York School of Poets (O’Hara, Ashbery)
Cage, Silence
Ginsberg, Howl
Nouveau Roman (Robbe-Grillet, Sarraute, Butor, Duras)
Frisch: Mein Name sei Gantenbein (Let my Name be Gantenbein); Stiller
Beckett: Molloy; Malone Dies; The Unnamable; How It Is; Film; Worstward Ho
Anders, Die Antiquiertheit des Menschen (The Obsolescence of Humanity)
Debord, La Societé du Spectacle (The Society of the Spectacle)
Nabokov: Bend Sinister; Ada; Pale Fire
Borges, Labyrinths
Pynchon, The Crying of Lot Nine
Barth, In the Funhouse
Coover, Pricksongs and Descants
Calvino, If upon a winter’s night a traveller
Queneau, Cent Mille Milliards de Poèmes (One Hundred Thousand Billion Poems)
Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited (LP)
Beck, The Living Theatre
Texts of pop art, op art, minimalism, intermedia, performance/installation art, conceptual art
Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
Jandl, Lautgedichte (Sound poems)
Bond, The War Trilogy (plays)
Carver, Short Stories
Gibson: Neuromancer; Burning Chrome
Ballard, Crash
Hassan, The Postmodern Turn
Spoken Word/Performance Poetry
Computer Poetry

Banksy this is a pipe

~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on August 8, 2020.

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