THEORIES OF THE POSTMODERN
By Jeanne S. M. Willette
Part Five of a Six Part series on Theories of the Postmodern, Postmodernism and Hetroglossia, Part Two was posted on March 7, 2014 on Art History Unstuffed. Fueled by the political unrest of 1968, anti-authoritarian ideas of the carnivalesque threated the long-held notions of a single ideal reader and of a unified personality, as the signifying systems break down.
Literature and visual art is nothing but a general field or open territory of anonymous formulae or literary conventions or visual codes whose origin cannot be located and which have already been written. All written and visual utterances and expressions must both import or utilize and, in the process, naturalize, or make familiar through repetition, the speech acts of others.
Dr. Jeanne S. M. Willette