Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
On the Future of HistoryThe Postmodernist Challenge and Its Aftermath$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Ernst Breisach

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226072791

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226072814.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use (for details see www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 18 November 2018

A Prelude to Poststructuralist Postmodernism

A Prelude to Poststructuralist Postmodernism

Chapter:
(p.59) 14 A Prelude to Poststructuralist Postmodernism
Source:
On the Future of History
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226072814.003.0014

Structural postmodernists had foreseen a resolution of the crisis of modernity in a static postmodernity. Historiography, although untouched in its epistemological infrastructure, would have to tailor its accounts to fit into the now limited postmodernist framework of human experience. Since the late 1960s, poststructuralist postmodernists have argued the case of a quite different postmodernity. In its simplest meaning the term poststructuralism referred to the chronological fact that the postmodernism which appeared after structuralism had waned. Claude Levi-Strauss's anthropological version had lost its prominence and the version of Roland Barthes had stopped working strictly in the mode of structuralist linguistics and literature. As in the case of structural postmodernism, the term poststructuralist postmodernism was not chosen because a uniform group of scholars set out to revise the thinking about modernity and progress in accord with a well-formulated, unified program. All of them, however, shared in a profound disenchantment with the main tenets of modernity: that full rationality would provide complete knowledge and that one of its important results would be a beneficial and complete control over human destiny.

Keywords:   postmodernity, poststructuralist postmodernism, poststructuralism, human experience, rationality, progress

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.