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Local Transcendence: Essays on Postmodern Historicism and the Database

Alan Liu


Driven by global economic forces to innovate, today's society paradoxically looks forward to the future while staring only at the nearest, most local present—the most recent financial quarter, the latest artistic movement, the instant message or blog post at the top of the screen. Postmodernity is lived, it seems, at the end of history. This book takes the pulse of such postmodern historicism by tracking two leading indicators of its acceleration in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries: postmodern cultural criticism—including the new historicism, the new cultural history, cultur ... More

Keywords: artistic movement, postmodernity, historicism, cultural criticism, cultural history, cultural anthropology, pragmatism, postindustrial theory, information culture, media history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780226486956
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226486970.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Liu, author