'Postmodernism' has become so familiar a term in recent years that it is easy to forget how complex, challenging and politically charged postmodern theory can be. We are even sometimes told that postmodernism is over, or that it never existed.
This classic text remains one of the clearest and most incisive introductions to the field. Perhaps more importantly, it is a compelling discussion of why postmodernism matters. Working through the issue of representation in art forms from fiction to photography, Linda Hutcheon sets out postmodernism's highly political challenge to the dominant ideologies of the western world. A new epilogue traces the fate of the postmodern over the last ten years and into the future, responding to claims that it has, once and for all, 'failed'.
Along with the new epilogue, this edition contains revised notes on further reading and a fully updated bibliography. Always a key work, The Politics of Postmodernism in this second edition is simply essential reading.
Linda Hutcheon is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. She has published extensively on postmodernism, parody and irony (including Irony's Edge: The Theory and Politics of Irony) and has recently done interdisciplinary work with Michael Hutcheon on opera and medicine (Opera: Desire, Disease and Death, and Bodily Charm: Living Opera).