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re_post : What [in the World] was Postmodernism? An Introduction – by David Ciccoricco

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A group of scholars and artists will gather the first week of June with one question on their minds: what was postmodernism?

 The “What [in the World] was Postmodernism?” Symposium will bring together scholars, poets, and visual artists to reflect on how postmodernism has shaped their respective fields and practices, and how the defining traits of that movement have managed to – or failed to – translate into whatever we decide has superseded it in today’s postcolonial, posthumanist, and digital culture.

“As I have suggested elsewhere, the logic that has digital culture leaving postmodernism behind might be further justified in terms of subjectivity—that is, how we see ourselves in light of digital technology and its discourse. Contrary to prevailing notions of the postmodernist self as an emptying out, or an always already discursive and multiple construction, it is arguably a form of surplus selfhood that takes hold in digital culture. If postmodernism’s subjectivity is constructed foremost in and in relation to language, then the digital self—in this age of the “selfie”—is constructed foremost in and in relation to the machine, which rushes to (over)fill the spaces of the network, and there proliferates. Thus, if finding a satisfying sense of self amid the forces of fragmentation is a uniquely postmodernist predicament, then attempting to lose it might be more aptly a digital one, from innumerable search engine hits that locate us in nanoseconds, to the unknown and unknowable number of databases in which our personal details appear, to our ubiquitous profiles cutting across time and space on social networking software du jour. In any case, with all of the conspicuous reconfigurations of human bodies and minds in light of machines, any model of selfhood we embrace in the digital age would have to account for the unprecedented ability to control, configure, and distribute—indeed, self-publish—our own modes and models of subjectivity.3”

by David Ciccoricco
An Introduction to the gathering.

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David Ciccoricco: His research is focused on literary and narrative theory with an emphasis on emergent forms of digital literature, as well as digital culture and posthumanism more generally. He has published on Jorge Luis Borges as well as critical work and reviews on digital fiction and poetry. Recent publications include “Focalization in Digital Fiction” in issue 20.3 of Narrative. He is the author of Reading Network Fiction, a book on the first and second waves of digital fiction.

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