By Caryl Churchill
Released to mark Caryl Churchill’s 70th birthday, this quantity comprises: Cloud 9, Bliss, lodge, this can be a Chair, Blue center, distant, a bunch, under the influence of alcohol sufficient to assert i like You?, and A Dream Play.
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The postmodern is seen as that which denies itself the solace of good forms, the consensus of a taste which would make it possible to share collectively the nostalgia for the unattainable; that which searches for new presentations, not in order to enjoy them but in order to impart a stronger sense of the unrepresentable. A postmodern artist or writer is in the position of a philosopher: the text he writes, the work he produces are not in principle governed by preestablished rules, and they cannot be judged according to a determining judgment, by applying familiar categories to the text or to the work.
81 Postmodernism’s interrogation of culture’s baggage is channelled through parody not in its traditional sense of ridiculing imitation, but as a practice of “repetition with critical distance that allows ironic signaling of difference at the very heart of similarity,”82 which serves as one of the primary strategies of intertextuality – the postmodernist practice par excellence. ”83 While others were developing models and mappings of particular sectors of the postmodern landscape, Fredric Jameson was the ﬁrst to undertake the ambitious project of tackling the postmodern in toto, and his take on it forms one of the cornerstones of the model of Second World postmodernity offered in these pages.
General economy,” writes Bataille, “makes apparent that excesses of energy are produced, which by deﬁnition cannot be utilized. ”117 Plotnitsky juxtaposes general economy as a theoretical practice “to 24 Mapping Postcommunist Cultures classical theoretical systems or restricted economies, such as Hegel’s philosophy or Marx’s political economy. Such classical theories conﬁgure their objects and the relationships between those objects as always meaningful and claim that the systems they present avoid the unproductive expenditure of energy, containing within their bounds multiplicity and indeterminacy.
Caryl Churchill Plays: 4 by Caryl Churchill