What Do I Read Next?
Barbara Creed, the author of “From Here to Modernity: Feminism and Postmodernism” connects feminist theory with Postmodernism in her short essay in Screen. She compares the writing of two authors, Alice Jardine and Craig Owens, seeking a solution to the problem of the intersection of feminist and postmodern theories. Creed points out that while both authors come at this topic from different points of reference, both they and Creed agree that there is a common ground and a legitimate intersection of these theoretical philosophies. Her conclusions are that these philosophies are important, relevant, and connected but that they should not try to explain everything in a “totalizing theory.”
Ads, Fads, and Consumer Culture: Advertising’s Impact on American Character and Society (2000), by Arthur Asa Berger, contains information that will facilitate a study of the advertising world. He examines the cross-pressures between advertisements and various social, economic, and cultural factors. His deconstruction of the now famous 1984 Macintosh TV ad is included in this text.
The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, by David Rabe, startled the theatergoing public in 1971. This postmodern play is a story of a naïve recruit’s initiation into war. It won Rabe an Obie and was hailed by the New York Times as “rich in humor, irony and insight.” It is both brutal and hilarious, making intense critical comments on the Vietnam War and the military establishment in general. It is published along with Sticks and Bones by Grove Press in the 1972 volume The Vietnam Plays. Rabe won a Tony for his 1995 play Hurlyburly.
Gravity’s Rainbow (1973), by Thomas Pynchon, is a Pulitzer Prize–winning novel set in Europe during World War II. This novel forces readers to constantly evaluate the sense of reality constructed from page one.