Ihab Hassan's Pomo (neo-avant-garde) Dialectic

(from our text Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology)

 

His ideas about the problems of what to call Postmodern texts (and why to call them anything), his literature of silence/exhaustion/unmaking  are extended in these binaries (591-92):

modernism postmodernism

romanticism/symbolism
form (conjunctive, closed)
purpose
design
hierarchy
mastery/logos
art object/finished work
distance
creation/totalization
synthesis
presence
centering
genre/boundary
semantics
paradigm
hypotaxis
metaphor
selection
root/depth
interpretation/reading
signified
lisible (readerly)
narrative/grande histoire
master code
symptom
type
genital/phallic
paranoia
origin/cause
god the father
metaphysics
determinacy
transcendence

'pataphysics/dadaism
antiform (disjunctive, open)
play
chance
anarchy
exhaustion/silence
process/performance/happening
participation
decreation/deconstruction
antithesis
absence
dispersal
text/intertext (and lee would add bricolage)
rhetoric
syntagm
parataxis
metonymy
combination
rhizome/surface
against interpretation/misreading
signifier
scriptible (writerly)
anti-narrative/petite histoire
idiolect
desire
mutant
polymorphous/androgynous
schizophrenia
difference-differance/trace
the holy ghost
irony
indeterminacy(s) (hassan's duo p. 592)
immanence (hassan's duo p. 593)