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Utopia's GhostArchitecture and Postmodernism, Again$
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Reinhold Martin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669622

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669622.001.0001

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Have We Ever Been Postmodern?

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Utopia's Ghost
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Reinhold Martin

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816669622.003.0004

This chapter discusses Fredric Jameson's defense of postmodernism's playfulness, self-conscious superficiality, as well as populist willingness against Jürgen Habermas recalcitrant modernism. It further examines Jameson's own references to architecture, and how it tends to overlook narratives that architecture draws from science, including the peculiar afterlife of a systems model. The concept of authenticity is also defined to address problems that arise when architectural discourse tries to distinguish between what is true and what is false, as well as between what is real and what is not.

Keywords:   Fredric Jameson, postmodernism, modernism, architecture, science wars

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