[UPDATE] The Poetics/Politics of Post-Postmodernism

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In the epilogue to the second edition of The Politics of Postmodernism, Linda Hutcheon heralds the closure of the very period she helped to define: "Let's just say it," she admits, "it's over" (2002: 165-166). This view has in recent years been echoed by an increasing number of cultural critics, who cite the failure of the postmodern aesthetic—developed in the 1970s and characterized by fragmentation, self-reflexivity, and irony—to embody the very real ethical and political concerns of twenty-first century citizens (cf. Eshelman, 2008; Kirby, 2009; Toth, 2010; Vermeulen and van den Akker, 2010; Abrahamson, 2013). Although most critics agree that postmodernism has come to an end, there is less of a consensus regarding by what, exactly, it has been superseded: a variety of suggestions have been floated, including metamodernism, the New Sincerity, altermodernism, digimodernism, and cosmodernism, to name a selection. This panel invites papers that consider the "passing of postmodernism" (Toth, 2010) in any capacity, whether through close reading of individual texts or theorization of broader cultural phenomena. Please send required files to myra.bloom@utoronto.ca.