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By Mikhail N. Epstein

ISBN-10: 0870239732

ISBN-13: 9780870239731

This e-book brings jointly for the 1st time in English the main writings of Mikhail Epstein, certainly one of post-Soviet Russia's such a lot well known theoreticians of cultural stories and postmodernism. Written from a non-Western standpoint but proficient by means of a familiarity with Western literary idea, it bargains a clean, lucid viewpoint at the postcommunist literary scene in addition to a realistic and theoretical creation to the hot self-discipline of Russian "culturology." After the long run is additionally the 1st booklet to include the improvement of up to date Russian tradition in the framework of postmodernism, an idea whose program has been formerly restricted to the West.
     The 4 sections of the ebook - Literature, Ideology, tradition, and method - mirror the interdisciplinary diversity of postmodernism in modern Russia. Epstein explores such influential new trends in Russian literature as conceptualism, metarealism, "rear-garde" and discusses the formation of a post-Marxist ideological milieu characterised by way of a paradoxical mix of relativistic and totalitarian patterns.

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He feels that this trend should be extended to other fields, in recognition that, like cultures, life's phenomena are manifold and cannot be fully elucidated in terms of any one aspect alone. '' While such practices might well sacrifice the pristine orderliness of existing academic fields, they do so for the cause of bringing them into closer contact with each other. Epstein gives this "metamethodology" the name continualism because it is premised on the notion of an indivisible continuum of existence that intellectual culture strives to comprehend.

It would seem that we are equally free to endow the objects around us in cultural settings with soulful animacy as we are to commodify them, erasing all self-sufficient value from their being. The respect toward things that Epstein outlines here would be capable of redefining the ecology of our physical and social environment. Rather than disposable products of alienating labor, things can thus become participants in transcultural consciousness, as our human subjectivity overflows to encompass the very objects which for Freud's modernist psychology were the inaugural other.

Without abolishing the depth of expertise necessary to each given discipline, such an approach would focus on broad questions demanding multiple perspectives, so that, in the apophatic manner, each could contribute a segment of the outline within which reality might manifest increasingly comprehensible attributes. In pondering the relevance of theology to the study of culture and to Page 12 Epstein's thought in particular, it may be worthwhile returning to the question of Mikhail Bakhtin's influence on the development of Russian culturology.

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