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Postmodern Humanism in Contemporary Literature and Culture

Reconciling the Void

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxv
  2. Into this World: Body and Spirit in Contemporary Literature

  3. Story and Possibility: Narrative Mapping as Ethical Construct

  4. Music, Image, and Activism: A Means to an Open Ending

  5. Conclusion: Postmodern Humanism and the Ethical Future

    1. Todd F. Davis, Kenneth Womack
      Pages 161-165
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 166-198

About this book


Davis and Womack investigate the emerging gaps between literary scholarship and the reading experience. The idea of reconciling the void - the locus of our sociocultural disillusionment and despair in an uncertain world - concerns explicit artistic attempts to represent the ways in which human beings seek out meaning, hope and community.


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About the authors

TODD F. DAVIS is Assistant Professor of English at Penn State Altoona, USA. He is the author of two collections of poetry entitled Ripe and Some Heaven. His book-length publications include Mapping the Ethical Turn: A Reader in Ethics, Culture, and Literary Theory, Formalist Criticism and Reader-Response Theory and Kurt Vonnegut's Crusade, Or, How a Postmodern Harlequin Preached a New Kind of Humanism.

KENNETH WOMACK is Associate Professor of English and Head of the Division of Arts and Humanities at Penn State Altoona, USA. He serves as Co-Editor of Oxford University Press' celebrated Year's Work in English Studies and his book-length publications include Key Concepts in Literary Theory, Postwar Academic Fiction: Satire, Ethics, Community and Reading the Beatles: Cultural Studies, Literary Criticism, and the Fab Four.

Bibliographic information


"With this book, Davis and Womack achieve a victory over the silence imposed by a postmodern awareness that all meaning is constructed." - Choice