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The Move Beyond Form

Creative Undoing in Literature and the Arts since 1960

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Mary Joe Hughes
    Pages 17-34
  3. Mary Joe Hughes
    Pages 35-48
  4. Mary Joe Hughes
    Pages 81-101
  5. Mary Joe Hughes
    Pages 103-127
  6. Mary Joe Hughes
    Pages 129-149
  7. Mary Joe Hughes
    Pages 151-167
  8. Mary Joe Hughes
    Pages 169-189
  9. Mary Joe Hughes
    Pages 191-200
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 201-237

About this book


Fictional narratives of the late twentieth century often cross boundaries. This study argues that the undoing of structure in postmodern art form demands a different way of thinking and represents a commentary on the material and social conditions of the late twentieth century and beyond.

About the authors

Mary Jo Hughes is the assistant director of the Arts and Sciences Honors Program at Boston College.

Bibliographic information


'A sophisticated and engaging work that makes a significant contribution to the field of contemporary aesthetics and critical theory.' - Christopher A. Dustin, Professor of Philosophy, College of the Holy Cross

'In this book Mary-Joe Hughes shows how our post-sixties culture bears witness to a dramatic dissolution of boundaries between form and content, author and reader, text and world. Challenging the postmodern cult of Theory the author lets works of art - music, film, painting and literature - speak for themselves, while remaining critically conversant with the philosophies of Derrida and Levinas. The book makes a powerful plea for creative interconnection over cynical conflation, for inventive hybridity over consumerist confusion, citing contemporary works from Coetzee and Calvino to Peter Weir and Yo-Yo Ma. The author convinces by a combination of intellectual audacity, critical integrity and deep imagination.' - Richard Kearney, Charles Seelig Chair of Philosophy, Boston College