In the last ten years or so, postmodernism has become such a widely accepted notion that there are now literally hundreds of books and articles on this topic in the fields of literary studies, art, architecture, film studies, women’s studies, history, geography, sociology, political science, and so on. And there are also a number of other works which deal with postmodern issues without explicitly using this catchword. As the field of postmodern studies expands by cutting across the disciplinary boundaries, we can observe a new development of interest in the discussion on postmodernism. Rather than examined exclusively from a purely philosophical perspective of the West, postmodernism has also become a subproblem of the larger question of how transnational capitalism is transforming the cultural interactions between nation-states and in the networks of economic blocks on the global scale. This shift of interest from postmodernism as a Western phenomenon to the worldwide interactions of various modes of cultural production reflects a radical transformation of world geopolitics brought about by the collapse of the Cold-War structure and the emergence of a still uncertain “New World Order.”.
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