The four sections of the book - Literature, Ideology, Culture, and Methodology - reflect the interdisciplinary range of postmodernism in contemporary Russia. Epstein explores such influential new tendencies in Russian literature as conceptualism, "meta-realism,""arrière-garde" and discusses the formation of a post-Marxist ideological milieu characterized by a paradoxical mixture of relativistic and totalitarian patterns.
"Epstein has been a major theoretician of Russian postmodernism since theearly 1980s. His essays on contemporary culture are an essential part of current debates on totalitarian discourse and its role in shaping Russian art of the late twentieth century. Epstein's contribution is uniqie insofar as he is both a major scholar and a vital participant in the cultural processes that constitute the fucus of his work." - Nancy Condee, University of Pittsburgh
"Among the many varieties of critical theorists extant in contemporary world, Mikhail Epstein figures as a Russian rara avis who has yet to be sighted (let alone cited) in Western mappings of cultural discourse. Despite his emigration to the United States in 1990, the English-speaking community of literary scholars is largely still unaware of Epstein's formative role in the intellectual upheaval that has shaped the 'post-Soviet' mentality. This ignorance is soon to be corrected, however, with the publication of After the Future. - Dale Peterson, Amherst College
Mikhail N. Epstein is founder and former director of the Laboratory of Modern Culture, Exprerimental Center of Creativity, in Moscow. He is associate professor of Russian Studies at Emory University. Anesa Miller-Pogacar is a writer, translator, and independent scholar.
A volume in the series Critical Perspectives on Modern Culture
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