By Daniel T. O'Hara,Michelle Martin,Donald Pease

The American critic William V. Spanos, a pioneer of postmodern idea and co-founder of 1 of its central organs, the magazine boundary 2, is, within the phrases of A William V. Spanos Reader coeditor Daniel T. O’Hara, every little thing that present post-modern conception is accused of now not being: polemical, engaged, prophetic, passionate. educated through his adventure as a prisoner of battle in Dresden, Spanos observed dire con-sequences for all times in modernist aesthetic experiments, and he thereafter imbued his paintings with a positive element ever within the identify of extra existence. A William V. Spanos Reader collects Spanos’s most crucial severe essays, offering either an introduc-tion to his prophetic, visionary paintings and a provocation to the perform of humanistic criticism.

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