Product Description First published in 1988. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. Review ` A Poetics of Postmodernism is essential reading for anyone interested in current studies of literature, art and "entertainment".' - Geoff Wade, Reviewing Psychology `Hutcheon's study is a reasoned, controlled and intelligent defence of postmodernist problematizing of history and fiction which should be read by all those interested in the debate centring on the status and value of postmodernist culture.' - Peter Kitson, Notes & Queries From the Back Cover A Poetics of Postmodernism is neither a defense nor a denunciation of the postmodern. It continues the project of Hutcheon's Narcissistic Narrative and A Theory of Parody in studying formal self-consciousness in art, but adds to this both a historical and ideological dimension.