postpomo & the righting of ancient wrongs

by uzwi

Generic fantasy never really postmodernised, B says, because it never really modernised. It remained resolutely premodern, fossilised in postures of rejection from the 1920s. Because fantasy never really modernised or postmodernised, she says, it aches to put itself forward as a postpomo contender. It aches to claim, like hardcore sf in the Reagan era, “We’re the New Wave now.” But picking an old scab doesn’t change the world–ask any Jacobite. Postpomo, B predicts, can only develop as the result of a lively casting-about in many different directions. “It’s not going to be the Return of the King. Except in fantasies. Want some more wine ?”