Metamodernism: Historicity, Affect and Depth after Postmodernism

Edited by Robin van den Akker, Alison Gibbons and Timotheus Vermeulen.
Rowman & Littlefield Int. 2017.

If you’re in the market for a slick, shiny new aesthetic of the post-post or the meta-, you won’t find it here – but you won’t find it anywhere else, either, because it doesn’t exist. If, however, you genuinely want to understand the “sticky mess” (in Jörg Heiser’s phrase) that the new cultural practices are in the very process of emerging from, then you owe it to yourself to give this volume your fullest attention.
— Brian McHale

Metamodernism: Historicity, Affect, Depth brings together many of the most influential voices in the scholarly and critical debate about post-postmodernism and twenty-first century aesthetics, arts and culture. By relating cutting-edge analyses of contemporary literature, the visual arts and film and television to recent social, technological and economic developments, the volume provides both a map and an itinerary of today’s metamodern cultural landscape. As its organising principle, the book takes Fredric Jameson’s canonical arguments about the waning of historicity, affect and depth in the postmodern culture of western capitalist societies in the twentieth century, and re-evaluates and reconceptualises these notions in a twenty-first century context. In doing so, it shows that the contemporary moment should be regarded as a transitional period from the postmodern and into the metamodern cultural moment.


Anmerkungen zur Metamoderne

Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van Den Akker
Translated by Elias Wagner
TEXTEM Verlag 2015

Während sich viele Kommentatoren darüber einig sind, dass wir die Koordinaten der Postmoderne verlassen haben, herrscht wenig Einigkeit darüber, mit welchem Modell sich die Gegenwart erfassen und verändern lässt. Mit ihren Überlegungen zur Metamoderne spüren Robin van den Akker und Timotheus Vermeulen einer Haltung nach, die die ironische Distanz gegenüber Idealismus, Romantik und Realpolitik überwindet, ohne die Errungenschaften postmoderner Skepsis leichtfertig preiszugeben.

Robin van den Akker und Timotheus Vermeulen haben sich als überzeugende Analytiker einer metamodernen Kulturlogik etabliert, die die Gegenwart im Nachgang zur Postmoderne dominiert. Dem liegt ein fundiertes philosophisches Denken zugrunde, das den Vergleich mit den hehren Köpfen jüngerer Kontinentalphilosophie nicht scheuen muss.
— Jörg Heiser


Scenes from the Suburbs: The Suburb in Contemporary US Film and Television

Timotheus Vermeulen
Edinburgh University Press 2014

Scenes from the Suburbs makes a major contribution to the study of a type of film and television programme that is frequently recognised in critical writing but often escapes critical recognition. Vermeulen’s authoritative analysis of the suburban across a range of texts invites the reader to discover new levels of debate and his writing consistently sidesteps the trap of straightforward definitions or surface generalisations. Anyone wishing to talk usefully about the suburb in film and television will need to engage with Vermeulen’s arguments.
— James Walters

Suburbia. Say the word and a stream of images pass before your eyes: white picket fence, neatly mowed lawns, winding roads nicely lined with trees, pastel-tinted bungalows, bored housewives, conspicuous consumption. We all know what the suburbs are about. Or do we?

This book looks again at the filmic and televised spaces we think we know so well. How are these spaces built up? What is it that makes us recognize them as suburbs? How do they function? By exploring in detail the hometowns of Desperate Housewives, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Happiness, Pleasantville, Brick and Chumscrubber, Scenes from the Suburbs examines what it means to be suburban today.


New Suburban Stories

Edited by Martin Dines and Timotheus Vermeulen
Bloomsbury 2013

With its robust embrace of the notion of suburban diversity, this book richly explores a panoply of suburban stories spanning global sites and interpretative perspectives. It offers a fresh take on cultural representations of suburbia that push us to think in more open-minded ways about what the suburbs are and how their meanings have varied across time and space. This is a smart, creative addition to suburban studies scholarship.
— Becky Nicolaides

Exploring fiction, film and art from across the USA, South America, Asia, Europe and Australia, New Suburban Stories brings together new research from leading international scholars to examine cultural representations of the suburbs, home to a rapidly increasing proportion of the world's population. Focussing in particular on works that challenge conventional attitudes to suburbia, the book considers how suburban communities have taken control of their own representation to tell their own stories in contemporary novels, poetry, autobiography, cinema, social media and public art.