What the Age Demanded: Power and Resistance in Premodern and Postmodern Texts
Linkages exist between premodern and postmodern texts in such areas as the construction and maintenance of power, as well as in the varieties of resistant experience. Power is something that we all participate in—primarily through what we know, wherein knowledge equals praxis. If knowledge is something we do, then our choices about what we know can be places of resistance. Premodern examples of such resistance can be found in St. Augustine, the desert fathers, the mystics and the “little saints” of Aquitaine. Are these examples so different from postmodernists? Anarchy is not advocated, but an awareness of the constructs of power that we encounter not just in the academy but also in every day life. We live in an age that demands “a mould in plaster,” where reality equals reality TV. Yet pockets of resistance “punctually come forever and ever.”
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