INTRODUCTION

 

The task of this paper is to set out the argument that there are resemblances between today's 'post-modern' era, and the era immediately prior to that of Modernity, commonly known as the Baroque. These resemblances - and we shall find that 'resemblance' carries much more meaning than just similarity - occur, moreover, on a 'performative' level: they have to do with who we are, and how what we do defines whom we are.

This paper, then, is as much about identity as it is about history; ultimately, it is about how our notions of who we are themselves historically contingent. In this respect, this paper is a 'history of the present' (ala Foucault,) a glimpse into pertinent aspects of the past that may shed light upon today.


CONTENTS

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