An Introductory Guide to Post-Structuralism and Postmodernism

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Madan Sarup has now revised his accessible and popular introduction to post-structuralist and postmodern theory. A new introductory section discusses the meaning of such concepts as modernity, postmodernity, modernization, modernism, and postmodernism. A section on feminist criticism of Lacan and Foucault has been added, together with a new chapter on French feminist theory focusing on the work of Hélène Cixous, Luce Irigaray, and Julia Kristeva.

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Overview

Madan Sarup has now revised his accessible and popular introduction to post-structuralist and postmodern theory. A new introductory section discusses the meaning of such concepts as modernity, postmodernity, modernization, modernism, and postmodernism. A section on feminist criticism of Lacan and Foucault has been added, together with a new chapter on French feminist theory focusing on the work of Hélène Cixous, Luce Irigaray, and Julia Kristeva.

The chapter on postmodernism has been significantly expanded to include a discussion of Lyotard's language games and his use of the category "sublime." This chapter ends with a discussion of the relationship between feminism and postmodernism. A further chapter has been added on the work of Jean Baudrillard, a cult figure on the current postmodernist scene, whose ideas have attained a wide currency. The chapter includes a new section on postmodern cultural practices as revealed in architecture, TV, video, and film. Suggestions for further reading are now listed at the end of each chapter and are upgraded and annotated.

In tracing the impact of post-structuralist thought not only on literary criticism but on such disciplines as philosophy, politics, psychoanalysis, the social sciences, and art, this book will be essential reading for those who want a clear and incisive introduction to the theories that continue to have widespread influence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820315386
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240

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Madan Sarup taught at the South Bank University, London. His publications include The Politics of Multiracial Education (1986), Education and the Ideologies of Racism (1991), and Jacques Lacan (1992).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Lacan and psychoanalysis 5
Self and language 10
Self and identity 12
Freud and Lacan 14
Hegel and Lacan 17
The sense of loss 21
The imaginary, the symbolic and the real 24
Some criticisms of Lacan 26
2 Derrida and deconstruction 32
The instability of language 32
Phonocentrism-logocentrism 34
Rousseau and Levi-Strauss 38
Freud and Lacan 42
Nietzsche and metaphor 45
Understanding metaphor 47
The politics of metaphor 48
Deconstruction and Marxism 50
3 Foucault and the social sciences 58
Introduction: Foucault's view of history 58
Reason and unreason 59
A struggle over meaning 65
Disciplinary power 66
Technical rationality 69
Sexuality and power 70
Power and knowledge 73
Foucault and Althusser 75
Foucault's critique of Marxism 78
Some criticisms of Foucault's work 80
4 Some currents within post-structuralism 90
Nietzsche contra Hegel 90
Deleuze and Guattari: the return to the imaginary 93
Prisoners of discourse 97
The celebration of intensity 99
The 'new philosophers' 101
5 Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva: French feminist theories 109
Helene Cixous 109
Luce Irigaray 116
Julia Kristeva 122
6 Lyotard and postmodernism 129
Introduction: meanings and characteristics 129
Postmodernism 131
The postmodern condition 132
Narrative knowledge and scientific knowledge 135
The mercantilization of knowledge 138
Bourgeois art and its function in society 139
The main features of the avant-garde 141
Modernism and postmodernism 143
The main features of postmodernism 144
Totality or fragmentation 147
On language games and the sublime 150
Some criticisms of Lyotard's work 152
Feminism and postmodernism 155
7 Baudrillard and some cultural practices 161
Baudrillard 161
Some postmodernist cultural practices 168
Conclusion 178
Notes 188
Index 202
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