The Post-Modern Reader / Edition 2

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Post-Modernism has been debated, attacked and defended for over three decades. It is, however, not just a fashion or style but part of a greater movement in all areas of culture, and one which stubbornly persists like its parent, Modernism. The Post-Modern Reader is a seminal anthology that presents this trend in all its diversity, as a convergence in architecture and literature, sociology and cultural theory, feminism and theology, science and economics.

For this new edition, editor Charles Jencks has provided an entirely new definitive introductory essay ‘What Then Is Post-Modernism?’ that reflects on the movement’s coming of age. The book also encompasses essential classic texts on the subject by John Barth, Umberto Eco, David Harvey, Jane Jacobs, Jean-François Lyotard and Robert Venturi, while imcorporating new articles by Felipe Fernández-Armesto, John Gray, Ihab Hassan and Anatole Kaletsky. Each text is introduced and contextualized got the reader with a new short introductory passage.

  • A new edition of a classic anthology of 26 texts covering the full gamut of Post-Modern thought from architecture and literature to economics and theology.
  • The Reader includes key texts by John Barth, Umberto Eco, David Harvey, Jane Jacobs, Jean-François Lyotard and Robert Venturi.
  • A book edited by the most influential figure behind the Post-Modern movement – Charles Jencks.
  • A timely and informative publication for students that captures the renewed interest in Post-Modernism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470748664
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/25/2011
  • Series: AD Reader Series, #4
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Jencks is an architectural theorist, landscape architect and designer, whose books on the history and criticism of Modernism and Post-Modernism are widely regarded throughout the world. His 1977 book The Language of Post-Modern Architecture, which has evolved over seven new editions, defined Post-Modernism as a cultural movement and popularised its use in relation to architecture. In recent years, Jencks has become a leading figure in landscape architecture. He continues to write and lecture internationally.

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Table of Contents

Preface 6
List of Contributors 8
Ch. 1 New Culture Theory
The Postmodern Agenda 10
Mapping the Postmodern 40
Postscript to The Name of the Rose 73
Theorising the Postmodern 76
Post-Modernism as Culmination 94
Defining the Post-Modern 119
Ch. 2 Late Modernism as Postmodernism
What is Postmodernism? 138
The Ecstasy of Communication 151
Modernity: An Unfinished Project 158
Ch. 3 Literature, Art, Architecture, Film
The Literature of Replenishment 172
Mimesis and Diegesis in Modern Fiction 181
Pluralism in Postmodern Perspective 196
What is the Postmodern? 208
The Post-Avant-Garde 215
Blue Velvet: Postmodern Contradictions 225
Postmodern Architecture 234
Ch. 4 Sociology, Politics, Geography
The Coming of the Post-Industrial Society 250
Fordism and Post-Fordism 267
Taking Los Angeles Apart 277
The Condition of Postmodernity 299
Ch. 5 Feminism
Feminism and Postmodernism 318
The Discourse of Others 333
Ch. 6 Science and Religion
Chaos and Complexity 350
The Reenchantment of Science 354
Creativity and Postmodern Religion 373
Postmodern Science and a Postmodern World 383
The Postmodern Challenge to Biology 392
Gaia and Evolution 399
Why We Need a Global Ethic 409
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