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Teach Yourself Postmodernism / Edition 2

Teach Yourself Postmodernism / Edition 2

by Glenn Ward
     
 

ISBN-10: 0071419659

ISBN-13: 9780071419659

Pub. Date: 04/22/2003

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

Are there no new ideas to be invented? Are today's ideas really just borrowed from previous times? Postmodernism says this is so, and it's one of the hottest philosophies of today. The book provides an indispensable guide to this often-demanding terrain for readers encountering theories of postmodernism for the first time and places the subject in a broad context.

Overview

Are there no new ideas to be invented? Are today's ideas really just borrowed from previous times? Postmodernism says this is so, and it's one of the hottest philosophies of today. The book provides an indispensable guide to this often-demanding terrain for readers encountering theories of postmodernism for the first time and places the subject in a broad context. It introduces a wide range of ideas, thinkers, and views yet maintains the readers' focus by linking theory with concrete examples from both "high" and "popular" culture. After completing Teach Yourself Postmodernism, readers will never look at their world the same way again.

Glen Ward is an artist and lecturer on visual culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071419659
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
04/22/2003
Series:
Teach Yourself: General Reference Series
Edition description:
Subsequent
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.58(d)

Table of Contents

Preface1
The aims of this book1
Using this book2
01Postmodernisms3
Postmodernism is everywhere4
Pre-history7
Modernity and enlightenment9
Modernity and modernization11
Conclusion14
02Issues in high and low culture, part one: architecture and literature16
Modernist architecture19
Plural coding21
The function of postmodern architecture22
Looking to Las Vegas26
Literature: close that gap27
03Issues in high and low culture, part two: visual art37
Make it new!38
Playing among the ruins: a brief history of postmodernism in the art world39
Modernism and autonomy42
Andy Warhol, postmodernist47
The end of the art world as they know it?49
Summary53
04The loss of the real55
On television56
Welcome to Planet Baudrillard63
Images in the floating world66
In summary77
Influences, comparisons and dialogues78
05The deconstruction of meaning87
Saussure89
Structuralists at work93
Poststructuralism95
Poststructuralists at work97
Deconstructing opposites105
Conclusion108
Writing108
New historicism: a postmodern approach to history111
Deconstruction and architecture112
Concluding thoughts115
06Postmodern identities, part one: transformations of the self117
The changing nature of the self118
The stylization of life121
Identity in the city123
Cyberpeople125
The next sexual revolution?127
You will never know the real me: Madonna130
Identity as construction135
Summary138
07Postmodern identities, part two: theories of subjectivity140
Michael Foucault: the invention of man141
Let's talk about sex144
Summary147
The deconstructed self: Jacques Lacan147
Is the postmodern condition schizophrenic?155
Summary155
The fiction of expression157
New romantics, old romantics159
The Death of the Author160
Summary167
08Postmodern politics168
Lyotard: when worlds collide169
The transformation of Marxism173
Postmodern micropolitics175
The techniques of daily life177
Criticisms of post-Marxism178
Postmodernism, truth and history182
Postmodern space184
Theorizing in the city189
Local versus global culture191
Non-places192
Post-coloniality195
Does postmodernism mean not believing in anything? some problems of cultural relativism199
Postscript202
Chronology204
Glossary210
Taking it further222
Books222
Websites229
Index230

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