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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071419659
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 4/22/2003
  • Series: Teach Yourself: General Reference Series
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Glen Ward is an artist and lecturer on visual culture.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
The aims of this book 1
Using this book 2
01 Postmodernisms 3
Postmodernism is everywhere 4
Pre-history 7
Modernity and enlightenment 9
Modernity and modernization 11
Conclusion 14
02 Issues in high and low culture, part one: architecture and literature 16
Modernist architecture 19
Plural coding 21
The function of postmodern architecture 22
Looking to Las Vegas 26
Literature: close that gap 27
03 Issues in high and low culture, part two: visual art 37
Make it new! 38
Playing among the ruins: a brief history of postmodernism in the art world 39
Modernism and autonomy 42
Andy Warhol, postmodernist 47
The end of the art world as they know it? 49
Summary 53
04 The loss of the real 55
On television 56
Welcome to Planet Baudrillard 63
Images in the floating world 66
In summary 77
Influences, comparisons and dialogues 78
05 The deconstruction of meaning 87
Saussure 89
Structuralists at work 93
Poststructuralism 95
Poststructuralists at work 97
Deconstructing opposites 105
Conclusion 108
Writing 108
New historicism: a postmodern approach to history 111
Deconstruction and architecture 112
Concluding thoughts 115
06 Postmodern identities, part one: transformations of the self 117
The changing nature of the self 118
The stylization of life 121
Identity in the city 123
Cyberpeople 125
The next sexual revolution? 127
You will never know the real me: Madonna 130
Identity as construction 135
Summary 138
07 Postmodern identities, part two: theories of subjectivity 140
Michael Foucault: the invention of man 141
Let's talk about sex 144
Summary 147
The deconstructed self: Jacques Lacan 147
Is the postmodern condition schizophrenic? 155
Summary 155
The fiction of expression 157
New romantics, old romantics 159
The Death of the Author 160
Summary 167
08 Postmodern politics 168
Lyotard: when worlds collide 169
The transformation of Marxism 173
Postmodern micropolitics 175
The techniques of daily life 177
Criticisms of post-Marxism 178
Postmodernism, truth and history 182
Postmodern space 184
Theorizing in the city 189
Local versus global culture 191
Non-places 192
Post-coloniality 195
Does postmodernism mean not believing in anything? some problems of cultural relativism 199
Postscript 202
Chronology 204
Glossary 210
Taking it further 222
Books 222
Websites 229
Index 230
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