Understand Postmodernism

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Learn to understand and appreciate postmodernism

Understand Postmodernism is an indispensable guide to this sometimes challenging domain. Using contemporary examples to further understanding, it takes a broad look at theorists in a range of disciplines. Whether encountering postmodernism for the first time or ...

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Overview

More than 60 million books sold in the Teach Yourself series!
Learn to understand and appreciate postmodernism

Understand Postmodernism is an indispensable guide to this sometimes challenging domain. Using contemporary examples to further understanding, it takes a broad look at theorists in a range of disciplines. Whether encountering postmodernism for the first time or needing a quick reference to support your studies, this guide offers readers a comprehensive introduction to the key ideas in this thought-provoking philosophy.

Includes:

  • An introduction as wide a range of ideas, thinkers and views as possible without losing focus
  • Many examples to help when encountering the theories involved
  • One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started
  • Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the authors' many years of experience
  • Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress
  • Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071769822
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/13/2011
  • Series: Teach Yourself: General Reference Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 538,148
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Glenn Ward lectures in visual culture at the University of the West of England.

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Table of Contents

Meet the author vii

Only got a minute? viii

Only got five minutes? x

Introduction xiii

1 Postmodernisms 1

Postmodernism is everywhere 1

Pre-history 5

Modernity and Enlightenment 7

Modernity and modernization 9

In or after modernity? 10

Nothing new? 12

A distinction 13

Postmodernism's elasticity 14

2 Issues in 'high' and 'low' culture (I): architecture and literature 18

The demolition of modernist architecture 19

Literature: mind the gap 32

The cultural mix 41

3 issues in 'high' and 'low' culture (II): visual art 49

A preliminary note 49

Make it new! 50

Playing among the ruins: a brief history of postmodernism in the art world 51

Modernism and the autonomy of art 57

Andy Warhol 62

The end of the art world as they know it? 65

4 The loss of the real 72

On television 73

Welcome to Planet Baudrillard 81

Baudrillard's influences 102

5 The deconstruction of meaning 114

Structuralism 114

Poststructuralism 124

The influence of deconstruction 143

Problems of meaning and value 149

6 Postmodern identities (I): transformations of the self 152

The changing nature of the self 153

The stylization of life 156

Identity in the city 158

Cyberpeople 161

The next sexual revolution? 164

You will never know the real me: Madonna 168

Masks of femininity 172

Identity as construction 175

7 Postmodern identities (II): theories of subjectivity 181

Michel Foucault: the invention of man 181

Let's talk about sex 185

The deconstructed self: Jacques Lacan 189

The dispersed subject 194

Is the postmodern condition schizophrenic? 201

The fiction of expression 203

8 Postmodern politics 217

Lyotard: when worlds collide 218

The transformation of Marxism 224

Postmodernism, truth and history 235

Postmodern space 236

Theorizing the city 243

Local versus global culture 245

Postcoloniality 250

Does postmodernism mean not believing in anything? Some problems of cultural relativism 255

Post-postmodernism? 261

Timeline 265

Glossary 273

Taking it further 290

Index 295

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