Introducing postmodernism

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Icon Books, 1999 - Art - 173 pages
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What on earth is postmodernism? Here, at last, is a long overdue guide to the maddeningly enigmatic concept which is supposed to define the human cultural condition in the late 20th century. Postmodernism claims that ‘modernity’, which began with The Enlightenment, industrialism and Marx, has collapsed. There is now just an endlessly ‘contemporary’ world full of contested meanings. The resulting postmodern culture embodies parody, pastiche and cultural cross-over. It also claims as its own such diverse phenomena as Andy Warhol, Disneyland and the Gulf War. 'Introducing Postmodernism' takes readers on a roller-coaster ride through structuralism, deconstruction, cyberspace and semiotics in the company of the essential postmodern icons from Lacan and Lyotard to Foucault and Derrida. It is crucial reading for anyone who is fascinated by the hall of mirrors that is postmodernism.

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Review: Introducing Postmodernism (قدمِ اوّل)

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a good read as an introduction, covers a broad range of topics. but more reading is required to really grasp what 'postmodernism' is about. Read full review

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interesting how dated some of these concepts feel after just 20 years Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Appignanesi is editorial director of Icon Books.

Garratt has for many years produced The Guardian's weekly BIFF strip. He teaches part time in the Faculty of Arts and Education at the University of Plymouth, and runs the Blue Lagoon dance band.

Ziauddin Sardar is Professor of Science Policy at Middlesex University and consulting editor of Futures magazine.

Patrick Curry is Senior Lecturer at the Sophia Centre, Bath Spa University College.

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