An Introductory Guide to Post-structuralism and Postmodernism

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University of Georgia Press, Jan 1, 1993 - Philosophy - 206 pages
Madan Sarup has now revised his accessible and popular introduction to post-structuralist and postmodern theory. A new introductory section discusses the meaning of such concepts as modernity, postmodernity, modernization, modernism, and postmodernism. A section on feminist criticism of Lacan and Foucault has been added, together with a new chapter on French feminist theory focusing on the work of Hélène Cixous, Luce Irigaray, and Julia Kristeva.

The chapter on postmodernism has been significantly expanded to include a discussion of Lyotard's language games and his use of the category "sublime." This chapter ends with a discussion of the relationship between feminism and postmodernism. A further chapter has been added on the work of Jean Baudrillard, a cult figure on the current postmodernist scene, whose ideas have attained a wide currency. The chapter includes a new section on postmodern cultural practices as revealed in architecture, TV, video, and film. Suggestions for further reading are now listed at the end of each chapter and are upgraded and annotated.

In tracing the impact of post-structuralist thought not only on literary criticism but on such disciplines as philosophy, politics, psychoanalysis, the social sciences, and art, this book will be essential reading for those who want a clear and incisive introduction to the theories that continue to have widespread influence.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Derrida and deconstruction
32
Foucault and the social sciences
58
Some currents within poststructuralism
90
French feminist theories
109
Lyotard and postmodernism
129
Baudrillard and some cultural practices
161
Conclusion
178
Notes
188
Index
203
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Madan Sarup taught at the South Bank University, London. His publications include The Politics of Multiracial Education (1986), Education and the Ideologies of Racism (1991), and Jacques Lacan (1992).

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