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Postmodernism : A Very Short Introduction - Christopher Butler

Postmodernism

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 10th October 2002
ISBN: 9780192802392
Number Of Pages: 152

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Postmodernism has been a buzzword in contemporary society for the last decade. But how can it be defined? In this Very Short Introduction Christopher Butler challenges and explores the key ideas of postmodernists, and their engagement with theory, literature, the visual arts, film, architecture, and music. He treats artists, intellectuals, critics, and social scientists 'as if they were all members of a loosely constituted and quarrelsome political party' - a party which includes such members as Cindy Sherman, Salman Rushdie, Jacques Derrida, Walter Abish, and Richard Rorty - creating a vastly entertaining framework in which to unravel the mysteries of the 'postmodern condition', from the politicizing of museum culture to the cult of the politically correct. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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`a pre-eminently sane, lucid, and concise statement about the central issues, the key examples, and the notorious derilections of postmodernism. I feel a fresh wind blowing away the miasma coiling around the topic.

' Ihab Hassan, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee `the most intellectually incisive, coherent and comprehensive meditation upon the history and significance of postmodernism that I have yet encountered.' Patricia Waugh, University of Durham `easily the best introduction to postmodernism currently available' Hans Bertens, Utrecht University

1: The rise of postmodernism 2: New ways of seeing the world 3: Politics and identity 4: The culture of postmodernism 5: The 'postmodern condition' References Further reading Index

ISBN: 9780192802392
ISBN-10: 0192802399
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: 10th October 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.1 x 13.6  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.12

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