This latest addition to Oneworld's bestselling Beginner's Guide series draws on everything from the Nike culture of branded America to the groundbreaking theories of Derrida and Baudrillard. Adopting the role of tour guide, award-winning writer Kevin Hart leads the reader through the pitfalls, conundrums and complexities that characterize postmodernism, while providing an overview of the many different approaches (philosophical, cultural, literary) to the subject. All the major thinkers are introduced - from Derrida to Blanchot, Irigaray to Foucault, and more besides while the book is unique among introductory guides in its consideration of the role of religion in a postmodern world.
About the Author
Author Kevin Hart is Professor English at the University of Notre Dame, Illinois, USA. He is the author or editor of 15 books, and has published seven collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Flame Tree: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2001).
"Immensely useful, enabling us to gain, because of its clarity and incisiveness, a broad overview of a complex international development without simplifying either its literary or philosophical richness." Geoffrey Hartman,Sterling Professor emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Yale University "Invaluable: deserves the attention of all serious students of post-modernity." David Tracy, Professor of Theology and the Philosophy of Religion in the Divinity School, University of Chicago"No one will fail to learn from this primer that is charming, personal, chatty and informative, and manages to be both erudite and readable." John D. Caputo, David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy, Villanova University USA