Han Bertens' "The Idea of the Postmodern" is the first introductory overview of postmodernism to succeed in providing a witty and accessibile guide to the sometimes befuddling subject. In clear, straight forward, and always elegant prose, Bertens sets out the interdisciplinary aspects, the critical debates, the historical development and the key theorists of postmodernism. He also explains, in thoughtful and illuminating language, the relationship between postmodernism and poststructuralism, lucidly distinguishing modernism from postmodernism through an examination of the fields of architecture, visual arts, and photography. Emphasizing the importance played by heterogeneity and difference in postmodern culture, Bertens carefully and adroitly defines the characteristics of postmodernism at every turn of the page.
"A very interesting and useful book.... is intellectual history of a very high order. It is consistently intelligent and interesting. Hans Bertens's book should be very useful for anyone interested in contemporary theoretical debates and a fine addition to any college course in literary or cultural theory.."
-"World Literature Today