Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | October 1, 2002

byChristopher Butler

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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.

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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, intellectua...

Christopher Butler is Professor of English Literature at Oxford University, and is the author of many books, including Early Modernism (OUP, 1994).

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 1, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192802399

ISBN - 13:9780192802392

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Table of Contents

1. The rise of postmodernism2. New ways of seeing the world3. Politics and identity4. The culture of postmodernism5. The 'postmodern condition'ReferencesFurther readingIndex

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`easily the best introduction to postmodernism currently available'Hans Bertens, Utrecht University