The Postmodernism Reader
Postmodernism too often seems to be an evasive body of ideas rather than a clear cut concept, mainly characterized by all-embracing assertions. Yet it can be referred to as an intellectual project with specific roots and a historical development. "The...
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Postmodernism too often seems to be an evasive body of ideas rather than a clear cut concept, mainly characterized by all-embracing assertions. Yet it can be referred to as an intellectual project with specific roots and a historical development. "The Postmodernism" "Reader" traces the origins, evolvement and the politics of postmodernism through the key writings of postmodernist thinkers. This collection of foundational essays restores the poignancy that has been lost - or even emphatically rejected - in the debate about postmodernism by focussing on central formative texts and the predominant thinkers we have come to associate with postmodernist theory. ^Michael Drolet's authoritative introductory essay and his careful selection of texts provide a solid basis for the study of postmodernism by uncovering the philosophical origins of present theories and focussing on their major aspects, thus clearing a path through the maze of knowledge that we call postmodernism. Arranged in thre
Introduction Chapter I - The Crisis of Modernity and the birth of the Concept of Postmodernism Introduction 1. Michel Foucault, What is enlightenment? 2. Marshall Berman, All That is Solid Melts into Air. 3. Michel Foucault, The Order of Things. 4. Michel Foucault, Nietzsche, Genealogy, History. 5. Jacques Derrida, Cogito and the History of Madness. 6. Gilles Deleuze, Nietzsche and Philosophy. Chapter II - The Postmodern Condition: a Concept in Emergence. Introduction 7. Jean-Franois Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition. 8. Jacques Derrida, Dissemination. 9. Gilles Deleuze, Difference and Repetition. 10. Michel Foucault, Theatrum philosophicum. 11. Jacques Derrida, The Time of a thesis: punctuations. 12. Gilles Deleuze, Immanence: A Life. 13. Jean-Franois Lyotard, The intimacy of Terror. 14. Fredric Jameson, Postmodernism, or, the cultural logic of late capitalism. Chapter III - Difference, Aesthetics, Politics and History: Postmodern Reflections. Introduction 15. Jean-Franois Lyotard, The Differend. 16. Luce Irigaray, Sexual Difference. 17. Jean-Franois Lyotard, Answer to the Question: What is the Postmodern? 18. Zygmunt Bauman, A Sociological Theory of Postmodernity. 19. W. van Reijen and D. Veerman, Psychoanalysis, Aesthetics and the Politics of Difference: an interview with Jean-Franois Lyotard. 20. Jean Baudrillard, History and The Illusion of the End. 21. Jacques Derrida, Specters of Marx.
Michael Drolet is with Royal Holloway University of London.<BR>