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Introducing Postmodernism

Introducing Postmodernism


Introducing Postmodernism

ratings:
3/5 (14 ratings)
Length:
1 hour
Released:
Mar 1, 2005
ISBN:
9789629547035
Format:
Audiobook

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Postmodernism seemed to promise an end to the grim Cold War era of nuclear confrontation and oppressive ideologies. The notoriously proclaimed ‘end of history’, the triumph of liberal democracy over Communist tyranny, proved to be an illusion, and we awoke in the anxious grip of globalization, unpredictable terrorism and unforeseen war. Has the twenty-first century resolved the question of postmodernism or are we more than ever ensnared in its perplexities? Recorded in association with Icon Books.
Released:
Mar 1, 2005
ISBN:
9789629547035
Format:
Audiobook


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  • (3/5)
    I'm not sure what I think of this book - I liked the format, but I found that there wasn't enough info to understand the short snippets of post-modernism. I really don't understand it - it seems to be at times contradictory, but maybe I just need to find a different book on the subject. Either way, I'm glad I read it.
  • (3/5)
    Concise and informative. It brings the struggles of post-modern thinkers to light, and gives them wholly new meanings to the initiate. Don't laugh when you read about Derrida and "logocentrism."
  • (5/5)
    Philosophy as if told by the Phytons. Hilarious is it darling.
  • (4/5)
    Not bad overall. It goes through topics quite quickly so some of the more difficult concepts (like some of the French theorists mentioned early) are hard to pick up. By the end, and this might be a function of the relative ease in understanding more recent thinkers, the book flows quite well.
  • (3/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    I had to study postmodernism years ago and I recall handing a fairly good assignment in without ever truly grasping what the fuck postmodernism is. This book has been on my shelf since then and as I read it this week, it occurred to me that the book would have been quite useful to read back then.

    For an introduction, it covers a lot of ground and for every idea I found myself still struggling with, there was a lot in here that actually does inform and illuminate. What I liked most of all was it got me thinking about the world we live in, the things we perceive and the meanings we infer from our environment.

    There was a moment while I was reading this that I was reminded of an Angel episode (at least I think it was an episode of that show), where our brooding protagonist says that there is no meaning to life, which is why everything we do has to mean something (or something like that). This book had me thinking a lot about the meanings we have shoved in our faces, meanings that have nothing to do with reality (whatever that might be).

    For a small introduction, this book certainly does give you a mental work out and not without actually expanding your understanding of the concept/s of postmodernism. This is a keeper. It definitely makes you sit back and marvel at the fact that we're a pretty complex and angst-ridden life form.

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  • (2/5)
    Mademoiselle d'avignon is not cubist.
  • (2/5)
    Got the gist but I'm no closer to a simple, working definition of postmodernism (is anyone?).