9780192802392

Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780192802392

  • ISBN10:

    0192802399

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-01-16
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

Postmodernism has become the buzzword of contemporary society over the last decade. But how can it be defined? In this highly readable introduction the mysteries of this most elusive of concepts are unraveled, casting a critical light upon the way we live now, from the politicizing of museum culture to the cult of the politically correct. The key postmodernist ideas are explored and challenged, as they figure in the theory, philosophy, politics, ethics and artwork of the period, and it is shown how they have interacted within a postmodernist culture.

Author Biography


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

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
viii
The rise of postmodernism
1(12)
New ways of seeing the world
13(31)
Politics and identity
44(18)
The culture of postmodernism
62(48)
The `postmodern condition'
110(19)
References 129(4)
Further reading 133(2)
Index 135

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