Understand Postmodernism: Teach Yourself by Glenn Ward

Understand Postmodernism: Teach Yourself
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    Glenn Ward
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    Understand Postmodernism: Teach Yourself
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    Teach Yourself (October 29, 2010)
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Is this the right book for me? An indispensable guide to this sometimes challenging domain. Using contemporary examples to further your understanding, it takes a broad look at theorists in a range of disciplines. Whether you're encountering postmodernism for the first time, or you need a quick reference to support your studies, this guide offers a comprehensive introduction to the key ideas in this thought-provoking philosophy. Understand Postmodernism includes: Chapter 1: Postmodernisms Postmodernism is everywhere Pre-history Modernity and Enlightenment Modernity and modernization In or after modernity? Nothing new? A distinction Postmodernism's elasticity Chapter 2: Issues in 'high' and 'low' culture (I): architecture and literature The demolition of modernist architecture Literature: mind the gap The cultural mix Chapter 3: Issues in 'high' and 'low' culture (II): visual art A preliminary note Make it new! Playing among the ruins: a brief history of postmodernism in the art world Modernism and the autonomy of art Andy Warhol The end of the world as they know it? Chapter 4: The loss of the real On television Welcome to Planet Baudrillard Baudrillard's influences Chapter 5: The deconstruction of meaning Structuralism Poststructuralism The influence of deconstruction Problems of meaning and value Chapter 6: Postmodern identities (I): transformations of the self The changing nature of the self The stylization of life Identity in the city Cyberpeople The next sexual revolution? You will never know the real me: Madonna Masks of femininity Identity as construction Chapter 7: Postmodern identities (II): theories of subjectivity Michel Foucault: the invention of man Let's talk about sex The deconstructed self: Jacques Lacan The dispersed subject Is the postmodern condition schizophrenic? The fiction of expression Chapter 8: Postmodern politics Lyotard: when worlds collide The transformation of Marxism Postmodernism, truth and history Postmodern space Theorizing the city Local versus global culture Postcoloniality Does postmodernism mean not believing in anything? Post-postmodernism? Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledge Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of postmodernism. Five things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

I really like how this book presents it's information. It's a tough subject for me and I can only read a few pages at a time, but it's great food for thought. I'm highlighting the heck out of the thing on my Kindle.
It took a while to receive, but the book is in just as good shape as if I'd bought it brand new from a store in town, but a lot less expensive, which is great since it is a required reading for my class. Thanks again!
gibberish. It's a cut and paste of nonsense. And if it isn't? Then philosophy is in deep trouble.
This is a superb overview of postmodernism. From its beginnings as a criticism of modern architecture, to its application to all other forms of art, and to, finally, culture and society, postmodernism has permeated all aspects of life in the Western world. Author Glenn Ward, who, at the time of this writing, is working on his PhD in Film Studies, has done an excellent job of presenting the ideas behind postmodernism in a historical format. He reviews the major players in great detail, and clearly and concisely explains the thrust of their ideas.

Every chapter has an ending summary of the most important points. There are numerous references to books that go into more detail regarding particular points of postmodernism. The book ends with a Timeline, a Glossary of important, relevant terms, and an Index. Mr. Ward is not an apologist for postmodernism. He calls a spade a spade, and is more than diligent in pointing out the blemishes, failures and contradictions that critics have noted about postmodernism. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and have already set my sights on coming back to it again.

The main idea of postmodernism can be summed up in one sentence: "All viewpoints are valid." Read this book and get the best view of postmodernism currently in print. John V. Karavitis
I'm still not sure if postmodernism is a social condition, a cultural experience, or an abstract idea. It's possibly all three. Perhaps it's something else. But let's not worry about that right now.

What I do know, for sure, is this introductory book packs one hell of a punch: it's just full of eye-opening, thought-provoking ideas, all, thankfully, concisely and cogently expressed. This stuff's intellectual heroin; it may well blow your mind. Don't say you haven't been warned.

Really, if you've ever had the feeling (however dimly) that we're living in "new times" (epochal change "new times") - that is, consciousness, culture, and the organisation of society are not what they used to be - then this is likely to be the "postmodern condition" you've encountered. Further, if you, like me, have a mind that's just a bit relativistic, then you may well be a natural to all this. You've got the gene, as they say. Congratulations. This book's the baby, then; it'll give your thoughts some definition, a home.

Seriously, if you're interested in learning about essentialism, anti-essentialism, deconstruction, discourse, post-structuralism, hyper-reality, incommensurability, language games, semiotics, death of the author, post-humanism, metaphysics of presence, social constructivism, sexualities, cyberpunk, cyberfeminism, incredulity towards metanarratives, society as spectacle, "high" and "low" culture, Madonna's multiple identity, death of the real, intertextuality, knowingness, the anthropology of non-places, micro-political subversion, centrisms, Warhol's hybridity, boundary blurring, the poetics of place, bricolage, simulation, AND A WHOLE LOT MORE, then this wide-ranging book's for you. Most definitely.

Honestly, a thoroughly outstanding starting point. I can't praise it enough.

Well done, Mr Ward. (Someone, please, give the teacher an apple.)
Incredible book on this broad cultural movement, don't be fooled by the title this isn't a 'X for dummies' book, it reads like a textbook while still being accessible. Really opened my eyes to a lot of ideas on the world happening around me.