Chrisopher Butler's even-handed, eloquently written primer pierces through the nebulousness surrounding this oft-discussed and frequently misunderstood subject, and offers a succinct yet comprehensive look at its fundamental precepts, its inception in architecture and eventual prevalence in all art forms, as well its relation to other theories, including, but not limited to, deconstruction and post-colonialism.
The welcoming and amiable tone of narrator Christine Williams lends an approachable feel to this enlightening audiobook that will appeal to those both familiar and unfamiliar with the subject at hand.
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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I was hoping for a general introduction to the topic, but was disappointed to instead find an extremely slanted critique of postmodernism. I don't know why this anti-postmodernism tract was given the general and misleading title of "postmodernism." The author does provide arguments against postmodernism, but also frequently simply dismisses or belittles postmodernist ideas without actually refuting them or demonstrating any actual flaws. He will, for example, in passing refer to postmodernist concepts as "shallow," "uninspiring," "merely conceptual," etc. without justifying his own personal interpretation. If you're looking for an anti-postmodernism book, look no further. Otherwise, you'd do better to read something else.
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