Introducing Postmodernism

  • by Richard Appignanesi
  • Narrated by William Roberts
  • 1 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What on earth is postmodernism? Here, at last, is the perfect audio guide to the maddeningly enigmatic concept that has been used to describe our cultural condition of the late-20th and early-21st centuries.
Postmodernism claims that "modernity", which grew from the Enlightenment to the Industrial Revolution and Marxism, has collapsed. We now live in an endlessly "contemporary" culture, a virtual world of "hyperreality" containing such strange phenomena as post-Holocaust amnesia, Disneyland, cyberspace, and Fukuyama's proclaimed "end of history".
Richard Appignanesi, author of the best-selling book Introducing Postmodernism, takes the listener on a roller-coaster ride through the key areas of postmodern debate and explains the essentials of structuralism, semiotics, and deconstruction as developed by Foucault, Levi-Strauss, Barthes, Derrida, Lacan, Lyotard, and others. It is a crucial guide for anyone wanting to understand the hall of mirrors that is postmodernism.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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What the Critics Say

"Brilliantly wide-ranging." (Sunday Times)
"A perfect match of form and content." (Times Educational Supplement)

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Disappointing

Very disappointing introduction to Postmodernism. Told from the perspective of a married older couple, which takes a walk through a museum, encountering different postmodernist thinkers. The neurotic screaming and stupidity of the lady make it hard to concentrate on the Audiobook. Most of the time the actors are talking with very exaggerated French, German or Russian accents, which are simply annoying. Very childish introduction to Postmodernism.
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- Melina

Brilliant!

A truly original audiobook, chaotic, entertaining, funny and sublime.
Recommended to philosophy students and commuter dreamers!
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- Duncan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-08-2005
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks