Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction Paperback
Part of the Very Short Introductions series
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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- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 152 pages, numerous halftones
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 10/10/2002
- Category: Theory of art
- ISBN: 9780192802392
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Review by Stbalbach
Postmodernism can be a difficult topic, but this Introduction provides clarity of vision for a subject of muddled origin and meaning. Butler certainly makes value judgments, it is not a NPOV wikipedia article thank goodness; he takes a position in what is ultimately a political movement, but provides multiple POVs. Short but some pages can take a long time to digest, its a "slow read", pithy but never banal.
Review by EThorelli
Good introduction to the topic. I really like these Very Short Introductions.