Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction, Paperback Book
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Poststructuralism changes the way we understand the relations between human beings, their culture, and the world.

Following a brief account of the historical relationship between structuralism and poststructuralism, this Very Short Introduction traces the key arguments that have led poststructuralists to challenge traditional theories of language and culture.

Whilst the author discusses such well-known figures as Barthes, Foucault, Derrida, and Lacan, she also draws pertinent examples from literature, art, film, and popular culture, unfolding the postructuralist account of what it means to be a human being.

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For anyone who has come across concepts in poststructuralism and postmodernism (i.e. Derrida, Lacan, Barthes, Zizek, Lyotard) and cannot make the most humble glimmer of sense out of any of it, don't despair! As Belsey points out, poststructuralism is all about postponing any signification at all! And any harmony in these philosopher's ideas would go against the grain of their most unifying principle: that there can be no unifying principle.To cut out the facetiousness, this is truly a good introduction to poststructuralism which should be a satisfying pleasure to anyone with the least interest in contemporary (continental) philosophy. It cleared up many things for me, and pointed to a good many follow up sources in its bibliography. Highly recommended.

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Good introduction to the topic. I really like these Very Short Introductions.