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Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction [#074]
Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction [#074]
  • Enjoyable discussion of a subject popular amongst students and general readers interested in contemporary culture
  • Covers a wide range of theorists, artists, and writers
  • Highlights the positive and negative aspects of postmodernism
  • Examines the aesthetic, philosophical, and political realms of postmodernism
  • Chris Butler writes lucidly and perceptively

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.


1: The rise of postmodernism
2: New ways of seeing the world
3: Politics and identity
4: The culture of postmodernism
5: The 'postmodern condition'
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About the author: 

Christopher Butler is Professor of English Literature at Oxford University, and is the author of many books, including Early Modernism (OUP, 1994).

"This VSI is a terrific book. If you've ever had doubts about post-modernism and its manifestations in art, literature and identity politics, yet wondered how intelligent people came to be influenced by it ... if you are open-minded enough to consider whether there is anything worthwhile about postmodernism rather than just be mocked or dismissed out of hand ... this VSI is the book for you." - ANZ LitLovers

Product details

ISBN : 9780192802392

Christopher Butler
152 Pages
111 x 174 mm
Pub date
Oct 2002
Very Short Introductions
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Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction [#074]

Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction [#074]

Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction [#074]