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Introducing Postmodernism: A Graphic Guide [Paperback]

Richard Appignanesi , Chris Garratt
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6 Sep 2007 Introducing...
What connects Marliyn Monroe, Disneyworld, "The Satanic Verses" and cyber space? Answer: Postmodernism. But what exactly is postmodernism? This graphic guide explains clearly the maddeningly enigmatic concept that has been used to define the world's cultural condition over the last three decades. "Introducing Postmodernism" tracks the idea back to its roots by taking a tour of some of the most extreme and exhilarating events, people and thought of the last 100 years: in art - constructivism, conceptual art, Marcel Duchamp, Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol; in politics and history - McCarthy's witch-hunts, feminism, Francis Fukuyama and the Holocaust; in philosophy - the work of Derrida, Baudrillard, Foucault and Heidegger. The book also explores postmodernism's take on today, and the anxious grip of globalisation, unpredictable terrorism and unforeseen war that greeted the dawn of the 21st century. Regularly controversial, rarely straightforward and seldom easy, postmodernism is nonetheless a thrilling intellectual adventure. "Introducing Postmodernism" is the ideal guide.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd; New Ed edition (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840468491
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840468496
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 11.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brilliantly wide-ranging" -- Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Richard Appignanesi is a novelist, editor and publisher, and a Research Fellow at King's College London. He is the originating editor of the Introducing series and has also written Freud and Existentialism books in the series. Chris Garratt is an illustrator and cartoonist whose "Biff" comic series ran for twenty years in the Guardian.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, impenetrable- of no use on its own. 24 Dec 2003
As a reference book on postmodernism, this is a great. As a piece of art on postmodernism, it is also a triumph. As an introduction, however, it is completely and utterly useless. If you want to begin to understand the ideas in this book, pick up a "Teach Yourself Postmodernism"- far superiour as an introduction, but it misses out the most recent developments, and is not nearly so fascinating. Until then, this book serves an a labrynthine novelty- afterwards, it becomes a very useful and elegant reference book.
Possibly the only book I've ever read to jump from 1 to 5 stars on second reading.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard work but has some real gems 5 Sep 2000
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Despite the excellent illustrations this books is a bit of a struggle for the uninitiated (possible even for the initiated)especially the second section. As an introduction it probably does its job - it left me with a taste for the subject, wanting to know more and a useful list of further reading. The nature of the book is that it is a swift trawl through an extremely complex subject. My preference would have been a less technically complex text with greater sympathy for the layman...but maybe I bought the wrong book! This is the kind of book that needs an associated website to help answer your questions...hey, maybe I've just discovered a new concept for publishers (hint, hint!)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the glossary? 28 Sep 2001
By A Customer
I'm an A level art student so i was half expecting this book to be a little beyond me, but my art tutor found it incredibly hard going too. It's a good idea to put all the hard words in bold, but it would be a better idea to actually explain what they mean. On the upside this book has left me wanting to find out a lot more, maybe thats because i now know a lot of the words and don't know what they mean. I hope they make one of the 'dummies guides' to postmodernism soon!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Introducing, my foot! 26 Dec 2002
By Ralph Blumenau TOP 500 REVIEWER
I have the 1995 edition of this book - same cover, same authors, presumably the same text inside, but with the title "Postmodernism for Beginners". I think that title falls foul of the Trade Description Act, but so, I think, does the present one. I know a little about Postmodernism from a much better short book (Christopher Butler's "Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction", Oxford 2002), and I found particularly the first half of the Appignanesi book absolutely impenetrable. That first half, unlike Butler's, includes Structuralism in Postmodernism; but on Structuralism you would do much better to read John Sturrock's short "Structuralism" (Paladin), which is much more lucid and accessible, even if it doesn't have pictures in it! The second half of the Appignanesi book does at least have some suggestive ideas about the contemporary world.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By ShiDaDao Ph.D TOP 1000 REVIEWER
This book has four creators - three authors and one illustrator. Richard Appignanesi is a Research Associate at King's College, London, and is the 'originating' editor of the 'Introducing' series. Chris Garret works for the Guardian Newspaper as a illustrator, and is responsible for the extensive lined drawings, photographs and illustrative cartoons throughout this presentation. Ziauddin Sardar is a writer, broadcaster and Visiting Professor at Middlesex University. Patrick Curry is a writer and historian. All four participants have worked upon other titles in the 'Introducing' series. Their combined expertise has produced a very concise work, describing the condition of postmodernism.

The paperback 1999) edition contains 138 numbered pages, and consists of an Acknowledgements section, a Further Reading section and a Biographies section - but in true postmodern style, these sections occur at the back of th book, just prior to the Index. There is no 'Contents' section at the beginning of the book. Instead, the book builds logically toward a definition of just what exactly 'postmodernism' is, within a historical, philosophical and artistic context. Each chapter comprises of either '1' or '2' pages of easly accessible information. and the book is separated into three distinct genealogical sections:

Part One: The Genealogy of Postmodern Art.
Part Two: The Genealogy of Postmodern Theory.
Part Three: The Genealogy of Postmodern History.

Modernism is the cultural and political state of being that emerged out of the European Enlightenment (c. 1650-1800), the Industrial Revolution (1750-1850), and the subsequent technological advances achieved therefrom.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for a student 22 Dec 2003
As a student of Sociology, I am always needing sources of reference to help me understand difficult ideas and theories. This book, (and the Introducing Sociology book) is brilliant for helping someone studying, or simply interested, sociology. The knowledge gained from reading this book can also be used in subjects like English, history and geography. It can also be put to use in everyday life.
Just as the rest of the books in this series, Introducing Postmodernism helps break down, simplify and explain the important and relevant issues of the title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars so helpful 12 Dec 2013
By kat
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Breaks down all the art speak to an understandable level. Explanations are thorough as well as a visually stimulating layout
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2.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not for beginners!
I bought this book to introduce me to postmodernism before studying it. I read it and it made no sense. I then studied it and read it again, and now it makes perfect sense! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Thomas D. Hill
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very coherent
I bought this as a resource for my design students. It is quite good if you already know a lot about Post-modernism and just want to jog your memory but it is useless for anything... Read more
Published 13 months ago by R. Long
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult, hilarious, enlightening
I love this book. It's a work of genius. Taking you on a dizzying, whistle-stop tour of the post-modernist take on 20th century (and early 21st century) philosophy, art, literary... Read more
Published 16 months ago by P. Gooch
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for any Arts Student!
Has been helpful to read and cite in essays and practical work research. Would be suitable for anyone doing anything even remotely art related.
Published on 18 Feb 2012 by Miss Holly K. Clarke
4.0 out of 5 stars Starts wonderfully, then straps itself into a rocketship and takes off...
This book has a lot going for it, especially in this new 'compact' format with the Marilyn Monroe cover. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2010 by Cheese Steak Jimmy
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear, visual, accessible and welcome help with understanding...
This little book gives a very clear illustration to the confusing movement called "Post-Modernism". It explains the jargon that clouds modern philosophy with many 'eureka' moments... Read more
Published on 2 May 2010 by C. M. Bates
4.0 out of 5 stars It isn't the best book I have read on the subject, but does a pretty...
"Introducing Postmodernism", by Richard Appignanesi, is just as its name suggests, a good basic introduction to Postmodernism. Read more
Published on 6 May 2007 by M. B. Alcat
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