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3.0 out of 5 stars And away we go, 25 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: Beginning Postmodernism (Beginnings) (Paperback)
What isn't postmodernism? You may wonder this after reading this book. It's not modernism? It's not postpostmodernism? I don't know.

It's "Blade Runner". It's "Naked Lunch". It's Peter Handke's "Kaspar". It's "Gravity's Rainbow." So far, so good. But, unfortunately for me, postmodernism is also Deridda and Foucault, neither of whom I could make much sense of. And, with them and Baudrillard, I get the feeling that I could never read enough about history, politics, pyschology, culture, economics, art and literary criticism (not to mention architecture) to have any basis for evaluating postmodernist claims. It seems like postmodernist theorists opinionate widely and at a high level, making their claims impossible to verify. But maybe verification isn't postmodern. At any rate, it's beyond my little brain that would like to have some illusion of keeping track of things.

Perhaps postmodernism is characterized, among other things, by moving away from any simple sense that reality can be represented. Accepting fragmentation. In this book Woods shares a lot of ways to recognize postmodernism.

Where that leads, I don't know. Not to Kansas. This is a stimulating book. After you get into it some, you may wish it were less stimulating. How Woods knows as much as he does, I have no idea. He mentions Handke, although the index doesn't include Handke. The index doesn't include Warhol and I didn't find him in the main text. I would have thought Warhol was as postmodern as one could get, but I suppose Woods couldn't cover everyone. Just almost everyone. The bibiography is annotated and should be able to take you onto some good further journeys into postmodernism. It depends on how complicated you want to be. Artists seem to have a much better sense of postmodernism than philosophers. Perhaps postmodernism renders philosophy as we've known it obsolete? If so, then the "Philosophy of Andy Warhol" may point the way to what a postmodernist philosophy csn be.
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