Introducing Postmodernism

  • by Richard Appignanesi
  • Narrated by William Roberts
  • 1 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What on earth is postmodernism? Here, at last, is the perfect audio guide to the maddeningly enigmatic concept that has been used to describe our cultural condition of the late-20th and early-21st centuries.
Postmodernism claims that "modernity", which grew from the Enlightenment to the Industrial Revolution and Marxism, has collapsed. We now live in an endlessly "contemporary" culture, a virtual world of "hyperreality" containing such strange phenomena as post-Holocaust amnesia, Disneyland, cyberspace, and Fukuyama's proclaimed "end of history".
Richard Appignanesi, author of the best-selling book Introducing Postmodernism, takes the listener on a roller-coaster ride through the key areas of postmodern debate and explains the essentials of structuralism, semiotics, and deconstruction as developed by Foucault, Levi-Strauss, Barthes, Derrida, Lacan, Lyotard, and others. It is a crucial guide for anyone wanting to understand the hall of mirrors that is postmodernism.


What the Critics Say

"Brilliantly wide-ranging." (Sunday Times)
"A perfect match of form and content." (Times Educational Supplement)


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Customer Reviews

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Severely Lacking

What seemed to be an intriguing summary of postmodern theory turned out to be a scattered, obnoxious, and unhelpful listen. The audiobook is filled with sound effects and childish attempts at comedy that do not provide any clarification as one might assume. Major postmodern theorists such as Foucault are oversimplified and never explained, which will likely confuse the newcomer to such theory.
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- Jim

The ideas are there, but...

This audiobook touches on many significant ideas and writers, and covers many prominent postmodern works in art, architecture, literature, philosophy,etc.

However, the presentation is awful. The ideas are presented as if the original writers and artists were reading and comenting on their own work. The acting is terrible and the accents--especially the French and German--are terrible, often difficult to understand or just downright annoying.

Unfortunately, the deeply flawed production obscures the ideas.
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- Jonathan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2005
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks