Introductory Guide to Post-Structuralism and Postmodernism

ISBN-10: 0820315311

ISBN-13: 9780820315317

Edition: 2nd 1993

Authors: Madan Sarup
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Description: Madan Sarup has now revised his accessible and popular introduction to post-structuralist and postmodern theory. A new introductory section discusses the meaning of such concepts as modernity, postmodernity, modernization, modernism, and postmodernism. A section on feminist criticism of Lacan and Foucault has been added, together with a new chapter on French feminist theory focusing on the work of Helene Cixous, Luce Irigaray, and Julia Kristeva.The chapter on postmodernism has been significantly expanded to include a discussion of Lyotard's language games and his use of the category "sublime." This chapter ends with a discussion of the relationship between feminism and postmodernism. A further chapter has been added on the work of Jean Baudrillard, a cult figure on the current postmodernist scene, whose ideas have attained a wide currency. The chapter includes a new section on postmodern cultural practices as revealed in architecture, TV, video, and film. Suggestions for further reading are now listed at the end of each chapter and are upgraded and annotated.In tracing the impact of post-structuralist thought not only on literary criticism but on such disciplines as philosophy, politics, psychoanalysis, the social sciences, and art, this book will be essential reading for those who want a clear and incisive introduction to the theories that continue to have widespread influence.

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Book details

List price: $26.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 8/1/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Preface to the second edition
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Lacan and psychoanalysis
Self and language
Self and identity
Freud and Lacan
Hegel and Lacan
The sense of loss
The imaginary, the symbolic and the real
Some criticisms of Lacan
Derrida and deconstruction
The instability of language
Phonocentrism-logocentrism
Rousseau and Levi-Strauss
Freud and Lacan
Nietzsche and metaphor
Understanding metaphor
The politics of metaphor
Deconstruction and Marxism
Foucault and the social sciences
Introduction: Foucault's view of history
Reason and unreason
A struggle over meaning
Disciplinary power
Technical rationality
Sexuality and power
Power and knowledge
Foucault and Althusser
Foucault's critique of Marxism
Some criticisms of Foucault's work
Some currents within post-structuralism
Nietzsche contra Hegel
Deleuze and Guattari: the return to the imaginary
Prisoners of discourse
The celebration of intensity
The 'new philosophers'
Cixous, Irigaray, Kristeva: French feminist theories
Helene Cixous
Luce Irigaray
Julia Kristeva
Lyotard and postmodernism
Introduction: meanings and characteristics
Postmodernism
The postmodern condition
Narrative knowledge and scientific knowledge
The mercantilization of knowledge
Bourgeois art and its function in society
The main features of the avant-garde
Modernism and postmodernism
The main features of postmodernism
Totality or fragmentation
On language games and the sublime
Some criticisms of Lyotard's work
Feminism and postmodernism
Baudrillard and some cultural practices
Baudrillard
Some postmodernist cultural practices
Conclusion
Notes
Index
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