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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.

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Critic Reviews

"Brilliantly wide-ranging." (Sunday Times)

"A perfect match of form and content." (Times Educational Supplement)

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  • Jim
  • Grafton, MA, USA
  • 08-29-07

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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  • Garrry
  • fenton, MI, USA
  • 07-01-07

Good intro.

A little cheesy and a little scatter-brained, but that's the way it goes with Postmodernism. I'm left with wanting to know more and to have a better grasp of what connects it all together.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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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Too little information and too much entertainment!

I really cant say I learned much. it seemed to have been made for kids. also, the fact that they reflected the woman as a dumb person whose husband knows and has to explain everything was really annoying and insulting!

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A very brief introduction

What did you like best about Introducing Postmodernism? What did you like least?

It did cover the topic broadly

Would you recommend Introducing Postmodernism to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not. I think there are better intros to this subject area

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

These questions are stupid. This is a non fiction book!

Any additional comments?

OK but not great

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Gilbert
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • 06-11-08

Half the story

Very entertaining, but only covers the arts and cultural side of postmoderism. I had hoped for more of the philosophy and its effects on society, technology, economics, and politics.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Less Flash more Facts

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, I got this book to listen to during my commute but this honestly was not what I was expecting.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The different characters speaking made this book really hard to listen to. To tell you the truth I never finished listening to it because I became slightly annoyed at the acting taking place when they were discussing art history.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Less flash and more facts!

Did Introducing Postmodernism inspire you to do anything?

not really

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  • Douglas
  • Greenwood, IN, United States
  • 10-29-12

interesting though difficult to understand start

What made the experience of listening to Introducing Postmodernism the most enjoyable?

It is accurate to the confusion your feel when trying to understand postmodernism.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The desire to overcome the phenomenon which is postmodernism.

What about William Roberts’s performance did you like?

sure

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Postmodernism really at the root leaves you feeling less and less human in the end even though there are some very good aspects that have taken place because of the concern for others and there plight.

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wish it was longer plus I used a credit on it

this was the best audio book that I got unfortunately it was very short and I use the credit on it and even so I liked it but it was less expensive than other books so maybe I should have purchased it and use my credit on something that cost a lot.

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  • Duncan
  • 12-01-06

Brilliant!

A truly original audiobook, chaotic, entertaining, funny and sublime.
Recommended to philosophy students and commuter dreamers!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Melina
  • 11-28-10

Disappointing

Very disappointing introduction to Postmodernism. Told from the perspective of a married older couple, which takes a walk through a museum, encountering different postmodernist thinkers. The neurotic screaming and stupidity of the lady make it hard to concentrate on the Audiobook. Most of the time the actors are talking with very exaggerated French, German or Russian accents, which are simply annoying. Very childish introduction to Postmodernism.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful