Introducing Postmodernism Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook
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About the Author
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." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Uniquely British, this guide takes listeners on a quirky ride from the origins of postmodernism to its present state of influence. Two young British socialites are alternately excited and scandalized by the production's sound-effects-and-music-laden tour of postmodern art, which includes discussion of the artists' motivations and eccentricities, as well as their ground-breaking work. Narrator and cast careen through the philosophy and practice of postmodernism, negotiating humorous twists and audio jokes with flair and clarity. While the young Brits sometimes claim that they'd prefer a nice cup of cocoa to looking at Marcel Duchamp's startling creations, this audiobook manages to entertain and instruct in a distinctly theatric postmodern style. D.J.B. © AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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With the possible exception of an orchestral symphony translated into smoke signals, it's impossible to imagine a more egregious mismatch between content and medium of expression than this. After about five pages, you realise that the splash of illustrations not only are not an aide to comprehension, they are embarrassingly redundant.
Postmodernism is an enormous field of thought, so much so that almost any author who has written an essay on it that claims to be an introduction begins with the apologetic preface that the subject virtually defies synopsis. Not these guys! Apparently the whole issue can be explained to even a novice with a series of pictures: words are almost an afterthought. How's that for scholarship?
This series of books is quite simply the worst class of 'infotainment' you could encounter. The assumption that nobody will tackle these topics unless that are sweetened-up as 'fun' (i.e, comic strips) is an insult to anyone trying to grasp a complex topic. The whole format is built upon the tacit assumptions that learning can only be achieved through the medium of entertainment; that the potential buyer has a miniscule attention span; and that the most widely-scoped, recondite topics can all be boiled down to a comic strip. Please don't think this is academic elitism: if you think you'll come away from this book with a rounded view of the topic, do buy it. But I think you'll find that like so many other publications in the series, this book mentions everything and explains nothing.
This book is full of dubious claims, unwarranted conclusions, and simple falsehoods. The authors quite obviously do not understand the anthropic principle, for example (page 110), and yet somehow feel qualified to explain this philosophical/scientific principle which has absolutely nothing to do with the authors' conception of "postmodernism". They describe abstract art as an attempt to express the inexpressible, and fail to explain how the abstract rather than the realistic is better suited to this impossible task. The explanations and descriptions they offer collapse after a nanosecond of scrutiny.
I shall enjoy the symbolic defacing of this book which shall now commence.
Introducing Postmodernism was a bit vague, but i guess so is postmodernism itself. To completely understand the book, you first must have an idea what postmodernism is, and if you have such an idea, you don't really need a postmodern study guide.
It gives alot of examples of postmodernity in society without actually stating what postmoderninsm is, but who CAN acctually state what postmodernism is?
It discusses everyone from Stephen Hawking to Madonna, everything from "Cyberia" and genetic cloning to Disneyland and karaoke.
It might give you some ideas if you have to write a paper, than again it just might frustrate you and cause you to spin off into cyberspace.
The artwork and text make this such a joy to read that I didn't want to put the book down until I had finished it. And like the very nature of postmodernism, it left me with enough thought-provoking ideas to want to question how I look at art or the world. It didn't try to pass itself off as the only authority on the matter, yet it did provide a great overview with research into the past that went beyond the standard notions of textbook history.
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"Introducing Postmodernism", by Richard Appignanesi, is just as its name suggests, a good basic introduction to Postmodernism. Read morePublished on May 6 2007 by B. Alcat
The book is the best short treatment of recent intellectual currents in western thought that I have read. It is especially applicable to the U.S. Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by T.R. Catanzarite
I really enjoyed the unique approach that this book took towards explaining post modernism in a straight forward non-academic manner. Read morePublished on April 30 2000 by Gail Willis
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