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" It is a fascinating text for a number of reasons. First of all, it's fun and innovative. Second, it is deceptive, a scholarly text posing as a funzine; examined closely, the discussion reveals itself to be crammed with information and central points of debate about postmodernism as a critical theory, as a cultural moment, and as epistemology." Amy J. Elias, University of Alabama, Birmingham
“Those of us who have been attempting to teach postmodernism to undergraduates have long felt the need for a truly introductory text: a text that isn’t something else (“theory’ in general), a text that is clearly intended for previously unexposed students rather than overexposed scholars, a text that doesn’t fail to explain postmodernity even while participating in its complexities. Joseph Natlaoi’s A Premier to Postmodernity fills this need admirably.” Calvin Thomas, University of Northern Iowa
“Natoli’s book delivers on its promise of being a ‘primer’ for students. This book is well written, its prose is accessible and engaging, generally free of arcane jargon. Students will warm up to the dialogue format and the references to popular culture and media forms.” Lawrence Hatab, Old Dominion University
“ Natoli’s A Primers to Postmodernity is accessible without being patronizing and positioned without pretending to neutrality. He obviously had fun writing some of these paradigmatic conversation sections and his enjoyment is contagious.” Victoria F. Harris, Illinois State University
Natoli creates a postmodern environment in his text by incorporating starship Captain Becark and Commander Deja as our guides and interlocutors of the postmodern debate. they interrupt the text by asking questions where the reader might get stuck. They shift focus, counter arguments, deflate rhetoric, and add to the multi-voiced exposition of the Primer, dismantling anyone's hope of ever again providing the uninterrupted, monologic catechisms of modernity. This text performs postmodernity.
Before going to the primary readings of postmodern theorists, students and general readers should begin with A Primer to Postmodernity is inherently so hard to define.