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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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Introducing
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books (July 11, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1874166218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1874166214
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,724,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nota Rikon on August 1, 2001
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I love the Introducing series. They are excellent study guides for topics that may be unfamiliar. They are generally not to detailed but provide a good jumping off point for further research.
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.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 19, 2003
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Many readers are put off by the very idea of serious works being reduced to a comic book format. I'm not. My experience with the Classic Comic Books of old was a good one and helped stimulate me into a more conventional direction later on. It should be admitted, however, that some serious topics are more suited to that format than others. In this case, the authors' section on postmodern art is well suited as it traces the evolution of visual styles over the preceding decades. There is much to learn here. But this asset, I'm afraid, is simply outweighed by the other two sections. These deal with topics that likely defy the most skillful of conversion attempts. Put briefly, rendering the postmodern theory of these two sections into skimpy simplifying text along with none-to-helpful graphics is almost like rendering quantum theory into a serious discussion between Ren & Stimpy. The material is simply too refractory. The authors' effort represents an honorable failure; and a task made no easier by the fact that the rhetoric of many of PoMo's leading exponents has itself been exposed as empty and inflated. (Sokal & Bricmont's, *Fashionable Nonsense*) Still, whatever its ultimate worth, I think PoMo is worth pursuing since it does capture the Zeitgeist of two key contemporary trends: consumerism and globalization. More text, however, is required by any effective introduction. So, at your own risk.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gail Willis on April 30, 2000
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I really enjoyed the unique approach that this book took towards explaining post modernism in a straight forward non-academic manner. The book reads like Mad Magazine does Post Modernism. It is illustrated throughout and you know what...It's zany, fun, and delightful.. You would have to be a real sourpuss or maybe on of those three or four people who don't like Mad magazine, the Marx Brothers, or the Three Stooges not to enjoy it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Regan VINE VOICE on March 15, 2007
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Introducing Postmodernism is a basic introduction to Postmodern thought. As it is a basic introduction, it does not go very far into depth on any one aspect of Postmodern thought. Still, it clearly represents the main aspects of Postmodernism namely, legitimization, reproducibility and hyper reality. Before reading this book I had no idea what Postmodernism was, now at least I have some idea. The book includes a useful list of books for further reading at the end. Also, you can read about some of the main thinkers in other totem books for example Introducing Derrida.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 11, 1999
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The most wonderful aspect of this book is that it works on two levels. The comic-styled illustrations make even the hardest of concepts a joy to follow. And yet, it provides enough hard-hitting facts about the development of modernism into postmodernism that even those with college degrees will enjoy it. This is a great start for those trying to understand the concepts of postmodernism and its effect on the world around us.
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher W. Biron on January 9, 2007
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This book I find more of a reference than an introduction. I was looking for a gooding starting point for postmodernism, and was led to this book. Half the book is the complex world of modernism, followed by linguistic theory, and finally ending with interesting theories of current events.

I must say if postmodernism is of interest for you get this book. But this book will probably only leave you with more questions. I find it more of a picture reference book.

Taking the authors advice---I bought both 'The postmodern condition' and 'simulacra and simulation'. Having just read the condition, I felt that provided a indepth read into the subject. Introducing Postmodernism then provided an easy reference to clarify some arguments.

Suggestion for those new to the subject:

1. Buy this book and a good book on the introduction of modernism. If you do not have a solid understanding of modernism...goodluck.

2. Buy 'The Postmodern Condition'--it is a difficult read -- yet many key concepts appear.

Introducing Postmodernism is a GOOD book, not great, but it does intice one to learn more with the new questions that should arise, and deal with some issues that are not very postmodern yet are considered PM. PERHAPS THAT IS WHAT A GOOD INTRODUCTION OF POSTMODERNISM SHOULD CONSIDER ITS CHIEF GOAL.
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