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Postmodernism: A Beginner's Guide (Beginner's Guides) Paperback – April 1, 2004
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The author guides the intrepid with readings that cross the plains of secular culture and find a place where theology and philosophy meet. The journey is rewarding. The first third of the book works to develop a definition of Postmodernism that feels natural. This definition and the understanding developed along the way is as broad as the distance from James Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake" to the hyper-reality of today's televised combat coverage.
The second third of the book works to develop an understanding of the Postmodern experience through exposition and the use of "fragments". What begins in literature and art, transforms into popular culture and eventually to a dsicussion of the dominant forces on earth - triumphant democracy and global capitalism. Even those forces have limits though. When the author brings us to the cliff edge of those limits, he rightly points out that the abyss into which we stare may not be so empty after all. But to go forward from here requires a new way of thinking about some old issues - topics that Postmodernism is uniquely able to address.
Those topics fill the final third of the book, and it is the authors finest work.Read more ›