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The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism (Routledge Companions) 2nd Edition

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'Concise and clear ... the Companion will be useful to many types of reader ... [it] provides an interesting and varied overview of the many ways in which postmodernism has established itself as a cultural phenomenon.' - Philosophy Now

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Stuart Sim is Professor of English Studies at the University of Sunderland. He has published widely on postmodern thought and continental philosophy. Recent publications include Post-Marxism: An Intellectual History (Routledge, 2000) and Contemporary Continental Philosophy: The New Scepticism (Ashgate, 2000).
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Product Details

  • Series: Routledge Companions
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2nd edition (December 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415243084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415243087
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,381,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
When I first ordered Stuart Sim's `Routledge Companion to Postmodernism', I was expecting a narrative discourse on postmodernism, most from a philosophical standpoint. What I received was quite different, but quite wonderful, and an indispensable resource as I study theology and philosophy as they relate to postmodern ideas.
The text, edited by Sim, who is a professor of English Studies at the University of Sunderland, has dozens of contributors drawn from the academy and professional ranks. They provide an insight in the broad and varied diversity of postmodernism, which is far from being a monolithic enterprise. There are two main sections to the book - first, a series of 14 essays on sources and developments in modernism, and the second, a critical dictionary of names and terms.
The first section of essays includes essays such as Postmodernism and Philosophy, Postmodernism and Politics, etc. The topics deal with feminism, science and technology, art and architecture, many aspects of popular and current culture (cinema, television, literature, music, lifestyles), as well as the general idea of postmodernity vis-à-vis modernity and traditions of criticism and dissension. Each of the essays is interesting and engaging, brief enough to be read in one sitting, yet thorough enough to be the sort the interested reader will return to again. Postmodernism can be defined in various ways, but Sim gives the definition out of Lyotard as the rejection of `grand narratives' and universal theories -- the sort that science, metaphysics, mathematics, and other such disciplines have tried since the Enlightenment (or even further back) to support and impose. There is a strong antifoundational sense to postmodernism, that often makes it controversial.
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By A Customer on April 29, 2000
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This book is of great value to readers struggling to familiarize themselves with the postmodern. The first half of the book provides interesting explorations of how the postmodern is at work in culture. The latter half is of particular value to anyone unfamiliar with the multitude of artists and theorists whose work and thought is significant to the postmodern. The collection of entries in the dictionary serve anyone reading primary postmodern texts well by opening up otherwise opaque allusions.
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Having purchased the massive Routledge Companion to Aesthetics, I was expecting another book of that stature. To my pleasant surprise, this book is a wonderfully smaller introduction to the concept of Postmodernism. The structure of this book, with its history and cultural context forming the first part followed by the relevant people/terms/meanings in the second part is brilliant. I no longer have to sit in class with that glazed look that every student seems to get when trying to absorb 'stuff' that seems to whizz over everyone's head. This book has become my new best friend when I am uni. (the companion to Aesthetics is too heavy to carry-that stays by my bedside!)
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The Companion is a comprehensive collection of essays on this complex topic. The first part addresses different aspects of Postmodernist thought,creating a complete picture. I found especially useful the last part, a glossary of terms and key figures of the postmodern movement. A fully enjoyable amd instructive read!
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I read some chapters in order to refresh my knowledge on that topic. it serves the purpose.
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