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Return to Book Page. Madan Sarup has now revised poststricturalism accessible and popular introduction to post-structuralist and postmodern theory. A new introductory section discusses the meaning of such concepts as modernity, postmodernity, modernization, modernism, and postmodernism.

A section on feminist criticism of Lacan and Foucault has been added, together with a new chapter on French feminist theor Madan Sarup has now revised his accessible and popular introduction to post-structuralist and postmodern theory. The chapter on postmodernism has been significantly expanded to include a discussion of Lyotard’s language poststructuralizm and his use of the category postmodenism.

A further chapter has been added on the work of Jean Baudrillard, a cult figure on the current postmodernist scene, whose ideas have attained a wide currency. The chapter includes a new section on postmodern cultural practices as revealed in architecture, TV, video, and film. Suggestions for further reading are now listed at the end of each chapter and are upgraded and annotated.

In tracing the impact of post-structuralist thought not only on literary criticism but on such disciplines as philosophy, politics, psychoanalysis, the social sciences, and art, this book will be essential reading for those who want a clear and incisive introduction to the theories that continue to have widespread influence. Paperback2ndpages. Published by University of Georgia Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. View all 14 comments. Aug 30, Mark Bowles rated it really liked it. Similarities between structuralism and post-structuralism 1. Critique of the human subject.

Society becomes more postmodegnism than the individual. Historicism is the attempt to find a pattern to history. Levi-Strauss a structuralist attacks the progressive notion that present cultures are more advanced then ancient ones.

Foucault a post-structuralist writes about the discontinuities of history without progress. Language is moved to the center of philosophy. Priority of culture over nature. An effort to find the structures of human activity.

One such structure is a sign signifier and signified. An effort to find the function of those structures. An effort to find general laws of society. An effort to establish binary oppositions. A shift from signified to signifier.

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The elimination of the human consciousness. Objectivity and truth can never be obtained. Modern and Postmodern definitions see also Harvey 1.

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Urbanization, nation-states, scientific and technological innovation 2. How we experience the cluster of social, introducotry, and political systems which came into being around the 18th century. Cultural and aesthetic movements which originated around the turn of the 20th century.

Ford in technology, Schoenberg in music, Eliot in poetry, Picasso in painting. This is the emphasis of diverse forms of human and social identity.

The aesthetic movement within postmodernity. This includes the deletions of boundaries between life and art, no distinction between elite and popular culture, and the attempt to textualize everything from history to movies.

Not a terrible intro to post-structuralism, but a pretty bad glaze job on post-modernism. He probably spends a little too much time dealing with the philosophers’ relations with Marx and Nietzsche, but some of that can’t be helped.

There is also a great lack of direct quotes. That said, as far as summing up the ideas of Derrida, Foucault, Lyotard, etc. But you cannot talk about post-modernism without talking about visual art, architecture, fiction, poetry, music, etc Not a terrible intro to post-structuralism, but a pretty bad glaze job on post-modernism.

But you cannot talk about post-modernism without talking about visual art, architecture, fiction, poetry, music, etc. He briefly mentions Cage and a few others, but he doesn’t come close to really getting into the subject of what makes an artist or writer a modernist or a post-modernist. I just read this entire book without realising, until just now when I logged onto goodreads, that I had already read it back in !

Back then I gave it three stars and said that it assumed a degree of knowledge on the part of the reader. Second time around, and perhaps with the benefit of having read some more on the subject in the meantime, I found it much easier going and a broadly good overview.

Also, Sarup’s openly Marxist critique acted as a good spark to get me thinking about how I felt I just read this entire book without realising, until just now when I logged onto goodreads, that I had already read it back in ! Also, Sarup’s openly Marxist critique acted as a good spark to get me thinking about how I felt about the various positions he was setting out and which side of the arguments I am on. Here’s the review, for the record: This provides a reasonably clear overview of an interesting subject.

Two things to note, though: If you don’t already know your Saussure from your Sartre, beware. Secondly, Sarup is very obviously a Marxist, and consistently critical of post-structuralism from a Marxist perspective throughout. This can be interesting, but don’t expect a ‘neutral’ whatever that means assessment.

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Apr 09, Lightsey added it. I can’t recommend this as pre-nap reading. Not such great dreams after a little Lacan. Jan 05, Stan rated it really liked it. The cliffs notes to a lot of the theory your smart art friends will talk about. Sep 03, Ally rated it really liked it. I didn’t really know anything about post-structuralism and post-modernism before reading this book. Frequently compares theories to Marxism and Modernism -would be helpful to have an understanding of those concepts before reading this book.

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May 03, Tara Brooke rated it really liked it. Sarup writes about big concepts in an accessible yet poetic manner. I appreciated the text’s organization and ability to entertain concepts and their criticisms, though I would have appreciated a longer, more structured conclusion.

Apr 18, Steven rated it liked it Shelves: This 2nd edition adds a new chapter on French feminist thinkers Kristeva, Cixous, and Irigaray.

An Introductory Guide to Post-Structuralism and Postmodernism

And the chapter on postmodernism has been expanded. Sarup is a good summarizer, but refrains from much argumentation of his own, with perhaps the major exception being his discussion of metaphor The index is passable. His annotated bibliographies at the end of each chapter are excellent, especially because they refer to different works than those he This 2nd edition adds a new chapter on French feminist thinkers Kristeva, Cixous, and Irigaray.

His annotated bibliographies at the end of each chapter are excellent, especially because they refer to different works than those he cites in his end notes. There is no comprehensive bibliography, however, so you have go to each chapter and to the end notes to find sources. Mar 22, Wythe Marschall rated it liked it.

Sarup’s prose is clunky and repetitive, huide his organization of complex ideas is dope. He should spend more time on differance, in future editions. Deconstruction and the break with phono-logocentrism set up the rest of post-structuralism better than Lacan’s reworking of Freud.

Nov 18, Richard Cubitt rated it it was amazing. Not gguide easy read. Yet helpful in understanding the complexity behind these terms.

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Sep 06, DoctorM rated it liked it Shelves: A very good, quick, clear introduction to post-structuralist and postmodern theory. If you’re beginning critical theory at all, Sarup is a handy reference and not at all a bad place to start.

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