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A Dictionary of Postmodernism

Author: Niall Lucy, John Hartley, Robert Briggs, Claire Colebrook, Tony Thwaites, Darren Tofts and McKenzie Wark
eISBN: 9781405150774
Print publication date: 2016

Subject Literature » Literary Theory

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405150774.2016.x

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A Dictionary of Postmodernism

For many, postmodernism is notoriously resistant to definition, but this does not mean its key terms, concepts, figures and issues cannot be explained. A Dictionary of Postmodernism is an authoritative guide to the critical terms and central figures at the heart of postmodernist theory and culture. Offering a series of brief essays rather than strict ‘definitions’, chapters illuminate the names and ideas that have come to define the postmodern condition – from canonical figures including Baudrillard, Jameson, and Lyotard, to the concepts of deconstruction, metanarrative, and simulation – alongside less canonical topics ranging from dialogue to punk.

At once a scholarly guide and enduring reference for the field, chapters provide a kaleidoscope of postmodernism perspectives – addressing its lovers (Barthes, Eco, and Hassan) and haters (Habermas, the Sokal affair); its movers (Deleuze and Guattari) and shakers (Derrida); its origins (modernism, semiotics) and outlook for the future (dialogue, globalization). Engaging and thought-provoking, A Dictionary of Postmodernism deftly reveals how there is more to postmodern theory than ‘definitions’ – and so much more to postmodern culture than ‘depthlessness’.

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Lucy, Niall, John Hartley, Robert Briggs, Claire Colebrook, Tony Thwaites, Darren Tofts and McKenzie Wark. A Dictionary of Postmodernism. Blackwell Publishing, 2016. Blackwell Reference Online. 21 June 2018 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9781405150774_9781405150774>

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