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Postmodernism and Popular Culture: A Cultural History
by John Docker
In this provocative and timely book, John Docker takes his readers on an intellectual adventure. It is a journey that includes an introductory guided tour of the history of modernism, consideration of the development of postmodernism, explanation of the difference between structuralism and poststructuralism and discussion of the debates and conflicts around each. The book ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published March 1st 1995 by Cambridge University Press
(first published December 12th 1994)
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Postmodernism and Popular Culture by Australian academic John Docker seems to have been intended mainly as an exercise in what used to be known in Australia as “stirring the possum”. He’s being deliberately provocative and controversial in an attempt to stimulate some debate. He argues that modernist criticism and cultural theories have mistakenly seen popular culture as monolithic and presenting a single ideological message when in fact popular culture is in fact extremely diverse and can be bo ...more
Dense with theory, but written in such a great, frequently blunt, style this book is extremely engaging and easy to read. Docker effectively launches a broadside on cultural elitism through an unremittingly savage, but nuanced, deconstruction of various theories of modernity and postmodernity. His intellectual love affair with Bakhtin goes a little overboard towards the end, and his discussion of the concepts of carnival are overlong, but aside from that, this is the most intriguing book I have ...more