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Understand Postmodernism: Teach Yourself

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  230 ratings  ·  24 reviews

Understand Postmodernism is an indispensable guide to this sometimes challenging domain. Using contemporary examples to further your understanding, it takes a broad look at theorists in a range of disciplines. Whether you're encountering postmodernism for the first time, or you need a quick reference to support your studies, this guide offers a comprehensive introduction t

Kindle Edition, 318 pages
Published October 29th 2010 by Teach Yourself (first published December 31st 1997)
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May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يادتونه يه زمانى چه دنياى قشنگى داشتيم؟ به بشريت و پيشرفت تاريخ باور داشتيم؛ حرف هم رو مى فهميديم؛ يه سرى دانشمند توى آزمايشگاه حقيقت جهان رو كشف مى كردن؛ يه سرى هنرمند جنبه هاى عميق شخصيت نبوغ آميزشون رو توى آثار هنرى بروز مى دادن؛ يه سرى كارگر با هم متحد شده بودن و مى خواستن نظام طبقاتى رو بر بيندازن؛ يه سرى استعمارگر هم كشورهاى جهان سوم رو مى دوشيدن؛ يادتونه؟ همه چيز معنا داشت، نظم داشت، عمق داشت، حقيقت پنهان داشت.

خب، اون دنيا سوخت و ويران شد. حالا فقط يه ويرانه ى در هم بر هم برامون باقى موند
Jack Lindgren
This excellent little overview should be required reading for any student of the humanities. If I'd read this when I was a freshman in college, I would have had a much better understanding of the intellectual trends that underpin everything from literary and film studies to gender theory to American history. I would have understood, for example, why my literature professor didn't care one bit about the director's intended meaning, or why that anthropology TA was so insistent that objectivity is ...more
Susan Klinke
Goodbye abstract expressionists, depth, and sincerity. Hello Warhol and Tarrantino, superficiality, and glib insincerity...

When reading the section on Derrida and deconstruction the image of those nihilists with the giant scissors going after the Dude's johnson in the Big Lebowski would not leave my mind. The reason the nihilists want to cut off the Dude's "potent member" is because they are deconstructionists whose activities can only ever end in impotence.

I remember reading somewhere that dur
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, for-class
Dense and hard to focus on at times, especially as it's a bit of a survey of lots of philosophies. If you haven't studied philosophy (i.e. me) it can be hard to grasp the terms and names. But it's a lot to go over in only 200 pages.

I enjoyed what I learned. It makes watching modern movies A LOT more interesting when put into context of WHY. I feel like I've always been dismissive of the term "postmodernism" but it's actually fascinating, and the art that has come out of it is equally so (think T
Jul 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school-books
i picked this book up after reading reviews for oxford press' Postmodernsim: A Very Short Introduction where the reactions were mostly negative, most reviewers were claiming the writer as attacking postmodernism--instead of simply explaining it, and a reviewer mentioned this book as a more suitable alternative. i was really impressed with the clarity this book offers on some very complex philosophies, and though its author has postmodern biases, he always provided criticism for each theory or ph ...more
Viji  (Bookish endeavors)
That was the worst book I have read in a long time. I have a real dislike for the idea of postmodernism,but that's not the reason for my dislike of this book. The book is written in such a horrible style that reading every page seems to give me a headache. This shouldn't have been titled 'teach yourself',but instead 'how to hate'. How can a book be so dull,I wonder. I rafeel real respect for the authors of VSI series and For beginners series like James.N.Powell after reading this book. I have ne ...more
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great read. Pulls you through the thickest parts of post-modernism and out the other end and gives you plenty to reflect on. Overall a fantastic introduction which puts some texts I had already ready into perspective.
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really got me into the Post Modern frame of questioning. As a result of this book I had to pick up two other books from Postmodern thinkers, so this book did what it should and got me looking more closely at the topic.

Postmodernism is large and sometimes contradictory, it is ill defined overall, but in this book I came to see why that is the case. If you are interested in Philosophy and issues in our culture check it out.
Frank Jude
Postmodern thinking has given us some very useful concepts, helping us to at least become conscious of what Roland Barthes referred to as "that which goes without saying." Concepts such as "appropriation" versus "bricolage" (which is a central -- especially artistic theme of postmodernism), the "deconstruction project" and the idea of "polysemy" has been incredibly useful in criticism as when feminists deconstructed film noir in order to read a narrative of subversion where the surface seems to ...more
Abner Rosenweig
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book is like diving into a tornado. The turbulent perspectives on society and culture introduced here are at times overwhelming, chaotic, violent, and confusing, yet somehow they feel like an accurate description of contemporary life. Wrapping one's head around postmodernism turns out to be nearly impossible, but once you understand that the very idea of postmodernism is that there is no central narrative but a wide array of associations and fragmented perspectives, you can more eas ...more
Peter Aronson
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The idea of a book titled Teach Yourself Postmodernism is inherently risible, as if a mass of contradicting philosophies, views and theories with fuzzy boundaries between them could be learned like the rules of chess or tennis. Fortunately, the author is well aware of this, and explains in the preface it is a selective overview of the intellectual history and substance of the things that are called postmodernism.

As for the book itself, it takes an almost anthropological view of its subject, mos
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not quite sure why this is titled as "Teach Yourself . . . " other than the fact that you must read it yourself. It's a good old-fashioned book without any whistles or bells in terms of specific curricular aids in the "teach yourself" department. As such, I found it only a mildly interesting book seeming written from no particular point of view (as if that were possible). The author seems neither critical nor accepting of a postmodern stance in any of the disciplinary expressions of postmodernis ...more
Jeremy Tan
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i really enjoy the teach yourself series of books, where they sought to lay down, a concise and lucid fashion the underlying ideas surrounding a certain subject.

it is no less different in this particular book on portmodernism, a difficult subject on its own. ontologically speaking, postmodernism is not easy to define as it is not a physical thing neither does it have an singular essence from which ideas and themes are thence expounded. however, the author manages to elegantly lay down its histo
Kapaktan içerik kurgusuna, bilgiyi hap şeklinde sunmayı vaat eden,daha çok Amerikan tarzına özgü bu tür kitaplara karşı genel olarak doğru olduğunu da düşündüğüm bir önyargım vardır. Fakat bu kitabın, başlığında da belirttiği "postmodernizmi anlamak" konusunda, bana yardımcı olduğunu da itiraf etmeliyim. Postmodern bakışı, mimariden sanata, edebiyattan felsefeye, temel yönleriyle akıcı bir biçimde anlatsa, akımın önemli düşünceleri ve fikirleri hakkında fena olmayan cümlelerle doyurucu açıklamal ...more
Mar 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: For those who are interested in postmodernism, this is an absolute must read!!
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This is the perfect starter to understanding what postmodernism means and is. Glenn Ward writes in a clear, concise manner and articulates what are often convoluted and complex theories and thoughts into understandable and uncluttered summaries. This book prompted me into having many conversations and arguments with my philosopher husband, who also rates this book as an excellent primer. For those who are interested in postmodernism, this is an absolute must read!!
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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این کتاب هرآنچه را که مخاطب کتاب میخواهد درمورد پستمدرنیسم بداند در اختیار او خواهد گذاشت. کتابی خواندنی و منبعی ارزشمند که نه تنها تاریخ و بسیاری از اصطلاحات مربوط به پستمدرنیسم را شرح میدهد بلکه منابع ارزشمند دیگری را نیز در این زمینه معرفی میکند که علاقمندان و محققان میتوانند بهرههای زیادی از آنها کسب نمایند.
Ruric Amhari
Fast overview of postmodernism. Postmodernism with relation to literature, architecture and visual arts. Looks at the loss of the real, deconstruction of meaning, post-modern identities: the self, theories of subjectivity and post modern politics. Each chapter sets out mai ideas and thinkers and ends with a summary, also includes guidance for further reading.
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A good book if you want a more detailed summery of everything postmodern-from philosophy to art to cultural views. I had not yet realized, before starting the book, that postmodernism is a genre of philosopher and not a distinct one. It has copious further reading possibilities and breaks everything down into comprehensible component parts.
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
the most coherent, understandable and concise book I've read so far on Postmodernism.
Nov 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still using this as a reference.
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
really good and relatively in depth overview of the topic
Ivan Schulz
Good intro book.
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