Feb 21, 2020
Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction
Posted by Christopher Butler

Postmodernism has become the buzzword of contemporary society over the last decade But how can it be defined In this highly readable introduction the mysteries of this most elusive of concepts are unraveled, casting a critical light upon the way we live now, from the politicizing of museum culture to the cult of the politically correct The key postmodernist ideas are exPostmodernism has become the buzzword of contemporary society over the last decade But how can it be defined In this highly readable introduction the mysteries of this most elusive of concepts are unraveled, casting a critical light upon the way we live now, from the politicizing of museum culture to the cult of the politically correct The key postmodernist ideas are explored and challenged, as they figure in the theory, philosophy, politics, ethics and artwork of the period, and it is shown how they have interacted within a postmodernist culture.About the Series Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life s most interesting topics Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

  • Title: Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: Christopher Butler
  • ISBN: 9780192802392
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Paperback
  • Postmodernism A Very Short Introduction Postmodernism has become the buzzword of contemporary society over the last decade But how can it be defined In this highly readable introduction the mysteries of this most elusive of concepts are unr


    مثل باقى "درآمدى بسيار كوتاه" ها كتاب خيلى خوبيه. و قطعاً بايد يه بار ديگه ترجمه ش رو بخونم. خيلى جاهاش رو اون طور كه بايد و شايد نفهميدم. زيادى روى زبانم حساب كرده بودم.نكته ى مهم اينه كه كتاب نوشته ى يه منتقد پست مدرنه، و اين فرصت خيلى خوبى بود كه همزمان هم با كليت پست مدرنيسم آش [...]

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #74), Christopher Butlerتاریخ نخستین خوانش: شانزدهم ماه مارس سال 2011 میلادیعنوان: درآمدی بسیار کوتاه پسامدرنیسم؛ نویسنده: کریستوفر باتلر؛ مترجم: محمد عظیمی؛ تهران، علم، 1389، در 179 ص؛ شابک: 9789642241811؛ مصور، کتابنامه از ص 177 تا 179؛ موضوع: فراتجدد قرن 21 ما. شر [...]

    Arghya Dutta

    First, let me warn the reader that the author of this book is not a postmodernist. So, though the book presents a really good account of postmodernism, sometimes it is very critical to postmodern ideas. In this review I will be saying about my thoughts on the topics discussed in the book, specifically on the topic of postmodernist critique of sciences. Now, to me, the most important contribution of postmodernism is to instil a kind of cautiousness while reading any social and historical texts. A [...]

    Joshua Nomen-Mutatio

    I read this in the Austin central library one afternoon and neglected a stack of books I'd greedily grabbed up while roaming around the third floor (where the philosophy and science stuff is). The author doesn't feign "neutrality" and gives postmodernism a righteous kick in the pants where it is called for. Though this is not a stuffy, simple-minded dismissive screed (the kind you might find ultra-aesthetically conservative types make) either--it showcases both strengths and weaknesses rather we [...]


    This book is much better than his book on Modernism: A very short It is focused, and well digested (not scattered, like the other one). And I *am* sympathetic, of course, to his rather undisguised hostile attitude towards Postmodernism. But the book *is* a bit superficial -- which is justifiable, perhaps, given the tendency of books on this topic to obfuscate by speaking about themselves from *within* the jargon; but it is also a bit boring. I don't know if it is the author who is boring or the [...]

    Christopher Roberts

    Okay, this book is a travesty. First off, a philosopher or at the very least an art historian should have written this book, not a literature scholar. Not that it would have necessarily been better, because the big secret about postmodernism is almost nobody calls themselves a postmodernist, and at the most says things like, "I'm using a postmodernist technique of deconstruction." Critics of postmodernism usually attack a straw man of what they think a postmodernist is, complete with a series of [...]

    Zulhilmi Zakaria

    Saya tidak mahu menghabiskan buku ini. Satunya kerana saya sendiri masih belum biasa dengan idea-idea Derrida atau Foucalt. Saya masih belum memahami Logocentric, Deconstruction, Aphoria milik Derrida. Bagaimana pula saya mahu membaca tulisan yang meradd idea-idea ini. Takut-takut tidak adil dalam menanggapi mereka. CehhTambahan, penulis juga bukan berlatarbelakang falsafah. Christopher Butler seorang pensharah Bahasa Inggeris. Saya fikir itu tidak menjadi masalah. "Because everyone is philosoph [...]


    I liked that this book criticizes pomo so relentlessly but the arguments in a trump era seem less relevant than ever (unfortunately for everyone)


    You go into an art museum and find a canoe supported by four golf clubs. On top of the canoe is a rubber chicken. The title of the work is "Your Table Is Ready"Welcome to Postmodernism, but realize that you are very late. In fact, this movement within the arts world is fading, having reached its peak in the 1980's and 90's.The word still pops up frequently, though, so why not find out what it is all about?Christopher Butler does us a valuable service in writing this short book that covers the to [...]

    Ahmed Elsawy

    هو كاتب الكتاب هنا مكنش بيدي مقدمة لما بعد الحداثة هو هنا عامل نقد لما بعد الحداثة ومش ده اللي كنت منتظره لكتاب بيقول إنه مقدمة لشيء ما، بس بيدي فكرة كويسة عن الموضوع

    Brian Soetaert

    Some explanations and a few of my thoughts can be found here:youtu/lQ8Me1HtwOE

    محمود أغيورلي

    مقتطفات من كتاب ما بعد الحداثة للكاتب كريستوفر باتلر--------------الفنون المرئية ليست سوى ما يعرضه لنا أمناء المتاحف، سواء أكانت أعمالًا لبيكاسو أم أبقارًا مقطعة شرائح، بينما تقع على عاتقنا مسئولية مواكَبة الأفكار المحيطة بتلك الأعمال---------------يمكنني القول أن الفنانين، والزعماء [...]


    I enjoyed this book—kept me reading and excited—simply because I like the topic! Anyway, I don’t think anyone immersed in popular literature (low culture) and with no critical inclinations would appreciate it. It’s for those interested in criticism, literary theory and analysis; or simply those who want to understand postmodern art (literature for me), and even contemporary art, in a better way. Especially with those parody movies and ‘broken’ novels and poems, refracted in all kinds [...]


    I like to think I am a fan of post-modern literature, but ask me to explain it, I will have a hard time. Post-modernism is often referred to when talking about art, films, architecture, music and literature but what does it actually mean? I picked up Postmodernism: A Very Short Introduction in the hopes of understand it a little more but I still do not think I can explain it. For me, I view post-modernism, as a reaction to modernism which seemed to reject past thinking in favour of innovations l [...]


    This book successfully provides a quick-whizz revision of postmodernism, consolidating key moments and texts, both creative and theoretical, in an accessible language. However, the tone is blustery and exasperated. It comes across with the same anxious fear as arguments about the impossibility of atheists holding any kind of moral viewpoint. In an attempt to provide a "neutral" account of postmodernism the author is antagonistic towards postmodern politics. He does point to some key difficulties [...]


    Starts out as a critique, and inserts the "introduction" part towards the middle, then goes back to talking about how useless and silly it all is. While attempting to be informative, the author also ends up sounding whiny, not to mention that he spends a lot of time on Foucault (more than half of it enumerating his and Derrida's flaws) without discussing the differences between postmodernism and poststructuralism. Take this for an example of the author lashing out: "Postmodernists are by and lar [...]


    This book does a nice job introducing the historical development of Postmodernism. The author gets lost when he tries to apply this history to contemporary politics, an analysis of current trends in social democracy or liberal capitalism. The second half of the book reads more like a hard core right wing nut job bashing liberalism and social/progressive ideals, than an academic scholar taking a well balanced and considerate look at current challenges.


    As the title says, it is indeed short. It is, however, not an introduction and contains much more criticism of postmodernism than explanation. This is a dense and intimidating book that is mostly just 120 pages of names and jargon which mean nothing to someone who isn't already familiar with postmodernism to begin with.

    Elizabeth Schlatter

    Should have been called A Very Short Introduction to Hating Postmodernism. Totally biased, bloated with jargon, and way too self-congratulatory about the author's own opinions. But, true to the title, it is short.

    the gift

    another review lost in the maw of GR: most I can remember is that it is a rather short, introductory, not very sympathetic take on postmodernism by a convinced modernist


    a nice useful introduction to postmodernism


    My recent reading of  Bram Presser’s The Book of Dirt was a reminder of how much literature has changed in the years since I first began reading adult literature.  I can’t think of anything that I read from my parents’ bookshelves that was a blend of fiction and non-fiction, nor can I ever remember then discussing the idea of truth in books being a relative concept.  Books were unambiguously fiction or NF, and librarians did not have to struggle with which section of the shelves to put [...]

    João Ritto

    Writing about postmodernism is a challenge, a challenge because the basic message of postmodernism is precisely that no language is neutral. Every text has in it contradictions, hierarchies, etc. that should be deconstructed and exposed.The reason why I decided to venture through this book, however, is that I am not a postmodernist. Or perhaps I am, since I do not see myself inserted in any one group and prefer to see each of them as having their excesses and their unjustified moderation.I have [...]

    Ed Hatfield

    This is an excellent guide to and synopsis of the key characteristics of postmodernism in many fields - philosophy, art, literature, history, music - and the influence postmodern thought has had on politics, theory and how we make sense of the world.Very clear language and a well measured and balanced critique and review of the change from modernism to postmodernism and what that meant in all the fields above - my only strong criticism of the book is that there is an awful lot of name dropping! [...]

    Gnuehc Ecnerwal

    The idea of postmodernism was very amorphous to me, before I read this book. I have encountered it via films, literature, philosophy and art; but since all these encounters were in different medium, I had a hard time connecting the dots to get a firm grip of what postmodernism is. This book served as a very helpful tool to unite the many manifestations of postmodernism. It was unfortunate that the author did not take a neutral stand in his task, nonetheless, the information was comprehensive and [...]

    Lasse Birk Olesen

    Summary: A description of postmodernist ideas and influence in philosophy, politics, social identity, literature, art, and even physics. According to author, the postmodernist position is mostly capable of critiquing and ironising modernist and classical works and ideas but does little to propose actionable alternatives. Postmodernism is anti-enlightenment as it sees "Reason itself, particularly in its alliance with science and technology, as incipiently totalitarian."

    Daniel Davis

    Too grandiloquent (Ha, irony) and reference heavy for an introduction. Felt like the author was trying to misdirect concepts the entire time. Gives you a lot of information, though, so it's ok?


    Informative and well-written, but the author is unabashedly and unfairly hostile to postmodernists. While some of his critiques are valid, the book contains too much bias for an introductory text.


    Works better if titled Postmodernism: A Very Long Rant. Kidding, kidding. But still, it's more of a criticism than an intro. I liked it, but and read it in two metro rides.

    Nathan Lamp

    While Christopher Butler's overview of postmodernism is in many ways a polemic outlining the failures of postmodernism as a system of thought and analysis, it is also a thoughtful, wide-ranging introduction to the concepts, thinkers, and theories that have defined the turn towards the postmodern. Butler's major critique of postmodernism seems to be how vacuous of an ideology it can be when it comes to articulating a way forward regarding social, political, and ethical issues. Butler complains th [...]

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