Postmodernism for Beginners

By Jim Powell; Joe Lee (Illustrator)
(For Beginners, Paperback, 9781934389096, 163pp.)

Publication Date: August 21, 2007

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If you are like most people, you're not sure what Postmodernism is. And if this were like most books on the subject, it probably wouldn't tell you.

Besides what a few grumpy critics claim, Postmodernism is not a bunch of meaningless intellectual mind games. On the contrary, it is a reaction to the most profound spiritual and philosophical crisis of our time - the failure of the Enlightenment.

Jim Powell takes the position that Postmodernism is a series of "maps" that help people find their way through a changing world. "Postmodernism For Beginners" features the thoughts of Foucault on power and knowledge, Jameson on mapping the postmodern, Baudrillard on the media, Harvey on time-space compression, Derrida on deconstruction and Deleuze and Guattari on rhizomes. The book also discusses postmodern artifacts such as Madonna, cyberpunk, Buddhist ecology, and teledildonics.

About the Author
Jim Powell, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, is the author "The Triumph of Liberty", "FDR's Folly, ""Wilson""'s War" and "Bully Boy". His articles have appeared in the "New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Town & Country, Esquire "and" Americana", among other publications. He has lectured in Argentina, Brazil, Great Britain, Germany and Japan. He lives in Westport, Connecticut.

Joe Lee is an illustrator, cartoonist, writer, and clown. With a degree from Indiana University centering on Medieval History, Joe is also a graduate of Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey's Clown College and the author and illustrator of "Greek Mythology For Beginners" and "Dante For Beginners". Visit him at
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