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Jean-François Lyotard

1st Edition

By Simon Malpas


176 pages

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Jean-François Lyotard is one of the most celebrated proponents of what has become known as the 'postmodern'. More than almost any other contemporary theorist, he has explored the relations between knowledge, art, politics and history, in ways that offer radical new possibilities for thinking about modern culture.

Simon Malpas introduces students to issues at the heart of Lyotard's work, including

*modernity and the postmodern

*the sublime


*history and representation

*art and the unpresentable

*knowledge, the university and the future.

Lyotard's work is impossible to dismiss or ignore for anybody who is serious about contemporary literature and culture, and this guide provides the ideal companion to the wide variety of his critical texts.

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Preface Acknowledgements Why Lyotard? Key Ideas: The Postmodern Condition Art, The Sublime and the Postmodern Phrases and the Differend: Lyotard's Politics History, Politics and Representation Art, the Inhuman and the Event The Task of the Critic: Rewriting Modernity After Lyotard Further Reading Works Cited Index

About the Author/Editor

Simon Malpas is a lecturer in English at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the editor of Postmodern Debates and co-editor of The New Aestheticism.

About the Series

Routledge Critical Thinkers

Routledge Critical Thinkers is designed for students who need an accessible introduction to the key figures in contemporary critical thought. The books provide crucial orientation for further study and equip readers to engage with theorists' original texts.

The volumes in the Routledge Critical Thinkers series place each key theorist in his or her historical and intellectual context and explain:

  • why he or she is important
  • what motivated his or her work
  • what his or her key ideas are
  • who and what influenced the thinker
  • who and what the thinker has influenced
  • what to read next and why.

Featuring extensively annotated guides to further reading, Routledge Critical Thinkers is the first point of reference for any student wishing to investigate the work of a specific theorist.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory