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The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism

3rd Edition

Edited by Stuart Sim


338 pages

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This fully revised third edition of The Routledge Companion to Postmodernism provides the ideal introduction to postmodernist thought. Featuring contributions from a cast of international scholars, the Companion contains 19 detailed essays on major themes and topics along with an A-Z of key terms and concepts. As well as revised essays on philosophy, politics, literature, and more, the first section now contains brand new essays on critical theory, business, gender and the performing arts. The concepts section, too, has been enhanced with new topics ranging from hypermedia to global warming. Students interested in any aspect of postmodernism will continue to find this an indispensable resource.


'I recommend every household to buy two copies of this exemplary compendium. One for the teenagers who should have absorbed its wisdom before setting off to college; and the second for the parents, who won't ever need to make fools of themselves again by asking what metanarrative is.'A.N. Wilson, New Statesman

'An extremely useful compilation … This is a work crammed with interesting fact and speculation and with a most assiduous cross-referencing of key terms.' Times Educational Supplement

'Concise and clear … the Companion will be useful to many types of reader … [it] provides an interesting and varied overview of the many ways in which postmodernism has established itself as a cultural phenomenon.' Philosophy Now

Table of Contents

Preface to the third edition Stuart Sim Part I: Postmodernism: its history and cultural context 1 Postmodernism and Philosophy Stuart Sim 2 Postmodernism and critical theory Georges Van den Abbeele 3 Postmodernism and politics Iain Hamilton Grant 4 Postmodernism and feminism Sue Thornham 5 Postmodernism and gender and sexuality Chris Haywood and Mairtin Mac An Ghaill 6 Postmodernism and lifestyles Nigel Watson 7 Postmodernism and religion Pamela Sue Anderson 8 Postmodernism and the postcolonial world Eleanor Byrne 9 Postmodernism and science and technology Iain Hamilton Grant 10 Postmodernism and organizations Angélique du Toit 11 Postmodernism and architecture Diane Morgan 12 Postmodernism and art Colin Trodd 13 Postmodernism and cinema Val Hill 14 Postmodernism and television Tony Purvis 15 Postmodernism and fiction Barry Lewis 16 Postmodernism and music Derek B. Scott 17 Postmodernism and performance Susan Melrose 18 Postmodernism and popular culture John Storey 19 Postmodernism, modernity and the tradition of dissent Lloyd Spencer Part II Critical Terms A-Z Bibliography Index

About the Editor

Stuart Sim is retired Professor of Critical Theory at the University of Sunderland, and currently Visiting Professor in English at Northumbria University. He has published widely in the field of critical theory and 18th-century English literature, and is a Fellow of the English Association.

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