Jean Baudrillard

2nd Edition

By Richard J. Lane

Series Editor: Robert Eaglestone

© 2009 – Routledge

168 pages

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pub: 2008-12-08
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About the Book

Jean Baudrillard is one of the most controversial theorists of our time, famous for his claim that the Gulf War never happened and for his provocative writing on terrorism, specifically 9/11. This new and fully updated second edition includes:

  • an introduction to Baudrillard’s key works and theories such as simulation and hyperreality
  • coverage of Baudrillard’s later work on the question of postmodernism
  • a new chapter on Baudrillard and terrorism
  • engagement with architecture and urbanism through the Utopie group
  • a look at the most recent applications of Baudrillard’s ideas.

Richard J. Lane offers a comprehensive introduction to this complex and fascinating theorist, also examining the impact that Baudrillard has had on literary studies, media and cultural studies, sociology, philosophy and postmodernism.

Table of Contents

Why Baudrillard? Key Ideas 1. Beginnings: French Thought in the 1960's. 2. The Technological System of Objects. 3. Narrative of Primitivism: The `Last Real Book.' 4. Reworking Marxism. 5. Simulation and the Hyperreal. 6. America and Postmodernism. 7. Writing Strategies: Postmodern Performance. 8. Baudrillard and Terrorism. After Baudrillard Works Cited

About the Author/Editor

Richard J. Lane is a professor in the English department, at Vancouver Island University, Canada, where he also directs the Literary Theory Research Group and Seminar for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. He is the author or editor of eight books, including Fifty Key Literary Theorists (Routledge).

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General