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:
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.
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
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:
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.