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Jean Baudrillard: The Disappearance of Culture

Uncollected Interviews

Edited by Richard G. Smith, David B. Clarke

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Profound and original insights into the fate of culture in 25 collected interviews with Jean Baudrillard

Originally published between 1968 and 2009, the collection includes six interviews translated into English for the first time and a new transcription of a Q&A session with Baudrillard following a lecture he gave in London in 1994.

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Introduction: Baudrillard Unplugged

Interview 1: Is Transgression a Mode of Political Action?
Interview 2: Dropping Out of History
Interview 3: Catastrophic, but Not Serious
Interview 4: The Apathy of the Masses
Interview 5: The Transparency of Kitsch
Interview 6: Baudrillard Shrugs: Terrorism and the Media
Interview 7: Strange World
Interview 8: The Ex-termination of the Real
Interview 9: La Commedia dell’Arte
Interview 10: From Popular Culture to Mass Culture
Interview 11: The Ecstasy of Photography
Interview 12: Baudrillard’s List
Interview 13: Viral and Metaleptic
Interview 14: The Homeopathic Disappearance of Architecture
Interview 15: For Illusion
Interview 16: Impossible and Unexchangeable
Interview 17: The Art of Disappearance
Interview 18: Solutions for a Post-technological Society
Interview 19: Apropos of Utopie
Interview 20: The Murder of Reality
Interview 21: Alterity as Fate
Interview 22: Artificiality and Seduction
Interview 23: The Roots of Evil
Interview 24: The Mirror of Photojournalism
Interview 25: Hoping to Resolve the Irresolvable

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Name Index
Subject Index

About the Author

Richard G. Smith is Associate Professor in Human Geography at Swansea University. He is co-editor of Jean Baudrillard: Fatal Theories (Routledge, 2009); The Baudrillard Dictionary (EUP, 2010); Jean Baudrillard: From Hyperreality to Disappearance, Uncollected Interviews (EUP, 2015); and, Jean Baudrillard: The Disappearance of Culture, Uncollected Interviews (EUP, 2017).

David B. Clarke is Professor of Human Geography at Swansea University. He is co-editor of Jean Baudrillard: Fatal Theories (Routledge, 2009) and The Consumption Reader (Routledge, 2003). He is the author of The Consumer Society and the Postmodern City (Routledge, 2003).


Dating from 1968 to 2006, from his first to his final interview, this selection covers all the phases of Baudrillard's long career. Clear, coherent and often humorous - the lightning fast responses of a genial philosopher - these interviews catch Baudrillard thinking aloud.

- Prof Mike Gane, Loughborough University

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