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The Jean Baudrillard Reader

Edited by Steve Redhead

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Jean Baudrillard was perhaps the most controversial of all social and cultural theorists. He has been variously vilified as a 'postmodernist', an 'overrated French theorist' and one of the 'intellectual imposters'. His comments on 9/11, Abu Ghraib and Europe's suburban riots have been eagerly sought and digested, and there is now a chance to read Baudrillard's texts in an overall historical, social and political context and for a cool re-assessment to be made of his life and work, after his death. This book concentrates on what Baudrillard has written over five decades and the order in which he wrote it. The Reader comprises extracts of Baudrillard's writings from the sixties to the noughties, with an editorial introduction and a concluding reading guide.

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Chapter 1: On Non-Postmodernity by Steve Redhead
Chapter 2: Mass Media Culture
Chapter 3: The Linguistic Imaginary
Chapter 4: The Ecliptic of Sex
Chapter 5: The Beaubourg Effect: Implosion and Deterrence
Chapter 6: Please Follow Me
Chapter 7: The Evil Demon of Images
Chapter 8: The Gulf War: Is It Really Taking Place?
Chapter 9: Pataphysics of the Year 2000
Chapter 10: Impossible Exchange
Chapter 11: The Millennium, or the Suspense of the Year 2000
Chapter 12: Truth or Radicality? The Future of Architecture
Chapter 13: The Art Conspiracy
Chapter 14: Requiem for the Twin Towers
Chapter 15: Pornography of War
Chapter 16: Contemporary Art: Art Contemporary with Itself
Chapter 17: The Pyres of Autumn
Chapter 18: We Have Never Been Postmodern: Reading Jean Baudrillard
by Steve Redhead

About the Author

Steve Redead is Professor of Sports Media and Sub Dean Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Arts at Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, Australia. He has published fifteen books including The Paul Virilio Reader, The Jean Baudrillard Reader and Paul Virilio: Theorist for an Accelerated Culture, all with Edinburgh University Press.

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