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'. In his seventies he survived global fame and a name check in The Matrix; he also contracted cancer. His comments on 9/11, Abu Ghraib and Europe's suburban riots have been eagerly sought and digested. However, his translated publications since his first book in 1968 have left a trail of confusion and misinterpretation. Jean Baudrillard is a notorious figure but few have read many examples of his entire oeuvre. There is now though 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 is a central part of that project. It 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.
Key Features *Arranged chronologically in order of first publication in French, the Reader illustrates the development and interconnectedness of Baudrillard's work since the 1960s. *Each section has an extract of one of Jean Baudrillard's writings translated into English, prefaced by a short bibliographical introduction setting the scene. *The Reader will be of interest to students and staff in a range of university courses across the globe and to those general readers interested in public intellectuals, media events and contemporary theory.
Steve Redhead is a Professor of Legal Studies n the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. 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.
Contents Acknowledgements 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