Modules on Postmodernism

THE MODULES in this section center around some of the postmodern theorists who have defined this critical school and who have sought to make sense of our own age, which has been dubbed by many "postmodern." One of the striking things about critics studying our postmodern age is how diametrically opposed they are from each other: some critics celebrate aspects of postmodernism (Linda Hutcheon) while others paint a rather bleak picture (Jean Baudrillard, Fredric Jameson). To have a strong grasp of this critical school, you should, then, have a look at critics on either side of the debate. There is no clearly logical progression across these modules; it does make sense, however, to read my Introduction to Postmodernism first.

The Modules are designed to work aggregatively, so that each subsequent module tends to build on the concepts discussed in the previous modules; however, each is also designed to stand alone, and will sometimes be hyperlinked in other sections of the Guide to Theory. In this way, the modules seek to rethink the way most text-based introductions work. Like a text-based introduction, the modules can work progressively, as if one were thus turning the pages in a book. However, the structure is actually more akin to Deleuze and Guattari's notion of the rhizome: endlessly aggregative (at least in theory) and connected to each other and to the rest of the site by multiple additional links. One can therefore progress through the modules in alternate ways; in the postmodernism modules, for example, one can concentrate on a single concept, postmodernity, exploring how Hutcheon, Baudrillard, and Jameson each differ in significant ways when it comes to making sense of our current age. One can also explore connections between the modules on postmodernism and those found in other locations in this site. The Jameson modules, for example, link up logically with the various modules under Marxism, including, of course, the Marxism Modules on Jameson; Baudrillard's understanding of the "real" is usefully compared to Lacan's understanding of the "real." For a brief introduction to the critics discussed in the Modules, go to the General Introduction.

The Modules for Postmodernism are on the left of this screen. If you place your cursor on one of the categories, the module sub-categories for each theorist will appear as a link. (Note that some browsers require you to double-click on the link.)

Work on these Modules has been supported by IHETS/IPSE (the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System and the Indiana Partnership for Statewide Education) and their Module and Course Development Program.


Proper Citation of this Page:

Felluga, Dino. "Modules on Postmodernism." Introductory Guide to Critical Theory.[date of last update, which you can find on the home page]. Purdue U. [date you accessed the site]. <>.






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