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The Origins of Postmodernity by Perry…

The Origins of Postmodernity (1998)

by Perry Anderson

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Where does the idea of the postmodern come from? Who first conceived, and who developed it? How have its meanings changed? What purposes do they serve? These are the questions addressed in The Origins of Postmodernity. The answers take us from Lima to Angkor, to Paris and Munich, to China and the stars. At the center of the story is the figure of Fredric Jameson, theorist supreme of postmodernism. What happens to art, time, politics, in the age of the spectacle? What has ended, and what has begun?… (more)



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Well, it's not exactly what the title claims. But the first two chapters are good, short summaries of the rise of the terms and ideas around 'postmodernism.' The third is an appreciation and summary of Fredric Jameson's work. The fourth is a survey of responses to his work, and Anderson's own slightly random thoughts on these matters.

The first three chapters are great, the fourth a bit aimless. But if you want a good history of these ideas, and/or a good introduction to Jameson, this is your book. ( )
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