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The Uncollected Baudrillard
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The Uncollected Baudrillard

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  • Gary Genosko - University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)

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March 2001 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Jean Baudrillard is generally recognized as one of the most important and provocative contemporary social theorists. But in the English speaking world, his reputation is largely based on books published after the 1960s, as he moved towards becoming the premier commentator on postmodernism.

This wide ranging and expertly edited book examines the work of the young Baudrillard, it deepens our understanding of his seminal work on consumer culture by presenting his early essays on McLuhan, Lefebvre and Marcuse. The influence of German traditions of thought are clearly revealed, and Baudrillard's neglected and out of print writing on aesthetics is rediscovered and reprinted. Extracts from his political diaries and commentaries on European terrorism and the rise of the new Right, provide crucial insights into his later claims regarding the implosion of the masses and the rise of gesturial politics.

Baudrillard emerges as a more nuanced and penetrating figure. His aesthetic and political interests are shown to be more deep-rooted and reflexive. In general, the book supplies the missing link for English speaking readers interested in understanding this prismatic and essential thinker.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: YOUNG BAUDRILLARD
 
The Novels of Italo Calvino
 
Review of William Styron, Set This House on Fire
 
Germany
Is It a New World?

 
 
Review of Uwe Johnson, The Border
 
PART TWO: CRITIQUE OF MASS-MEDIATED LIFE
 
Review of Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media
 
Technique as Social Practice
 
Review of Henri Lefebvre, Taking a Position: Against the Technocrats
 
Ephemeral and Durable
 
Dialectical Utopia
 
Utopia
The Smile of the Cheshire Cat

 
 
Police and Play
 
Mass (Sociology of)
 
PART THREE: THE POETRY OF THEORY
 
Stucco Angel
 
PART FOUR: POLITICAL BANKRUPTCY ON THE LEFT AND RIGHT
 
The Divine Left
 
Dropping Out of History
 
Our Theatre of Cruelty
 
PART FIVE: IRONIC AESTHETIC DISORDERS
 
Barbara Kruger
 
Olivier Mosset
The Object That Is None

 
 
Enrico Baj or Monstrosity Laid Bare by the Paint Itself
 
The Transparency of Kitsch

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