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L'illusion De La Fin, Ou, La Greve Des Evenements (Collection L'espace Critique) (French Edition)
Title:L'illusion De La Fin, Ou, La Greve Des Evenements (Collection L'espace Critique) (French Edition)
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Number of Pages:170
Category:Philosophy, Theory, Non fiction, Criticism
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The Spirit of Terrorism and Other essays, Forget Foucault (Foreign Agents) (Semiotext(e) / Foreign Agents), The System of Objects, The Consumer Society: Myths and Structures, The Conspiracy of Art: Manifestos, Interviews, Essays, The Ecstasy of Communication (Foreign Agents), America, Seduction, Simulacra and Simulation, The Transparency of Evil: Essays in Extreme Phenomena
Examines modern critical theory feminism and psychoanalysis and discusses the modern concept of sex roles and the political aspect of human sexuality, i The System of Objects i is a tour de force a theoretical letter in a bottle tossed into the ocean in which brilliantly communicates to us all the live ideas of the day br br Pressing Freudian and Saussurean categories into the service of a basically Marxist perspective i The System of Objects i offers a cultural critique of the commodity in consumer society Baudrillard classifies the everyday objects of the new technical order as functional nonfunctional and metafunctional He contrasts modern and traditional functional objects subjecting home furnishing and interior design to a celebrated semiological analysis His treatment of nonfunctional or marginal objects focuses on antiques and the psychology of collecting while the metafunctional category extends to the useless the aberrant and even the schizofunctional Finally Baudrillard deals at length with the implications of credit and advertising for the commodification of everyday life br br i The System of Objects i is a tour de force of the materialist semiotics of the early Baudrillard who emerges in retrospect as something of a lightning rod for all the live ideas of the day Bataille s political economy of expenditure and Mauss s theory of the gift Reisman s lonely crowd and the technological society of Jacques Ellul the structuralism of Roland Barthes in i The System of Fashion i Henri Lefebvre s work on the social construction of space and last but not least Guy Debord s situationist critique of the spectacle, In this his most important collection of essays since i Le systeme des objets i Jean Baudrillard contemplates Western culture after the orgy the orgy that is of the revolutions of the s The sexual revolution has led he argues not to sexual liberation but to a reign of transvestism to a confusion of the categories of man and woman to the androgenous and Frankenstein appeal of a Michael Jackson The revolution in art has led to a transaesthetic realm of indifference The cybernetic revolution has blurred the distinction between man and machine while the political revolution has led to a transpolitics that merely simulates old political forms Such are the points of Baudrillard s compass as he steers his way through the mental landscape of this febrile i fin de siecle i, p The first full length translation in English of an essential work of postmodernism br br The publication of i Simulacra et Simulation i in marked Jean Baudrillard s first important step toward theorizing the postmodern Moving away from the Marxist Freudian approaches that had concerned him earlier Baudrillard developed in this book a theory of contemporary culture that relies on displacing economic notions of cultural production with notions of cultural expenditure br br Baudrillard uses the concepts of the simulacra the copy without an original and simulation These terms are crucial to an understanding of the postmodern to the extent that they address the concept of mass reproduction and reproduceability that characterizes our electronic media culture br br Baudrillard s book represents a unique and original effort to rethink cultural theory from the perspective of a new concept of cultural materialism one that radically redefines postmodern formulations of the body br br b Sheila Glaser b is an editor at i Artforum magazine i p