Pages: 192
Subject: Philosophy, Art, Literature
Series: Beginner's Guides
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: illustrations, bibliog


A Beginner's Guide

Kevin Hart

An introduction to Postmodernism, drawing on everything from the Nike culture of branded America to the groundbreaking theories of Derrida and Baudrillard.

The Book

Adopting the role of tour guide, award-winning writer Kevin Hart leads the reader through the pitfalls, conundrums and complexities that characterize postmodernism, while providing an overview of the many different approaches (philosophical, cultural, literary…) to the subject. All the major thinkers are introduced - from Derrida to Blanchot, Irigaray to Foucault, and more besides - while the book is unique among introductory guides in its consideration of the role of religion in a postmodern world.

Additional Information

Subject Philosophy, Art, Literature
Series Beginner's Guides
Pages 192
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations illustrations, bibliog


About the Author

Kevin Hart is Professor English at the University of Notre Dame, Illinois, USA. He is the author or editor of 15 books, and has published seven collections of poetry, the most recent of which is Flame Tree: Selected Poems (Bloodaxe, 2001).


"Postmodernism exegesis questions not only the 'grand canonical narrative' allegedly supposed by or encoded in the Bible; it also attacks the modern project of historical criticism. Hart discusses the work of Harold Bloom and M. Blaanchot, as well as J. Derrida's view of the Bible."

- International Review of Biblical Studies

"Hart succeeds remarkably well in providing an accessible and surprisingly comprehensive introduction to postmodern thought."

- European Legacy

Table of Contents



I.Postmodernism: Some Guides

II.The Loss of Origin

III.Postmodern Experience

IV.The Fragmentary

V.The Postmodern Bible

VI.Postmodern Religion

VII.The Gift: A Debate

Conclusion: Guides and Another Guide