Critical Reader provides the first truly balanced assessment of Baudrillard′s contributions to contemporary thought. The writers commissioned for this volume interrogate Baudrillard′s positions in terms of specific topics, fields and debates – from his early work on the "system of objects" to his most recent metaphysical speculations on the fatality of the subject.
Self–described "intellectual terrorist" Jean Baudrillard is one of the most important and provocative writers of the contemporary era. Widely acclaimed as the prophet of postmodernity, he has famously announced the disappearance of the subject, political economy, meaning, truth, the social, and the real in contemporary social formations. Replacing the most persistent modern orthodoxies with his own often novel formulations and arguments, Baudrillard′s writings have generated enormous controversy, forcing readers to decide if his thought is progression or regression from established positions.
Introduction: Baudrillard in the Fin–de–Millennium: Douglas Kellner (University of Texas).
1. The System of Objects and the Commodification of Everyday Life: The Early Baudrillard: Mark Gottdiener (University of California).
2. The Commodification of Reality and the Reality of Commodification: Baudrillard, Debord, and Postmodern Theory: Steven Best (University of Texas).
3. Technology and Culture in Habermas and Baudrillard: Mark Poster (University of California).
4. Baudrillard, Marketing, and Tele–Communication: Kim Sawchuck.
5. Fashion and the Signification of Social Order: Efrat Tseelon (Leeds Metropolitan University).
6. Fatal Forms: Toward a (Neo)Formal Sociological Theory of Media Culture: Jonathan S. Epstein and Margaarete J. Epstein (Kent State University and University of North Carolina).
7. Symbolic Exchange in Hyperreality: Deborah Cook (University of Windsor, Canada).
8. Capitalism and the Code: A Critique of Baudrillard′s Third Order Simulacrum: Sara Schoonmaker (Colgate University).
9. Simulation: The Highest Stage of Capitalism?: James Der Derian (University of Massachusetts).
10. Aesthetic Production and Cultural Politics: Baudrillard and Contemporary Art: Timothy W. Luke (Virginia Polytechnic Institute).
11. Baudrillard, Modernism, and Postmodernism: Nicholas Zurbrugg (Griffith University, Australia).
12. Baudrillard′s Feminist Provocations: A. Keith Goshorn.
13. The Drama of Theory: Vengeful Objects and Wily Props: Gary Genosko (Goldsmiths College, University of London).
14. Baudrillard, Time and the End: William Bogard (Whitman College).
A Bibliography of the Works of Jean Baudrillard.