- Title: Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction
- Author: Catherine Belsey
- ISBN: 9780192801807
- Page: 326
- Format: Paperback
Poststructuralism changes the way we understand the relations between human beings, their culture, and the world Following a brief account of the historical relationship between structuralism and poststructuralism, this Very Short Introduction traces the key arguments that have led poststructuralists to challenge traditional theories of language and culture While the autPoststructuralism changes the way we understand the relations between human beings, their culture, and the world Following a brief account of the historical relationship between structuralism and poststructuralism, this Very Short Introduction traces the key arguments that have led poststructuralists to challenge traditional theories of language and culture While the author discusses such well known figures as Barthes, Foucault, Derrida, and Lacan, she also draws pertinent examples from literature, art, film, and popular culture, unfolding the poststructuralist account of what it means to be a human being About the Series Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life s most interesting topics Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam
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"Is the author talking about linguistics now? Or politics? Or metaphysics? Oh wait, it's popular culture. No, it's ethics! Or is it psychoanalysis? Art theory? Anthropology? Or just literary criticism?"Normally I love multi-tasking authors and theories-of-everything, but when I go through the above in just two pages, I know there's a problem there. And yet this is exactly what I feel when I read poststructuralism-related authors. (No, most of them don't like to be called "poststructuralist".) Sa [...]
For me, this book did what it said on the tin. I've skirted around PS in its different forms for a while now, when dabbling in semiotics and critical theory etc, and really wanted to know a little more about 'what it's all about' without burdening myself with a loaded textbook.It's not an easy subject. I don't believe anyone who says they find it easy. It challenges on quite a fundamental level a lot of the structures and common ideas on society and language. This book barely skims the surface. [...]
Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #73), Catherine BelseyPoststructuralism changes the way we understand the relations between human beings, their culture, and the world. Following a brief account of the historical relationship between structuralism and poststructuralism, this Very Short Introduction traces the key arguments that have led poststructuralists to challenge traditional theories of language and culture. While the author discusses such well-known fi [...]
Recent events have reinvigorated my interest in the sociocultural factors that impact our sense of well-being. The quality and character of our national discourse has abruptly changed, and the psychological impact it has had on nearly everyone I encounter is profound.When the dominant cultural discourse is more reflective of ones personal world view, and when the national practices and policies are progressing in the direction of ones values, and in the service of ones interests, the feeling is [...]
In five chapters the author presents us the multiple post structuralism theory. From Saussure to Lyotard, including Levi-Strauss, Althusser, Foucault, Barthes, Derrida, Lacan and Zizek. Sex, Art, Politics, Literature and Ethics are some of the depicted themes. Lewis Carroll's dialogue between Alice and Humpty Dumpty and the case of Abel's gender changing confronts the idea of meaning as given in advance. After poststructuralism, meanings are not given, but can be changed or deconstructed. Post s [...]
It is difficult to do a short introduction on poststructuralism but this very short introduction is better than some of the other subjects in the series I have read, and much better than the godawful introduction to postmodernism Oxford inexplicably allowed. One of the problems with this subject is it assumes you know something about a number of other subjects before you even read it, like feminism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, literary criticism etc. etc but despite the fact that the author could h [...]
Mind expanding stuff.
A very short but well-done introduction to Post-structuralism. I listened to the audio version. The content and the presentment were fine.
Catherine Belsey bietet mit diesem Buch eine sehr kompakte Einführung in das riesige Feld, welches unter dem Namen "Poststrukturalismus" verhandelt wird. Sie schafft es auf wenig Seiten viele wichtige Konzepte verständlich zu erklären.Für mich fehlen jedoch zwei ganz entscheidende Punkte in diesem Buch, nämlich einerseits Gilles Deleuze und andererseits eine Kritik am Poststrukturalismus.
Catherine Belsey writes lucidly, in this introduction to poststructuralism. She elucidates the works of Saussure, Derrida, Foucault, and Lacan, among others. She spells out very clearly what she means by the poststructuralist tradition when she writes, “The history of poststructuralism is the story of the way Saussure’s ideas were taken up by later generations, especially in France, and particularly after the Second World War, when the history of National Socialism, and of French collaborati [...]
The book I read to research this post was Post Structuralism A Very Short Introduction by Catherine Belsey which is an excellent book which I bought from kindle. This art movement features strongly in both art and philosophy writings & indeed the person who created this was the philosopher Derrida. Interestingly he was Algerian but taught at university in France so was exposed to other cultures. Post Structuralism is about what transcends all cultures, an example is Greta Garbo the actresses [...]
Este libro intenta realizar la labor titánica de abreviar en unas cuántas páginas algunas de las ideas más sobresalientes del postestructuralismo. No es tarea fácil lo que se propone, son demasiados autores (Saussure, Levi-Strauss, Derrida, Barthes, Kristeva, Lacan, Zizek, et. al) y las ideas muy complejas. Durante la lectura me frustraba que muchas cosas que parecían ser esenciales se quedaran apenas si sugeridas en unas cuantas frases. La autora da saltos enormes: del problema de la éti [...]
I wanted to read this book to help me build a framework to understand the vague outlines of post-structuralism which I can hopefully fill in later as I read the actual theorist. The book starts with Saussure and a brief summary of structuralism. From there it proceeds to give brief summaries of a whole range of theorist: Althusser, Barthes, Derrida, Foucault, Kristeva, Lacan, Levi-strauss, Lyotard and even Zizek. There was a heavy emphasis on Psychoanalysis and Lit theory which was disappointing [...]
Poststructuralism is entirely too difficult a subject to benefit from a very short introduction. While this particular series can be very useful for certain movements, ideas, belief systems or historical periods, I think, for poststructuralism, brevity sacrifices far too much clarity. Several times, I found myself spending three, four, five minutes trying to unpack a single dense sentence. Also, the author presupposes that the reader has a more than rudimentary grasp of philosophy, psychology, p [...]
Belsey, does a decent overview tying relationships together, but is rather weak in the end i.e. she talks about how Derrida was trying to develop a post-structural ethics but then says nothing about how they would function, other than that they would not appeal to God (continually pathetic explanations for sweeping claims fill this book) at another point she talks about going beyond "metaphysics", but seems not understand the meaning and impossibility of that very statement. of course what she r [...]
This introduction to post-structuralism starts with the structuralism of Saussure and therefore with linguistics. The focus is on post structuralism in literature and art but not politics and sociology or history. It is therefore focused on cultural studies rather than philosophy or the social sciences. poststructuralism can be a way of looking at the world in a number of disciplines and I would have expected this to be reflection in a book that claims to be an introduction. Nevertheless a usefu [...]
wandering aimlessly through the library stacks, god pointed this book out to me, as i had no idea what postructuralism was, it just sounded kind of cool by the name. turns out it has a great deal to do with burroughs' theory on word viruses, it's just that catherine belsey sounds like an engaging academic and burroughs sounds like an engaging madman. it also highlighted the theory behind many of the crazy things that were going on back in my day in academia. a too fascinating read, i may have bl [...]
"Most of the time she succeeds in conveying these ideas to a lay audience but it doesn't always work. There are moments when she cannot (or does not, or will not) explain what connection there is between this idea and that. Some of the ideas feel like they pop out of nowhere, as if this were excerpts from a larger work, or smaller ones pasted together. Like the was majority of posties, she cannot provide a convincing argument for why the recognition of values as (mostly) non-absolute automatical [...]
I can see why some people think that this book is too much over the place with its examples and that it tries to do too much and, therefore, achieves little. However, I think that Belsey does a good job in introducing poststructuralism. And if the examples is diverse it depends on poststructuralism more than any failings of the book. I think she explain well how language, and Saussure, is essential for understanding what poststructuralism is about. Once one realizes that language really constitu [...]
Good basic introduction (or repetition) of some of poststructuralist's main thinkers. Of course one can't give a complete overview in 120 pages and there is some dumbing down going on. I think I would have had more difficulties if I haven't been already familiar with a lot of concepts. But as it is it gave me a good reminder and an overview so that I can go into more detail now. It also gives some useful hints regarding further reading. All in all it was what I expected when I bought the book: a [...]
So I've become interested in postmodernism, postfeminism, and all that post stuff. I've ordered a few books on the subjects and this is the first that I've actually sat down and read.I have to say I feel a bit confused haha. But I wonder if that what I'm supposed to feel? I mean I understood the general idea of the book but I kinda feel like it was talking in circles. But I have a general idea of the topic and there is a list of book for further reading. So yeah three stars. I think I might need [...]
pretty great introduction to the basic ideas that are common to those theorists often referred to as poststructuralists. my only real issue with this book is the lack of a bibliography. there is a 'references' section followed by a 'further reading' section--but these aren't as helpful, in my opinion, as a bibliography that lists each of the texts discussed, even if they aren't cited.would be a great book to have undergrads read before trying to get them into foucault. another great one for that [...]
Brilliant explanation of Post-structuralism and Deconstruction. I've spent the past month or two trying to understand the aforementioned theories, and by the half-way point in this book I finally had that "Ah-Ha" moment. If you are looking for a better understanding of Derrida, Barthes, Post-structuralism, Deconstruction, or linguistics in general, this book is a perfect place to start.It is a quick and enjoyable read that presents complex information in a way that the average person can underst [...]
This was a silly book. I've read five books in the "Very short Introduction" series so far, and they've often been very short on quality -- with 'Post-structuralism' being an extreme example. The bits of Foucault were alright, but all this book managed to tell me was that 'post-structuralism' is an inane discipline invented to give more jobs to academics, which functions through esoteric language similar to 'lawyer-speak,' and which, similar to the law profession, without such needlessly complex [...]
This book, despite it's size, took me quite some time to read, because I had to read quite a bit of it over again (and over again) to fully understand some of the concepts presented. It is definitely a great introduction to poststructuralism - I really enjoy reading these intro books for complex topics like poststructuralism, and this book is one of the better ones I have read. It is not summer reading though
When I studied ( not read since it was part of my academic course) I thought I cant like any criticism or theory book better than this ever. One reason was my awe-inspiring teacher Ms. Burqe, second was the con-temporariness and Belsey's academician style of writing. Novelty of the theory was one too. but this , well it begins with humpty dumpty and Alice , Question of meaning : that is where language starts calling out loud for attention to words , bare words or loaded signs
A very short, but nevertheless a good read for it offers a brief outline of the major concepts of Post-Structuralism. It may also be quite useful for the ones who have just started reading Foucault and Derrida. It clarifies some aspects of their discourse, which definitely sheds light on some basic concepts of their philosophy.
Despite its promise to be a lucid and quick read, it's really not either. I find myself having to reread lots of the material. Now, that's not a bad thing, especially with the density of the subject matter and my complete ignorance on the topic. I'm very engaged, though, and it's really giving me some food for thought.
This presentation of poststructuralism is pretty good, but I'm in serious doubts about the value of that particular philosophy. I cringe over every 2nd page or so. Another user put it better than me, but won't load properly, so I can't get a link to his review. Anyway, check out Deniz Cem's review.
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