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Due to the current global health event, shipping of print books may be delayed. Actual status will show in the shopping cart. Authors Instructors Media Booksellers Librarians. Quick search: search for products or web pages, depending on options selected below. Products Site. Michigan Publishing University of Michigan Press. The first full-length translation in English of an essential work of postmodernist thought. The first full-length translation in English of an essential work of postmodernism.
The publication of Simulacra et Simulation in marked Jean Baudrillard's first important step toward theorizing the postmodern. 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.
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. In it he moves from a theory of consumer society governed by a 'code' to a general theory of culture that problematizes 'reality. The English translation of these essays is therefore very welcome. Look Inside Contents.
Ludic Feminism and After. Memory-Theater and Postmodern Drama. Orange Alert. DOI: Keywords translation, postmodernism, cultural studies, philosophy, literary criticism, popular culture, materialism, mass reproduction. Except where otherwise noted, this work is subject to a Creative Commons Attribution 3.
On “Simulacra and Simulations,” Jean Baudrillard
Simulacra and Simulation French : Simulacres et Simulation is a philosophical treatise by the sociologist Jean Baudrillard , in which the author seeks to examine the relationships between reality, symbols, and society, in particular the significations and symbolism of culture and media involved in constructing an understanding of shared existence. Simulacra are copies that depict things that either had no original, or that no longer have an original. The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth—it is the truth which conceals that there is none. The simulacrum is true. Simulacra and Simulation is most known for its discussion of symbols, signs, and how they relate to contemporaneity simultaneous existences.
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The simulacrum is never that which conceals the truth--it is the truth which conceals that there is none. If we were able to take as the finest allegory of simulation the Borges tale where the cartographers of the Empire draw up a map so detailed that it ends up exactly covering the territory but where, with the decline of the Empire this map becomes frayed and finally ruined, a few shreds still discernible in the deserts - the metaphysical beauty of this ruined abstraction, bearing witness to an imperial pride and rotting like a carcass, returning to the substance of the soil, rather as an aging double ends up being confused with the real thing , this fable would then have come full circle for us, and now has nothing but the discrete charm of second-order simulacra. Abstraction today is no longer that of the map, the double, the mirror or the concept. Simulation is no longer that of a territory, a referential being or a substance. It is the generation by models of a real without origin or reality: a hyperreal. The territory no longer precedes the map, nor survives it.