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"At last a critical volume that dares bringing Baudrillard to
where he really belongs: dialectics, hermeneutics, phenomenology,
deconstruction, boldly calling upon Hegel, Heidegger, Derrida and
Foucault to illuminate the relation of his thought to contemporary
society, culture and theory. A real breakthrough."
Sylvere Lotringer, Columbia University
"I did not realize how much I missed Baudrillard's presence in
the world and in that of critical thought until I read this
collection of assessments by master interpreters of his later work
and exemplary producers of original critical work under its
influence. Baudrillard himself is gone but his later works,
considered perhaps excessive and faux-oracular, are becoming only
richer guides for present becomings."
George E. Marcus, University of California, Irvine
"Ryan Bishop's career exemplifies rigorous theoretical and
historical engagement with pressing material and symbolic problems.
In Baudrillard Now, he extends his thinking to renew
Baudrillard's insistent value for a new generation of intellectuals
and makers of culture. In a time of rampant messianism and
apocalyptic visionaries, Bishop does the world a service in giving
us a Baudrillard who warns us there can be apocalyptic visions
neither induced nor comforted by revelation."
Paul A. Bové, University of Pittsburgh
"This excellent, thought-provoking collection - written by
leading experts - makes a vital contribution to the current debate
on the work of Jean Baudrillard."
Mike Gane, University of Loughborough
Notes on Contributors vii
Introduction: The End of Baudrillard and Beyond
Ryan Bishop 1
1 Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007): A Critical Overview
Douglas Kellner 17
2 Baudrillard and the Evil Genius
Ryan Bishop and John Phillips 28
3 Baudrillard, Death, and Cold War Theory
Ryan Bishop 47
4 Swan's Way: Care of Self in the Hyperreal
Mark Poster 72
5 Et in Arizona Ego: Baudrillard on the Planet of the Apes
John Beck 100
6 Pursuit in Paris
John Armitage 116
7 What is a Tank?
Ryan Bishop and John Phillips 136
8 Some Reflections on Baudrillard's "On Disappearance"
Douglas Kellner 154
9 Humanity's End
John Phillips 159