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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