Aesthetics: Modern and Postmodern is a steady study of philosophy and
aesthetics with critical debate.
In this insightful social-political discussion on aesthetics, Dr. B. Tirupati Rao examines the aesthetic phenomenon from Plato to Derrida. Dr. Rao focuses on the difference, if not the clash between modern and postmodern aesthetics.
Dr Rao gives new clues for a fuller understanding of the intricate epistemological roots of modern, postmodern and poststructuralist aesthetics.
This book is instantly accessible in its approach without being condescending and without uncritically denouncing influential thinkers like Sartre, Adorno, Althusser, Barthes, Baudrillard, Deleuze, Goldmann, Gadamer, Foucault, Lyotard, Paul de Man, Jameson, Cixous and Kristeva.
The work presents us with a clear and concise picture of
all the major aesthetic phenomena of the Western world. The work also connects
sociology with psychology as a unifying tool for postmodern thought, which might
otherwise remain fragmentary ideas or concepts still running into the danger of
the present crisis in theory and practice.
About the Author:
Dr. B. Tirupati Rao, a liberated Marxist and a free thinker teaches English at P.B. Siddhartha College (Autonomous), Vijayawada, A.P. He has published several papers in Journals both in Telugu & English and presented his points of view at various scholarly institutions for and on postmodern Theory & Practice, Literary Criticism and Philosophy. His full-length book in Telugu on Postmodernism (HBT) has been considered one of the ten best books of the last decade. His work is known for its thoroughness, fresh insight and resourcefulness.