Jean Baudrillard

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  • Paul Hegarty (University College Cork)

Born in Reims in 1929, Baudrillard began teaching languages in schools, and then moved into sociology, with a university post in 1966, at Nanterre. He stopped teaching full-time in the mid-1980s. His interest in contemporary culture and its productions have also led him, in later life, to be a photographer. He has often been associated with postmodernism, and even seen as its most radical exponent or advocate. If by postmodernism we mean merely the move beyond the belief that all thought can be grounded, then maybe this definition works, but any more detailed investigation reveals Baudrillard to be doing something quite different to others cited as postmodernists (Lyotard, Jameson). He himself is uninterested in the term, and is much m…

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Hegarty, Paul. "Jean Baudrillard". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 December 2005; last revised 07 April 2007.
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