The Baudrillard Dictionary published

A dictionary dedicated to the work of French Philosopher and Sociologist Jean Baudrillard, edited by Dr Richard G Smith, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, has been published

The Baudrillard Dictionary, which is the first publication of its kind, provides a comprehensive and in-depth guide to one of the contemporary world’s most influential and controversial public intellectuals.

Baudrillard, who died in 2007, was one of a generation of poststructural theorists – contemporary with such thinkers as Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Félix Guattari and Jean-François Lyotard.

Dr Richard G Smith, (Geography) said: “I am delighted that this dictionary has been published. It draws together the expertise of 35 of the world’s leading Baudrillard specialists, from numerous academic disciplines.

“The aim was not to produce a portrait of Baudrillard but to provide an essential reference for students and scholars of Baudrillard, and an indispensable testament to how his ideas have shaped popular culture and a wide range of subjects, from art, architecture, film and photography, to sociology, philosophy, human geography, media studies, and cultural studies.”

The dictionary contains more than 100 entries of key concepts, terms, themes, influences and topics within Baudrillard’s thought. It serves as an authoritative reference to his theoretical writings and charts the impact of his thinking across the world in a variety of contexts.

The Baudrillard Dictionary, priced £22.99 in paperback and £70.00 in hardback, is published by Edinburgh University Press in the UK and Columbia University Press in the US.

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