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Author: Jean Baudrillard; translated by Brian Singer.
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Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (March 16, 1990)
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Seduction (Culture Texts) by Jean Baudrillard; translated by Brian Singer.

Jean Baudrillard taught at the University of Paris X (Nanterre) from 1966 to 1987.

translated by Brian Singer. New World Perspectives CultureTexts Series Montreal. ISBN 20393-25-X Canadian Cataloguing in Publication Data Baudrillard, Jean Seduction (CultureTexts series) Translation of: De la seduction. ISBN 20393-25-X 1. cal aspects.

JEAN BAUDRILLARD translated by Brian Singer. Not the seduction to which women have been historically consigned: the culture of the gynaeceum, of rouge and lace, a seduction reworked by the mirror stage and the female imaginary, the terrain of sex games and ruses (though here lies the only bodily ritual of western culture left, all the others having disappeared, including politeness).

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Jean Baudrillard is the leading international theorist of postmodernism. Seduction is Jean Baudrillard's most provocative book. Here, under the sign of seduction all modern theory is put into question. In the sudden triumph of seduction in apocalyptic culture there is also signaled the end of history.

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His work is frequently associated with postmodernism and post-structuralism. Jean Baudrillard was also a Professor of Philosophy of Culture and Media Criticism at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where he taught an Intensive Summer Seminar. Jean Baudrillard's philosophy centers on the twin concepts of 'hyperreality' and 'simulation'.

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Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) was a French philosopher, cultural theorist, political commentator, and photographer most associated with the “Postmodern” movement.

He wrote in the Introduction to this 1979 book, “A fixed destiny weighs on seduction. For religion seduction was a strategy of the devil, whether in the guise of witchcraft of love. It is always seduction of evil---or of the world. It is the very artifice of the world… Seduction, however, never belongs to the order of nature, but that of artifice---never to the order of energy, but that of signs and rituals… Seduction continues to appear to all orthodoxies as malefice and artifice, a black magic for the deviation of all truths… This is why all disciplines … must try to exorcise it. This is where seduction and femininity are confounded, indeed, confused. Masculinity has always been haunted by the sudden reversibility within the feminine. Seduction and femininity are ineluctable as the reverse side of sex, meaning and power… We are entering the era of final solutions; for example, that of the sexual revolution… Ending seduction. Or else the triumph of a soft seduction, a white, diffuse feminization and eroticization of all relations in an enervated social universe. Or else none of the above. For nothing can be greater than seduction itself, not even the order that destroys it.”

He says in the first chapter, “There is an alternative to sex and to power, one that psychoanalysis cannot know because its axiomatics are sexual. And yes, this alternative is undoubtedly of the order of the feminine, understood outside the opposition masculine/feminine, that opposition being essentially masculine, sexual in intention, and incapable of being overturned without ceasing to exist. This strength of the feminine is that of seduction.” (Pg. 7)

He continues, “What does the women’s movement oppose to the phallocratic structure? Autonomy, difference, a specificity of desire and pleasure, a different relation to the female body, a speech, a writing---but never seduction. They are ashamed of seduction, as implying an artificial presentation of the body, or a life of vassalage and prostitution. They do not understand that seduction represents mastery over the symbolic universe, while power represents only master of the real universe. The sovereignty of seduction is incommensurable with the possession of political or sexual power.” (Pg. 8)

He states, “Seduction lies with the annulment of the signs, of their meaning, with their pure appearance. Eyes that seduce have no meaning, their meaning being exhausted in the gaze, as a face with makeup is exhausted in its appearance, in the formal rigor of a senseless labor. Above all, seduction supposes not a signified desire, but the beauty of an artifice.” (Pg. 76)

He observes, “Men, moreover, are never seduced by natural beauty, but by an artificial, ritual beauty---because the latter is esoteric and initiatory, whereas the former is merely expressive. And because seduction lies in the aura of secrecy produced by weightless, artificial signs, and not in some natural economy of meaning, beauty or desire.” (Pg. 90)

He points out, “American television, one might add, with its 83 channels is the living incarnation of the ludic: one can no longer do anything but play---change channels, mix programs and create one’s own montage (the predominance of TV games is merely an echo, at the level of content, of this ludic employment of the medium). And like every combinatorial, it is a source of fascination. But one can no longer speak of a sphere of enchantment or seduction; instead, an era of fascination is beginning.” (Pg. 158)

In the last chapter, he notes, “We are all quite familiar with this immense process of simulacra. Non-directive interviews, call-in shows, all-out participation---the extortion of speech: ‘It concerns you, you are the majority, you are what’s happening.’ And the probing of opinions, hearts, minds, and the unconscious to show how much ‘it’ speaks. The news has been invaded by this phantom content, this homeopathic transplant, this waking dream of communication. A circular construction where one presents the audience with what it wants, an integrated circuit of perpetual solicitation. The immense energy spent in maintaining this simulacrum at arm’s length, to avoid the brutal dis-simulation that would occur should the reality of a radical loss of meaning become too evident.” (Pg. 163)

“Seduction” is one of Baudrillard’s common themes, and this book will be of great interest to anyone studying Baudrillard’s thought.
In this book, Baudrillard develops his own theory in various fields from sex, Freud, Kierkegaard, to politics in the theme of gseductionh. Probably, this book is written to be seduction. At the same time, we can see Baudrillardfs general attitude toward his works including this book: Prediction, warning, and seduction. He seems to learn a lot of things from Kierkegaardfs works. In the first part, he maintains his own theory on sex against Freud, which is different from feministsf theory based on sexual difference. It is interesting that he almost predicts todayfs situation of sex, which is why his works always seduce people. Moreover, I am impressed by his comments on Japanese striptease and by his idea that Japanese sexual culture is different from Western one. Through chapters, his point that seduction is fatal to itself appears continuously in his skillful rhetoric: The style of this book is similar to his gSimulacra and Simulationh, which is a good guidebook to read this book.