Postmodernism Theory

Copley and Herbert (2013)
What You Are About To
Learn…
What
postmoder
nism looks
like

How postmodernism
fits into narrative
and genre
So what’s this postmodernism
business?
• It can be quite a general term, and
applied in a lot of areas – we’re
looking at ...
• Whilst a modernist may see man as a
creation, a postmodernist may see him as a
construct, in which all parts of him have...
A postmodernist film will subvert mainstream conventions
Of narrative, representation, character, genre.
For instance, a c...
How to spot postmodernism
•

Postmodernism can be
a toughy to spot but
crikey when u do it’s a
beauty
Get writing these key terms you
media wizzards
• Hybridity: - mixing and sampling all kinds
of crazy fun stuff from old tv...
Parody
• A text taking an old idea or concept or even
whole storyline and making it a version of
it’s own, often in a funn...
Hyperreality
• A reality created in the text that is a bit like
real reality but in reality is not real at all.
(People of...
If you don’t want to think about
TOWIE
Then think Matrix
A technologically
Created hyper-reality
More desirable
Than the r...
More examples
• Time: time bending is used to affect reality
to create an off-beat story line – Donnie
Darko
• Artificial ...
Baudrillard - Simulacra
• Simulation and Simulacra
• Simulation – process of representations of
things becoming the realit...
Types of Simulation
• 1: Faithful Simulation – simulation reflects real
reality – like a portrait of someone
• 2: Perversi...
Now over to my fellow
theorist HERBERT for his
take on how postmodernism
affects genre and narrative
The Effects of Postmodernism on
our Key Concepts
Hi folks, due to
postmodernism we
have the ability to
change narratives
a...
Narrative
• Well often with postmodern narratives they DO
NOT CONFORM to the traditional narratives
• It’s like a rom com ...
• Often these postmodernist narrative affect
the ending of films, perhaps there will be
multiple endings, perhaps there wi...
Summary
Postmodernism is taking the old and adapting
it to make it new and to continue to be
appealing. Most often it is d...
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Postmodernism (Herbert and Copley)

  1. 1. Postmodernism Theory Copley and Herbert (2013)
  2. 2. What You Are About To Learn… What postmoder nism looks like How postmodernism fits into narrative and genre
  3. 3. So what’s this postmodernism business? • It can be quite a general term, and applied in a lot of areas – we’re looking at film • Modernism was the term to describe rejection of traditional beliefs in early 20th century – so postmodernism is going one step beyond • Postmodernism is most easily described as layering and combining new ideas with old ones from multiple sources to create something new – but this can be extended to lots of things
  4. 4. • Whilst a modernist may see man as a creation, a postmodernist may see him as a construct, in which all parts of him have been created, and mixed together to form a construct
  5. 5. A postmodernist film will subvert mainstream conventions Of narrative, representation, character, genre. For instance, a character may look/talk to the camera There may be circular narratives or cliffhangers for endings
  6. 6. How to spot postmodernism • Postmodernism can be a toughy to spot but crikey when u do it’s a beauty
  7. 7. Get writing these key terms you media wizzards • Hybridity: - mixing and sampling all kinds of crazy fun stuff from old tv shows and mixing it into one crazy postmodern media flash flood
  8. 8. Parody • A text taking an old idea or concept or even whole storyline and making it a version of it’s own, often in a funny way • Like when Family Guy did Star Wars
  9. 9. Hyperreality • A reality created in the text that is a bit like real reality but in reality is not real at all. (People often get drawn into this distant not real reality because it’s more attractive than the one they are living in) • Like the only way isswag essex
  10. 10. If you don’t want to think about TOWIE Then think Matrix A technologically Created hyper-reality More desirable Than the real world
  11. 11. More examples • Time: time bending is used to affect reality to create an off-beat story line – Donnie Darko • Artificial Intelligence: perhaps there is the usage of cyberspace, intelligent robots trying to take over reality – i Robot
  12. 12. Baudrillard - Simulacra • Simulation and Simulacra • Simulation – process of representations of things becoming the reality of what’s represented • Simulacrum – a modern representation that may deceive what is actually there in reality
  13. 13. Types of Simulation • 1: Faithful Simulation – simulation reflects real reality – like a portrait of someone • 2: Perversion Simulation – the simulation masks reality with a simplification of it’s depth – like an icon on a computer screen • 3: Pretence Simulation – masks the absence of reality – Disneyland, forget you’re in a make believe place • 4: Pure Simulation – simulation has no relevance to reality, it’s just a construct
  14. 14. Now over to my fellow theorist HERBERT for his take on how postmodernism affects genre and narrative
  15. 15. The Effects of Postmodernism on our Key Concepts Hi folks, due to postmodernism we have the ability to change narratives and genre’s because we are going post the traditional views of them
  16. 16. Narrative • Well often with postmodern narratives they DO NOT CONFORM to the traditional narratives • It’s like a rom com where a nervous Hugh Grant meets an attractive Jennifer Anniston and they date but then they both end up being abducted by Cantonese pirates and held hostage but hey guess what the government wont pay for their ransom so they get slaughters
  17. 17. • Often these postmodernist narrative affect the ending of films, perhaps there will be multiple endings, perhaps there will be ironic or parodying endings perhaps the endings wont even be finished. • Think: fight club, matrix, donnie darco, waynes world
  18. 18. Summary Postmodernism is taking the old and adapting it to make it new and to continue to be appealing. Most often it is done by changes in narratives or character, but also it can completely change how reality is viewed.
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