Post-Modernism Session1


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  • At end of slide, feedback – this will probably be very confused – that is as expected.
  • Students research a theorist and their theories of postmodernism individually and report back to class
  • Explain terms – help on glossary sheet
  • Post-Modernism Session1

    1. 1. Lesson Objective:  to understand the 3 approaches to postmodernism  to understand the difference between modernism and postmodernism  to know the basic theories of the postmodern
    2. 2. What is postmodernism? <ul><li> You have 10 minutes to research the term postmodernism. </li></ul><ul><li> Make a note of all definitions you find, ready to feedback to the class. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Postmodernism is a notoriously difficult concept to define. There are 3 approaches:  Historical  Stylistic  Theoretical
    4. 4. Historical <ul><li>Postmodernism is a reaction to modernism. </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore to understand postmodernism from a historical point of view, we need to first understand modernism. </li></ul><ul><li>So … </li></ul>
    5. 5. What is modernism? <ul><li> Experimenting with representations of reality </li></ul><ul><li> Early part of the 20 th century </li></ul><ul><li> Value judgements (e.g. High culture= good, low culture = bad) </li></ul><ul><li> A lot of what is generally accepted as ‘the norm’ </li></ul>
    6. 6. Think…architecture The simplification of form and the elimination of ornament
    7. 7. Art <ul><li>experimenting with </li></ul><ul><li>representation </li></ul><ul><li>of people </li></ul>
    8. 8. Nuclear family
    9. 9. So is that’s modernism, what is postmodernism? Think…
    10. 10. architecture… playing with the idea of conventions of buildings – making us think about how it is constructed
    11. 11. art… <ul><li>What is art? </li></ul>This? Or this?
    12. 12. Alternative models in society e.g. family
    13. 13. So how can we define postmodernism? <ul><li>Subject of postmodern media texts: </li></ul><ul><li> Postmodern texts embody scepticism towards the ideas and ideals of the modern era, especially the ideas of progress, objectivity, reason certainty, personal identity and grand narratives (more on this later) </li></ul><ul><li>Style of postmodern media texts: </li></ul><ul><li> Postmodernism takes pleasure in playing with convention, pointing out nature of how everything is a construction. </li></ul>
    14. 14. Theoretical Approach Main theorists: <ul><li> Lyotard </li></ul><ul><li> Baudrillard </li></ul><ul><li> Jameson </li></ul><ul><li>These 3 theorists offer interpretations of postmodernism which will help us in considering postmodern media. </li></ul>
    15. 15. 10 mins to research theorists <ul><li> Find out what postmodern theories these theorists came up with. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Jean- François Lyotard (1924-1998) <ul><li> Rejection of ‘grand or meta-narratives’ </li></ul><ul><li> These are large-scale theories and philosophies of the world, such as the progress of history, the knowability of everything by science, and the possibility of absolute freedom. </li></ul><ul><li> Therefore, all ‘grand narratives’ should be viewed with suspicion. </li></ul><ul><li> The truth therefore needs to be ‘deconstructed’ so that we can challenge dominant ideas that people claim as truth. </li></ul>
    17. 17. Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) <ul><li> There is no longer a distinction between reality and its representing image, or simulacrum. </li></ul><ul><li> Hyperreality – there is only surface meaning; there is no longer any original thing for the sign to represent; the sign is the meaning. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Frederic Jameson (b. 1934) <ul><li> Historical viewpoint – postmodernism is a development of modernism. </li></ul><ul><li> Postmodernist works are often characterized by lack of depth, which has been replaced by a surfeit of surface. </li></ul><ul><li> Jameson catalogs key features of postmodern culture, as self-referentiality, irony, pastiche, and parody. </li></ul><ul><li> Jameson refers to this cultural recycling as historicism —the random cannibalization of various past styles – erasing historical depth. </li></ul>
    19. 19. Stylistic Approach <ul><li> Postmodernism comprises of a set of core ideas and key concepts that work collaboratively to shape it. </li></ul><ul><li> The more of these ideas and key concepts it embellishes, the more of a post-modern text it becomes; these are largely derived from the above theorists. </li></ul>
    20. 20. Key concepts <ul><li> generic blurring </li></ul><ul><li> intertextuality and bricolage </li></ul><ul><li> playfulness e.g. parody and pastiche </li></ul><ul><li> hyperreality </li></ul><ul><li> hyperconciousness </li></ul> eclecticism  death of representation  uncertainty and the loss of context
    21. 21. So which approach will we go with? <ul><li>A combination of all of them, as appropriate. </li></ul><ul><li>To consider whether a text is ‘postmodern’ or not we will largely rely on a stylistic approach, which themselves are a product of historical and theoretical approaches. </li></ul><ul><li>We will also keep the other approaches in mind and look at how a postmodern viewpoint, from either a historical or theoretical point of view affects the way in which the audience and the industry produce and consume the media. </li></ul>
    22. 22. From what you have learnt today, which texts do you think could be described as ‘postmodern’?
    23. 23. Homework <ul><li> Read and learn terms from glossary. </li></ul><ul><li> Start on ‘reading’ list. </li></ul>