Introduction to postmodernism

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Introduction to postmodernism

  1. 1. Postmodernism
  2. 2. You wot?  Post = After  Modernism = Now or up to date  Bit of a contradiction in terms
  3. 3. Modernism 1st ½ of C20th
  4. 4. Modernism  An attempt to express the upheavals and uncertainties of the time  In art, traditional forms were rejected  Art was no longer ‘realistic’  Poetry didn’t have to rhyme  Books didn’t use proper sentences or even words.
  5. 5. From this
  6. 6. to this
  7. 7. and from this
  8. 8. to this
  9. 9. Postmodernism 2nd ½ C20th
  10. 10. Postmodernism Definition Postmodernism is often associated with a revolt against authority and signification and a tendency towards pastiche, parody quotation, self referentiality and eclecticism. The Fontana Dictionary of Modern Thought
  11. 11. ‘…revolt against authority and signification…’  Does not reflect the standard order of things  Rebels against mainstream ideas  Subverts what is considered fashionable and appropriate  Tend to play with images and ideas rather than stress bow down to ‘high art’
  12. 12. Playing with an image
  13. 13. …and
  14. 14. ‘…pastiche, parody quotation…’  They refer to, borrow from and sometimes outright copy other, older or contemporary texts (often to make fun of, or point out the absurdities of the ideas behind those texts).
  15. 15. ‘…self referentiality…’  Means that postmodern texts often refer to their own construction – The text knows it’s a text and will make fun of itself
  16. 16. To conclude – sort of
  17. 17. Postmodernism is:  Ironic  Playful  Nostalgic  Chops things up an re-arranges them  Borrows from other styles  Makes fun of genres, texts and narratives

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