Definition of postmodernism in English:

postmodernism

Syllabification: post·mod·ern·ism
Pronunciation: /pōstˈmädərˌnizəm
 
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noun

  • A late-20th-century style and concept in the arts, architecture, and criticism that represents a departure from modernism and has at its heart a general distrust of grand theories and ideologies as well as a problematical relationship with any notion of “art.”.

    Typical features include a deliberate mixing of different artistic styles and media, the self-conscious use of earlier styles and conventions, and often the incorporation of images relating to the consumerism and mass communication of late-20th-century postindustrial society. Postmodernist architecture was pioneered by Robert Venturi; the AT&T skyscraper in New York (completed in 1984) is a prime example of the style. Influential literary critics include Jean Baudrillard and Jean-François Lyotard

    More example sentences
    • One way to get out of the ‘postmodernism’ hole is to think about postmodernity rather than postmodernism.
    • In the work of some virtual artists many characteristics of either modernism or postmodernism can be found.
    • The works of these authors inhabit the domains of neo-realism, modernism, postmodernism and magical realism.

Derivatives

postmodernist

noun & adjective
More example sentences
  • Similarly, the contemporary detective novels of interest to us here are postmodern without being postmodernist.
  • Thus, though the happenings in postmodernist fiction seem fabulist, it is clear that the writers have one foot in contingent reality.
  • In their apparent dematerialization of solid objects, and creation of areas of uncertain space, holograms have been interpreted as a form of postmodernist art.

postmodernity

Pronunciation: /ˌpōstməˈdərnətē/
noun
More example sentences
  • These emerging attitudes are sometimes referred to collectively as postmodernity or postmodernism.
  • One way to get out of the ‘postmodernism’ hole is to think about postmodernity rather than postmodernism.
  • This too is a question about the politics of postmodernity that has important implications for these novels' language.

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