from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to art, architecture, or literature that reacts against earlier modernist principles, as by reintroducing traditional or classical elements of style or by carrying modernist styles or practices to extremes: "It [a roadhouse]is so architecturally interesting . . . with its postmodern wooden booths and sculptural clock” ( Ruth Reichl).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of, relating to, or having the characteristics of postmodernism, especially as represented in art, architecture, literature, science, or philosophy that reacts against an earlier modernism.
- n. A postmodernist.
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- adj. of or relating to postmodernism
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Without even trying, American TV watchers have developed an amazingly sophisticated view of postmodernism, even if they would never use the word postmodern in any conversation or even be able to define it.14 However, this was still a new idea in 1994.
Messrs. Heilleman and Halperin speak of what they call postmodern politics as "a meat grinder/flesh incinerator."
During his nine years as president, Kieschnick, 67, was criticized by traditionalists who bemoaned what they called his postmodern approach to the church.
Is merely changing your label postmodern or just good capitalism?
The mix of intellectualism and archness that I always think of, and that always makes me cringe, when I hear the word "postmodern" is maybe just my illusion, an occluded view of a process that's really part aesthetic reckoning (rather than dry, intellectual analysis) and part innocent, playful demolition job (rather than arch and knowing deconstruction).
The term postmodern is described by Merriam - Webster as meaning either \ "of, relating to, or being an era after a modern one\" The American Heritage Dictionary describes the meaning of the same term as \ "Of or relating to art, architecture, or literature that reacts against earlier modernist principles, as by reintroducing traditional or classical elements of style or by carrying modernist styles or practices to extremes.
The discursive situation set up here -- a narrator relating the story of a writer preparing to write a story -- is by now a recognizable move in postmodern writing, but in both Double or Nothing and Take It or Leave It Federman uses this trope more thoroughly than almost any other postmodern writer, and in addition integrates it more seamlessly with the theme motivating his narrative maneuvers.
I must say that whenI look at any randomly chosen issue of any literary magazine, whether university-sponsored or not, I have a hard time finding fiction that could plausibly be called postmodern, if to be postmodern is to challenge the reigning narrative conventions promoted by the academic creative writing programs that often enough administer these very magazines.
There's a lot of pathetic fallacy in postmodern fiction.
In our current era of what might be called postmodern anatomy, the new medical perspective recognizes the ethereal body as well as the physical body.
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