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  • n. Any style in art, architecture, literature, philosophy, etc., that reacts against an earlier modernist movement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. genre of art and literature and especially architecture in reaction against principles and practices of established modernism

Etymologies

From post- +‎ modernism. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • According to Charles Jencks, the man who applied the term "postmodernism" or Post-Modernism, as he likes to write it to architecture, it never went away, and he has published a book, The Story of Post-Modernism, to prove it.

    PoMo power: the return of postmodernism

  • While the term postmodernism is often used to describe an aesthetic, artistic worldview characterized by a distrust of theories and ideology, I think it usefully applies (or rather should apply) to the "certainties" on both sides in the religion vs. atheism debate.

    Frank Schaeffer: The "New Atheist" Crusade and Me

  • There's a re-creation of the entrance to Garagia Rotunda, the garage studio in Cape Cod, Mass., designed by architecture critic and historian Charles Jencks, who purportedly coined the term postmodernism.

    History, Repeating Itself

  • There's no doubt that "postmodernism" is now overloaded with the connotations of cultural change brought to it by the likes of Lyotard and Jameson, so much so that its utility in measuring the continuity of 20th/21st century fiction -- or its disruptions -- probably has been lost.

    Postmodernism

  • I haven't read those books, and note only that they show the comics world's unabashed happiness with adaptations and spin-offs of other people's work, an enterprise that the world of literary fiction tends to look down on (unless, of course, it's an exercise in postmodernism).

    No Escape

  • I have more or less come to the conclusion that the only way an otherwise conventional narrative (and Skunk is, depite its unconventional subject and eccentric characters, essentially a narrative-driven novel, without much in the way of purely formal experimentation) can succeed, post-modernism and post-postmodernism, is through first-person narrative.

    Point of View in Fiction

  • I actually agree with Genoways that there are too many litmags publishing too much perfunctory work, but that these magazines have proliferated because the demand for postmodernism is so insistent seems to me patently absurd.

    Rescuing Public Discourse

  • * Mike Tomasky wonders whether Christine O'Donnell's interest in "postmodernism in the new millenium" has something to do with her dabbling into witchcraft.

    Happy Hour Roundup

  • That technique, we shouldn't forget, was inherited by postmodernism from the modernists whoo came before them.

    Notes on Strange Fiction: The Pataphysical Quirk

  • If our postmodernism is consistent in its rejection of authority, in fact, it should hardly refuse the validity of such a reading, a reading in which the patterning of the simulacra is stubbornly taken as a commentary upon objective reality.

    Notes on Strange Fiction: Postmodern(ism)

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  • Great Chomsky quote (something I don't think I've ever said before), also on the Wikipedia page sarra links to below:

    "He asks why postmodernist intellectuals won't respond as "people in physics, math, biology, linguistics, and other fields are happy to do when someone asks them, seriously, what are the principles of their theories, on what evidence are they based, what do they explain that wasn't already obvious, etc? These are fair requests for anyone to make. If they can't be met, then I'd suggest recourse to Hume's advice in similar circumstances: to the flames.".

    May 24, 2009

  • While postmodernism does indeed employ a lot of obscure and "meaningless" rhetorics, the ideology itself is simply a reaction to the 20th century modernism. Let's not make it a new boogeyman.

    August 25, 2008

  • My favourite phrase to describe this — or rather a common view of it — is a passing one I've actually just come across in the current revision of its article: “ultimately meaningless rhetorical gymnastics”!

    December 20, 2007