from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Modern thought, character, or practice.
- n. Sympathy with or conformity to modern ideas, practices, or standards.
- n. A peculiarity of usage or style, as of a word or phrase, that is characteristic of modern times.
- n. The deliberate departure from tradition and the use of innovative forms of expression that distinguish many styles in the arts and literature of the 20th century.
- n. A Roman Catholic movement, officially condemned in 1907, that attempted to examine traditional belief according to contemporary philosophy, criticism, and historiography.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Modern or contemporary ideas, thought, practices, etc.
- n. Anything that is characteristic of modernity.
- n. any of several styles of art, architecture, literature, philosophy, etc., that flourished in the 20th century
- n. a religious movement in the early 20th century that tried to reconcile Roman Catholic dogma with modern science and philosophy
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Modern practice; a thing of recent date; esp., a modern usage or mode of expression.
- n. Certain methods and tendencies which, in Biblical questions, apologetics, and the theory of dogma, in the endeavor to reconcile the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church with the conclusions of modern science, replace the authority of the church by purely subjective criteria; -- so called officially by Pope Pius X.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A deviation from ancient manner or practice; something recently made or introduced; especially, a modern phrase, idiom, or mode of expression.
- n. Modern cast or character; a modern method of thinking, or the habit of regarding matters from a modern point of view.
- n. Specifically, a tendency among Roman Catholics to modern and progressive views condemned by Pius X. in an encyclical issued in 1907.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quality of being current or of the present
- n. genre of art and literature that makes a self-conscious break with previous genres
- n. practices typical of contemporary life or thought
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"Post-modernism is about rejecting tradition, but I am interested in traditions and in processes and transformations, whether in materials or in societies, and in questioning why a process exists," she says.
His post-modernism is pretty unattractive and essentially nihilistic.
I've long held the view that the framing device of "post modernism" is a pertinent but inaccurate reading of the historical period that follows such an eruption.
After all, to complain that McEwan, Barnes & Co aren't living up to the legacy of British modernism is a little like complaining that the cheesemonger has run out of chalk.
Speaking as someone whose grandmothers were both born the subjects of actual ruling monarchs (Kaiser Wilhelm II and Emperor Franz Joseph) of functioning industrialized powers, the notion that European kingship was dependent on state religion or that either were the primary impediment to modernism is dubious in the extreme, and the bit about the priesthood is in Dan Brown territory.
Post-modernism is true in seeing that relativism exists.
Again and again, the basic principle of modernism is the same: strip and expose.
(Consider also the effect of state-run broadcasting outside the US — the Glock era at the BBC, for example — which didn't result in modernism supplanting pop by any means, but definitely increased its local market share.)
Basically, I am an average audience member, or at least I was at some point, and the main reason I became a fan of the crazy modernism is mainly because I had a chance to hear it.
For me, modernism is pataphysics applied as a method for generating coherence out of confusion, a stitching-of-songs into a grand rhapsodic tapestry.