What is Postmodernism?

The concept of postmodernism along with Jean-François Lyotard’s views on the subject is a hard mountain to conquer. A simple definition of postmodernism would be the Google dictionary’s, “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…

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Cultures Within Cultures: The Application of Bourdieu Today

In Victoria Burnett’s “Art and Culture: A Reflection on Bourdieu” three opinions on the definition and ever evolving nature of art were presented. The use of comments from three people with unique backgrounds excellently enunciated Bourdieu’s claim of the relationship of cultural capital and taste. In this response I would like to explore both sets…

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Reflection on Linda Hutcheon’s “The Politics of Postmodernism: Parody and History”

The word postmodernism encompasses a wide variety of styles, and different definitions, depending on the discipline. As someone beginning the semester with absolutely no preconceived notion of what postmodernism is, I have narrowed it down to the following: An investigation of the nature, limits and possibilities of art. Inherently contradictory: first establishes then subverts conventions….

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An American Meta-Narrative

A Response to, “The Post-Modernist Appeal of Donald Trump” Postmodernism is an intricate theory of concepts and ideas in relation to culture, the economy, politics, and society as a whole. Jean-François Lyotard in his piece, “Answering the Question: What is Post-Modern?” delves into the mystery that is postmodernism, and its connection to culture. He explores…

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What Myth Do You Live By?

To wrap up our second SASAH class, our Professor (and SASAH Director) Joel Faflak asked us to think about what myths we live our lives by. After listening to him talk for over an hour in complete rapture – about the romantic poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelly, of all things – I found that the…

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The Post-Modernist Appeal of Donald Trump

In his piece “Answering the Question: What is Post-Modern?”, Jean-François Lyotard discusses how post-modernism relates to mainstream culture. Yet although Lyotard focuses on art and literature, it can be argued that people are products of post-modernism as well. A perfect example of this is Donald Trump, who will become America’s post-modern president. Trump rose from…

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