Definition of postmodernism in English:

postmodernism

noun

  • [mass noun] A late 20th-century style and concept in the arts, architecture, and criticism, which represents a departure from modernism and is characterized by the self-conscious use of earlier styles and conventions, a mixing of different artistic styles and media, and a general distrust of theories.

    • ‘In its extreme forms, postmodernism represents a celebration of choice and the triumph of style.’
    • ‘Modernism and postmodernism have made us more aware of the complexities of the art form.’
    • ‘Munck attacks the critics of postmodernism by calling them sociological reductionists.’
    • ‘Indeed, this leads me to a major criticism of Foucault's postmodernism when applied to the media.’
    • ‘One way to get out of the ‘postmodernism’ hole is to think about postmodernity rather than postmodernism.’
    • ‘In this she sees these artists as contributing to what was to become postmodernism.’
    • ‘These ideas were our mental tools as we romped in the forest of first-growth postmodernism.’
    • ‘It is an excellent academic study of cultural criticism, especially postmodernism.’
    • ‘The argument that the black novel anticipates postmodernism can also take a formalist turn.’
    • ‘But this is based on the mistaken idea that modernism and postmodernism are sequential stages in history.’
    • ‘Because we are the heirs of modernism and postmodernism.’
    • ‘Its broader presuppositions relate to those of art in the era of postmodernism.’
    • ‘A certain part of postmodernism has involved an attempt to get outside of history.’
    • ‘I only make the kind of work I make because of the discourse of postmodernism and the time that I'm working in.’
    • ‘I do think we have to tackle the issue of relativism, of subjectivity, of all the modern isms including postmodernism.’
    • ‘There has been an increasingly unproductive debate on the difference between modernism and postmodernism.’
    • ‘The works of these authors inhabit the domains of neo-realism, modernism, postmodernism and magical realism.’
    • ‘In the work of some virtual artists many characteristics of either modernism or postmodernism can be found.’
    • ‘Thus has postmodernism helped close the gap between high art and low art.’
    • ‘It's starting to look dated now, a product of the first wave of 1980s postmodernism.’

Pronunciation:

postmodernism

/pəʊstˈmɒdəˌnɪz(ə)m/