The Concept of 'Postmodernism'
It is a cliché by now to say that we live in a postmodern world, and it is true that the word ’postmodern’ has become one of the most used, and abused, words in the language. Still, it is striking that not many people can say with assurance what this term actually means and involves. Some theorists suggest that ‘postmodernism’ refers to a mood or an attitude of mind, others define it as a literary, cultural, or philosophic phenomenon. Either way, critics haven’t agreed on a common definition for the concept. “Brian McHale points out that every critic “constructs” postmodernism in his or her own way from different perspectives, none more right or wrong …show more content…
Jean-François Lyotard considers that post-modernism can be identified with post-avangardism, since it has abandoned the utopic project of modernism, but has kept its language:”În concluzie, putem afirma că, în domeniul artistic, termenul de postmodernism are sens în măsura în care e identificat cu post-avangardismul. Dacă postmodernismul a preluat în bună măsură limbajul formal creat de modernism, în schimb a abandonat proiectul utopic de a schimba viaţa sau lumea prin artă, ca şi ideologia revoluţionară a inovaţiei şi a rupturii promovată de avangardă, pe care a înlocuit-o cu o estetică ce privilegiază continuităţile şi apelul la tradiţii.”[ix]
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