Postmodernism Analysis

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Despite salient critiques on the nature and content of postmodernism , there is still little agreement in any field about the aesthetic criteria defining this avant-garde of artistic movements. Indeed, even the notion that postmodernism retains the nom de guerre “avant-garde” is debatable when considering commentary such as Richard Schechner’s Post-Post-Structuralism? in TDR and hghghghghghg. In her introduction to Postmodernism, an analysis of contemporary visual art, Eleanor Heartney compares the absence of any finite exactitude of postmodernity to the concept of God; being both “remarkably impervious to definition.” However, to enter into any analysis of the relationship between the postmodern paradigm and the socio-political implications thereof, some form of mutually acceptable contract must be approached.
Jean-François Lyotard’s seminal statement, “I define postmodernism as incredulity toward the metanarratives.” provides a good indication why the tenets of postmodernism
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In an interview for the Sunday Times (November 1984) Alan Bennett asserted his own political stand point by saying, “I’m not a political writer. I couldn’t write a political play... I know I couldn’t even attempt it. I can only do what’s under my nose.” (Bennett. Sunday Times 18 Nov.1984). Our Postmodern formula allows us to legitimise Scarr’s inconsideration of Bennett’s opinions on his own work. Any piece of work is open to interpretation by the receiver and “ultimately, the individual derives the value of art from himself; because he has to interpret in quite an individual way” (Nietzsche 1968, p.403). Thus if Scarr chooses to look for political inconsistencies within Bennett’s work and finds them to his own satisfaction, then Bennett’s opinion that he is “not a political writer” is not only obsolete, but could be considered

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