Postmodernism : The Postmodern Paradigm And The Socio Political Implications Thereof

1868 Words Oct 6th, 2016 8 Pages
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 remain elusive. How can Postmodernism be formulaically categorized if its defining feature is to dissociate itself from all metanarrative and, by implication, remain removed from any totalising schemata, any explanation of everything, which would include itself? This basic paradox suggests that Heartney’s comparison of postmodernism to a God concept is more accurate than perhaps she first intended. The apologetic’s contention that proof of the existence of god negates the very faith which…

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