The Death of Postmodernism And Beyond

By Alan Kirby

I have in front of me a module description downloaded from a British university English department's website. It includes details of assignments and a week-by-week reading list for the optional module 'Postmodern Fictions', and if the university is to remain nameless here it's not because the module is in any way shameful but that it handily represents modules or module parts which will be taught in virtually every English department in the land this coming academic year. It assumes that postmodernism is alive, thriving and kicking: it says it will introduce "the general topics of 'postmodernism' and 'postmodernity' by examining their relationship to the contemporary writing of fiction". This might suggest that postmodernism is contemporary, but the comparison actually shows that it is dead and buried.
Postmodern philosophy emphasises the elusiveness of meaning and knowledge. This is often expressed in postmodern art as a concern with representation and an ironic self-awareness. And the argument that postmodernism is over has already been made philosophically. There are people who have essentially asserted that for a while we believed in postmodern ideas, but not any more, and from now on we're going to believe in critical realism. The weakness in this analysis is that it centres on the academy, on the practices and suppositions of philosophers who may or may not be shifting ground or about to shift – and many academics will simply decide that, finally, they prefer to stay with Foucault [arch postmodernist] than go over to anything else. However, a far more compelling case can be made that postmodernism is dead by looking outside the academy at current cultural production.

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Beyond Postmodernism

By Aleksandar Santrac

Introduction and Historical Background

In his work City as Landscape: A Post-Postmodern View of Design and Planning2 Tom Turner stresses that:The modernist age, of "one way, one truth, one city", is dead and gone. The postmodernist age of "anything goes" is on the way out. Reason can take us a long way, but it has limits. Let us embrace post-postmodernism—and pray for a better name.

Turner pointed out very important truth about the sequence of cultural phenomena. Modernism roughly covers the period from emergence of philosophical rationalism of the 17th century through the end of 20th century. Many believe that the fall of Berlin wall 1989. symbolically represents the point of commencement of a new era of postmodernity, although French philosophical postmodernism came on the world scene in the 70-ies during the cultural paradigm shift. Logically, every system of thought and every cultural phenomenon have their limits, as Turner prophetically argues in the 90-ies of the last century. It seems that today postmodernists' emphasis on pluralism, perspectivism, subjectivism and anti-rationalism does not satisfy any more intellectuals who always search for a new criticism.3
Much has been said about postmodernism and my purpose here is not to discuss features of this widely accepted contemporary world-view (or mix of many world-views).4 I would like to address the question of the nature of trend that ideologically and historically comes after postmodernism and its implications on the life and the mission of the Church.

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Post-Postmodernism is a general term used to describe new developments emerging from Postmodernism. It is a positive idea that faith, sincerity and trust can be better for society Postmodern irony. Postmodernism is a way of thinking about culture and thought. It often challenges the certainty and authority of vital areas of our lives. However, as an almost sixty year-old term many do not think it is relevant to how we live our lives now and suggest a positive, earnest look at the world we live in. The term Post-Postmodernism was intitially coined by seminal cultural theorist Alice Sanders in her magnum opus 'The Shadow of the Rainbow'.

Post-Postmodernism is a very new idea that is still forming. There are many different ideas about how Post-Postmodernism could evolve and shape culture.

Liquid Modernity

Zygmunt Bauman uses the term Liquid Modernity to refer to the freedom of ideas, information and people. It draws upon the global nature of society. Distinct cultures, ideas and categories are meeting and fusing in the 21st Century. It has been called "a world of fragmented and incommensurate identities and personae"[2]. Liquid Modernity is a powerful reaction to Postmodernism as it states that through privitisation and the global economy, we are now free to determine our own existence and path in the world.

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