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  • eduard at home
    Sep 2 3:10 PM
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      That gets me no further than what we started out with. If
      postmodernist refers to a literary style, then it must be a
      style in a particular time. Otherwise, why use a word which
      is a combination of two other terms that relate to time??
      But that's Ok. It would appear to me that the word is being
      used for affect rather than to aid definition.


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      From: <leeedgartyler@...>
      To: <existlist@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, September 02, 2003 2:41 PM
      Subject: Re: [existlist] Post modernist

      > In a message dated 9/2/2003 1:06:20 PM Central Standard
      > yeoman@... writes:
      > The use of the word, however, is a problem. If you say
      > someone is a "postmodernist", then their views are in
      > advance of someone who might be a modernist. Thus
      > "modernist" is not today, but in the past. So one might
      > also ask when did this modernist exist -- in the 90s, 70
      > perhaps in the 50s.
      > Actually, the term "postmodernist" is mostly used for
      > architecture in relation to the modernist movement in the
      > 1930s. Post modernist would then be in the 40s and 50s.
      > But that still leaves the term as used within philosophy.
      > asked the same question on another philosophy list and
      > got an answer.
      > eduard
      > I've heard several examples of postmodern architecture
      referred to as
      > "modern" in common parlance simply because they are
      recent. In discussions like the
      > one at hand, it's just used as an Orwellian shorthand for
      "something I don't
      > like."
      > In literature, postmodern refers to the reaction against
      the fragmented and
      > isolated narrative and lyric forms employed by writers
      like Eliot and Wilder;
      > sometimes it's almost a parody of them, like Catch-22 or
      Slaughterhouse Five;
      > generally it's manifested in a return to more identifiably
      linear narrative
      > forms with recognition of the audience and interpretive
      community in which it
      > will be experienced. Alice Walker's Third Life of Grange
      Copeland or Don
      > Dellilo's White Noise are good examples of postmodern lit.
      > Jean Francoise Lyotard's monograph "The Postmodern
      Condition" A Report on
      > Knowledge," which is usually published with his essay
      "What is the Postmodern"
      > would probably answer your question much better than I
      can. Published first in
      > Canada, as I recall.
      > Ed Tyler
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