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Postmodernism: Home


Books dealing with the topic are listed in the catalog under the headings:

  • Postmodernism
  • Postmodernism - - Congresses
  • Postmodernism - - Europe
  • Postmodernism - - History
  • Postmodernism - - United States
  • Postmodernism and education
  • Postmodernism and education - - Great Britain - - Congresses
  • Postmodernism and education - - United States - - Congresses
  • Postmodernism and higher education - - Great Britain



Scope Note

Postmodernism [is] "originally an architectural design movement rooted in the reaction to the extreme functionalism of the Bauhaus school. Since the 1970's, the term has come into much wider use to designate a range of artistic styles, philosophical and critical positions, and sociological descriptions of contemporary society that postulate a break with either modernism as an aesthetic movement, or more broadly, modernity as a historically distinct era of human society and experience." Source: Dictionary of the Social Sciences. Oxford : Oxford University Press. H41 D4 2002.

"Postmodernism is an abstract, theoretical term and should be distinguished from postmodernity, which describes a sociological or cultural climate. The term postmodernism was coined in the late 1940's by British historian Arnold Toynbee, but used in the mid-1970's by the American art critic and theorist Charles Jencks to describe contemporary antimodernist movements like Pop Art, Concept Art, and Postminimalism. Jean-Francois Lyotard, in his book The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge (1979), was one of the first thinkers to write extensively about postmodernism as a wider cultural phenomenon. He viewed it as coming both before and after modernism, the reverse side of it. As such, postmodern moments have subsequently been discerned in thinkers as various as the eighteenth-century Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, and the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche." Source: Encyclopedia of Science and Religion. New York : Macmillan Reference USA. BL 240.3 E54 2003 v.2

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