- (sometimes initial capital letter) any of a number of trends or movements in the arts and literature developing in the 1970s in reaction to or rejection of the dogma, principles, or practices of established modernism, especially a movement in architecture and the decorative arts running counter to the practice and influence of the International Style and encouraging the use of elements from historical vernacular styles and often playful illusion, decoration, and complexity.
Origin of postmodernism
Examples from the Web for postmodernism
Say what you want about postmodernism: in democracy, reality does come with a dose of social construction.When Creationists Collide with Stephen Colbert
December 15, 2013
Her triad helps us understand what postmodernism is doing to us.Zany, Cute, Interesting: What the Words We Use Say About Us
October 23, 2012
Word Origin and History for postmodernism
also post-modernism, by 1977, from post- + modernism. Defined by Terry Eagleton as "the contemporary movement of thought which rejects ... the possibility of objective knowledge" and is therefore "skeptical of truth, unity, and progress" ["After Theory," 2003]. Related: post-modernist (1965).