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Lecture 14

ENGB34 Lecture Notes - Lecture 14: Postmodern Art, Metafiction, Postmodernity


Department
English
Course Code
ENGB34
Professor
Daniel Tysdal
Lecture
14

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Lecture 14
Meta-fiction in “A Continuitiy of Parks”
Post-modernity as a movement of art
The era that arises when the project of modernity falters
Modernity as the rise of reason
Post-modernity views modernism less as something that is hopeful and
more as something to which we’re condemned
Modernity I think, therefore I am
Post-modernity I shop, therefore I am
Post-modernity a cultural-historical period beginning at the end of World War II and
continuing today
Characteristics
Development of mass media, consumerism
Weaking of central social authority
Television/film
Post-modernism and relativity
A life without truths, standards, ideals
Creation of own realities no objective truth
Cynical and idealistic view of post-modernism
Origins of post modernity : “Champions”
Incredulity towards meta-narratives post modernism
Meta-narratives like huge stories in the Bible
Hyper-real
Inability of consciousness to distinguish between what’s real and what’s
fantasy
Replacing big euro-centric narratives with smaller Euro-centric narratives
Traits of postmodern art
Turn to the body, to the previously taboo
Irony, parody
Challenging conventional reading practices
Minimalist structures (Robert Morris) 1931
Minimalist land art
Minimalist music repetitive
Some were so shocking that the audience would throw stuff at the artists
Arvo Part, John Cage silence for 4 min 35 sec
Idea that you need silence
The Perfect Human
The Five Obstructions
Lost Highway
Andy Warholl uses consumerist processes to mass produce
Something inherent in this that we tell the same stories
Post-modernity as a historical condition
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