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This is the hot accelerated variation of the foreign bestseller Introducing Postmodernism. Has the twenty first century resolved the query of 'postmodernism' or are we greater than ever ensnared in its perplexities? Postmodernism looked as if it would promise an finish to the awful chilly battle period of nuclear war of words and oppressive ideologies. Fukuyama's notoriously proclaimed 'end of history', the triumph of liberal democracy over Communist tyranny, has proved an phantasm. We aroused from sleep within the worried grip of globalization, unpredictable terrorism and unexpected war.This booklet lines the pedigrees of postmodernism in artwork, conception, technological know-how and heritage, offering an pressing consultant to the current.

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A~T 6QDP SENS. r 8A~Il" 8AS/~S!! l~' postmodernism which is ~ perfectly adapted to the contemporary mono-cultural prevalence of free market capitalism. Again, Lyotard has identified this as eclectic orjunkpostmodemism. Eclecticism is thedegree zero of contemporary general culture: one listens to reggae, watches a Western, eats McDonald's food for lunch andlocalcuisine for dinner, wears Paris perfume in Tokyo and"retro" clothes in Hong Kong; knowledge is a matter for TV games. And it's the same in art kitsch, confusion and "anything goes".

I·· ': . '. " ~. '. j" :' " . j , ... • / ': . 1 DADAI Surrealism, one of Pollock's sources, was the successor movement to Dadaism (1916-24). Dadaism upsets the notion that early modemist art was ~ntirelyoptimistic. Bom screaming out of the ·mouths of Hugo Ball, Tristan Tzara and others at the Cabaret Voltaire in ZUrich, ·1916, it raged briefly as an international wildfire. It was, and with surprising durability,·remains vitally influential. ,

Those deficient in (syntagmatic) combination are confined to using similarity or metaphor. . ~1. ( What does this tell us? "There 'are two oppo. forms of mental activity,underlying the use of metaphor and metonymy. 62 In traditional literary criticism, metaphor and metonymy had always been thought of as related figures of speech. They are not related but opposed. The consequence of this is extended discourses in which either the metaphoric or metonymic order predominates... s. Jakobson's binary order has applications that extend iflto other "discourses"·besides the text, and this is the domain of semiology (from-the Greek semelon, a mark, sign, trace or omen).

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