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Postmodern Organization Theory

- Introduction As the theme of my essay I have chosen to find out what our contemporary society must not forget in order to be able to make organizational theory evolve well into the 21st century. For this task I have decided to take a look back to Aldous Huxley’s modern dystopia “Brave new world”, that warned against totalitarian regimes that intended to suppress individuality in order to advance the interest of the state in its time. Even as those regimes might not be a direct threat nowadays we can eerily conclude that some aspects of it are quite accurate for the times we live in....   [tags: Postmodern Management]

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What is Postmodern Art?

- Postmodernism is described as the phase of twentieth century Western culture that has been often defined as the visual culture produced in the period after modernism, though there has been much recent debate since the early 1980’s as to what the definition of Postmodernism could be. Postmodern art has always been difficult to define for various reasons which include what styles of art should be included in the movement, what is the exact artistic style of Postmodern art and the insufficiency to specify what exactly postmodernism is....   [tags: Postmodern Art Essays]

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Postmodern Film

- The postmodern cinema emerged in the 80s and 90s as a powerfully creative force in Hollywood film-making, helping to form the historic convergence of technology, media culture and consumerism. Departing from the modernist cultural tradition grounded in the faith in historical progress, the norms of industrial society and the Enlightenment, the postmodern film is defined by its disjointed narratives, images of chaos, random violence, a dark view of the human state, death of the hero and the emphasis on technique over content....   [tags: cinema, postmodern cinema, narrative]

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Once Upon Today: Teaching for Social Justice with Postmodern Picturebooks

- In her article “Once Upon Today: Teaching for Social Justice with Postmodern Picturebooks,” Kathleen O’Neil argues that children, both in and out of classroom settings, would benefit from postmodern picture books because this genre of books not only disrupts the cultural concepts and roles that picture books traditionally evoke, but allows children readers to challenge their understanding of certain social norms and expectations conventionally used in picture books. O’Neal asserts that students who are subjected to postmodern picture books are being asked to think critically about the “status-quo” and this could result in the students reaching a greater awareness of the world around them and...   [tags: Kathleen O’Neil,social justice,postmodern pictures]

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A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW IN A POSTMODERN CULTURE

- I would like to explore one of the questions posed to us by Professor which is “How can we make the positive aspects of postmodernism work in our favor?” Or even more specifically, the positive and neutral elements of postmodernism, work in the favor of the Christian worldview and thought. We will start by first exploring the basic tenants of postmodernism and a brief history of where it has been and where it is currently, revealing multiple advantages for the Christian worldview in the engagement of a postmodern....   [tags: Religious Pluralism, Ideal Community]

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Christians Living in a Postmodern World

- John: 8:32 “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (NRSV) In tying it all together and having navigated many different paths of “worldviews” my ability to think world-viewishly has been shaped in that I was challenged by countless interpretations as to what constitutes authentic truth/reality in a postmodern world. In my quest to analyze these issues and gain a distinct understanding as to why certain worldviews present truth and reality as that which is certain—however unproven, I was forced to change the lens by which I had previously viewed various worldviews in the past....   [tags: Postmodernism vs Christianity]

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John Grisham: A Postmodern Author

- The American literary period of Postmodernism is extremely important to literature today because it is the period that is currently happening and we have been experiencing it for nearly half a century. This literary time period deals with real life problems and issues and shows how various people react differently to the same situations based on social, economic, and cultural backgrounds and differences (Literary Movements for Students 246). Therefore no single aspect or belief can be true. No one meaning is correct....   [tags: American Literary Period, Postmodernism]

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Lyotard and The Postmodern Condition

- Jean-François Lyotard was a French philosopher and literary theorist. He was a key figure in the development of postmodernist philosophy. Beyond helping to define postmodernism, Lyotard also analyzed the effect of postmodernism on the human condition. The Postmodern Condition is one of Lyotard’s seminal works on the impact of postmodernism on the modern world. The focus of the work is the current transition of societies from an industrial to a postindustrial framework. How does this shift revise the means and methods of productions and the products created....   [tags: Jean-Francois Lyotard, Postmodernism Theory, Scien]

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Postmodern Consumerism and the Construction of Self

- ... Thus, it might have also become a way to transform the self in order to belong, to fit within a specific social structure. This thesis seeks to explore what leads to recreating a feeling of home from the point of view of transnationally mobile students in Aalborg, Denmark. The focus is on the participants’ consumption choices and seeks to investigate the possible connections in relation to identity-building and place attachment. The potential different meanings of home will also be explored under the following problem formulation: “How do transnationally mobile students use consumption in order to turn their accommodation into a place that feels like home?” I was inspired by my daily in...   [tags: marketing, communication]

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Looking for Tolerance in a Postmodern World

- ... We are not to walk away from sin we are to run. God makes it clear. Sin is not a bargaining tool that we allow certain sins to be more deadly than others are. Sin is sin. The first century morality was not unlike our twenty-first century morality. Premarital and extra-marital affairs exist in both. Prostitution is common in both centuries. The speed in which sexual perverseness can occur in today’s society can occur at a much more rapid rate due to the Internet, however, with the same outcome as it was then, the defiling of one’s body, a body that belongs to God....   [tags: christian, sin, morality]

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The Church in the Postmodern World

- The Pastor’s Role I must say that I learned a lot from this class both through the readings and through class discussion. I really, honestly do not have anything that I starkly disagreed with in either. I found it all to be very valuable information for me and this class was extremely helpful in assisting me to better understand the current paradigm shift the church is going through. There are three take-a-ways in particular that helped me to better understand the post modern shift in the church and my role as a minister in this changing paradigm....   [tags: Religion]

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Intercultural Mediation in a Postmodern World

- This presentation will focus on mediation and the very notion of intercultural mediator in a postmodern world. Mediation is the process of intercultural transformation for all parties involved and also a learning resource in newly constructed spaces of social interactions. Mediation refers to an intercultural spatiality (the socially produced space (Lefebvre 1991), which is not static but constitutive of social relations (Rick, 1997). Here it is useful to adopt Lefebvre’s unitary theory of space (1991), which brings together all its elements, namely i) the physical (real/material) or perceived space, ii) the mental (imagined/conceptual) or conceived space and iii) the social or lived space (...   [tags: communication, emotions, intrapersonal]

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Postmodern Theory: Critical Interrogations

- “Postmodern” is a complicated term, and so are “postmodernity”, “postmodernism” and “postmodernist”, and every other term one might come across in the way of evolution. According to Andreas Saugstad (2001) different postmodern theorists may have contrasting opinions and thinkers from different areas may have contrasting definitions of the term “postmodern”. Thus, the postmodern debates influenced the cultural and intellectual scene in many areas throughout the world. These terms have been used in literature, social studies, philosophy, arts and architecture....   [tags: Evolution, Social Conditions]

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The Truth in Postmodern Culture

- Truth in a Postmodern Culture Over the past thirty years, generations understand the world around us is made up of worldly views and patterns of thoughts that inform the culture. Postmodernism informs more of the current culture than of the past, and plays a major role in media, politics, and religion. Postmodernism relies more on experience rather than specific principles, knowing that the outcome of one’s experience will be relative than universal. Postmodernism implies a shattering of innocent confidence in the capacity of the self to control its own destiny....   [tags: culture, religion, experience, destiny]

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Postmodern Art and Artificial Environment

- ... By the 1970s, this avant-gardist postmodernism of the 1960s had in turn shattered its potential, even though some of its displays continued well into the new decade. This new type of art created and altered people’s perspective of art and how it affected art today. Because of this artistic movement invention and composition existed in our vocabulary. People stopped following the traditional art forms or styles of performing. With Sol Lewitt’s “, Variations of Incomplete Open Cubes”, he was examining the idea that everyone could become an artist....   [tags: Culture, Aesthetic]

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The Postmodern Picture Book

- This assignment will begin by defining and looking at the history of the postmodern picture book. It will examine what defines these books and how it combines text, images, and paratext creating a story which has meaning for both adults and children. Analysing the picturebook ‘Voices in the Park’, by Anthony Browne will illustrate the use of text, images, and parody; also it is a good example of intertextuality and non-linear. It will use the postmodern picturebook ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ by Maurice Sendak to analyse the basis for their appeal to different age groups, looking in particular at their design and use of space....   [tags: Literature]

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Modern vs. Postmodern Architecture

- If modernism and postmodernism are arguably two most distinguishing movements that dominated the 20th century Western art, they are certainly most exceptional styles that dominated the global architecture during this period. While modernism sought to capture the images and sensibilities of the age, going beyond simple representation of the present and involving the artist’s critical examination of the principles of art itself, postmodernism developed as a reaction against modernist formalism, seen as elitist....   [tags: Architecture]

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Handbook of Postmodern Lobotomy

- Since Egaz Moni created lobotomy as invasive surgical technique to treat certain mental illnesses, rivers of ink have run for and against it. Originally, the new therapy was adopted heartily by those who wanted to get rid of headaches ... this is, other people, of course: Do I have a rebellious son or a daughter. Lobotomy. My niece is a bit frivolous, and my sister does not know what to do with her. Lobotomy. My wife is very jealous. Lobotomy. My mother-in-law tortures my life. Lobotomy. In the U.S., a country that always to adopt new everything (if work, it is good), it came as between 40,000 and 50,000 surgeries....   [tags: Egaz Moni, Mental Illness]

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Postmodern Art

- Postmodern art decided to make revolutionary break with past and questioned previous theories known as “big narratives” of art, politics, economics and overall culture in order to create new theories. The big part of postmodern theory deals with the belief of preexistence of the art all around us. The artist is the one who can recognize these elements of art around as and synthesize them into the art work. This art work becomes object of interpretation which inevitably varies among different generations, social groups, national group, religious groups, and depends on some extent of the educational level of the observers and it is also different in the same individual in different times or en...   [tags: Art ]

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Postmodernism : The Film Industry And Postmodern Theory

- In the world today, most advocates stipulate that were live in ‘postmodern’ times. However, the term has been devalued in the past few decades. Though the term may have been regarded as concise in the past, it is today thinly spread over a broad range of social and cultural contexts. This issue is as true in film studies as in other aspects of the society. Postmodernity has become common while trying to characterize cinema in the 21st century. What the term suggests regarding contemporary film or the present-day society is far from agreed (Tudor, 2002)....   [tags: Horror film, Film, Horror films, Postmodernity]

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Postmodern artists Mike Parr and Stelarc

- People usually expect to see paintings and sculptures in Art Galleries. Imagine the surprise one finds when they are presented with a man stitching his face into a bizarre caricature, or connected to a machine which controls the artist’s body. These shocking pieces of performance art come under the broad umbrella that is Postmodernism. Emphasis on meaning and shock value has replaced traditional skills and aesthetic values evident in the earlier Modernist movements. Like many other Postmodern artists, Mike Parr and Stelarc create confronting, shocking, bizarre artworks that provoke a gut reaction from their audience....   [tags: Postmodernism]

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What´s Postmodern Aesthetics?

- Postmodern aesthetics is a branch of philosophy that deals with the nature of art, beauty, and taste, with the creation and appreciation of what is considered beauty at the specific time/era.1 For example, during the Renaissance, women that were to be considered beautiful and sexy would have to have curves and voluptuous bodies as opposed to today’s size 0 beauty standards. This shows that points of view, perception and aesthetics change with each era. Etymologically, the word aesthetic comes from the greek verb αισθάνομαι, which means I perceive, I feel....   [tags: authorship, romans, greeks]

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Postmodern Multicultural Society

- The evolution of a postmodern multicultural society places a premium on increased understanding of issues surrounding culture and ethnic identity. Anthropology has traditionally defined culture as the sum total of artifacts (language, customs, tools/technology, institutions, etc.) that make up a human society. From a psychological perspective, it is useful to focus on the processes of symbolic communication that sanction the coherence of human societies and enable them to evolve such a variety of artifacts....   [tags: Anthropology, Culture, Gender Roles]

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Postmodern Theme in Tom Stoppard's Arcadia

- Arcadia by Tom Stoppard is written as a typically postmodern play, it explores this movement throughout the play with the use of features of postmodernism, and by its open ended ending. A few of the key features used during Arcadia which demonstrate the postmodern theme include: characters overlapping at the end, shifts in time from past to present, parallel characters during both eras, similar sets of props used during both eras, and the textual references. Its open ending and satirical style combine to make it a new, fresh play....   [tags: postmodernism, literary analysis, literary critici]

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A Postmodern Bore

- A Postmodern Bore Imagine, if you will, a world where everyone was the same, where your neighbors had the same clothes as you did, the same kind of dog, and the same color house as you did. A world where everyone looked like everyone else, behaved the same, and thought the same. A world characterized by total and complete conformity through assimilation, incorporation, and deindividualization. A world where an elite cadre of individuals determined the very shape of reality itself. This world is held by many scholars to be typifying of one of the major aspects of Postmodernism....   [tags: Philosophy Papers]

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Postmodern Anxiety & the Aesthetics of Destruction

- Postmodern Anxiety & the Aesthetics of Destruction To borrow a term from the seminal postmodern scholarship of Ihab Hassan, we are living in a moment of indeterminacy. As linearity went the way of modernism, today's culture is one of interconnectivity, webs and networks. We privilege teamwork, democracy, easy and equal access to knowledge above all else. Aesthetics of art and the rhetoric of corporation (that is in turn borrowed from artistic practices) are changing as a result. Formalism has given way to more open creativity....   [tags: Aesthetics Information Essays]

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Postmodern Approach to Organizing Information

- Postmodern Approach to Organizing Information: IMDb.com Database Library and information science literature has recently broached the idea of a postmodern approach to the profession. Although a unified theory has not developed, some common themes have arisen. A review of the recent literature presents the salient theoretical concepts of postmodernism in information environments. Next I examine how the Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com) embodies many postmodern attributes and attitudes towards the organization of information....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Postmodern Surrealism in Murakami's, Second Bakery Attack

- Postmodern Surrealism in the Second Bakery Attack Since its establishment, surrealist media has been able to capture our attention with its abstract thought provoking nature. It began with literature and spread to all other forms of expression across the globe. Although it had gained such renown, it wasn’t until The Second Bakery Attack was released in a collection of short stories by Haruki Murakami that surrealist literature arrived in Japan. The Second Bakery Attack stood out above all other literary releases of its time, receiving universally positive reviews and revolutionizing the way Japan viewed literature....   [tags: literary analysis, literary criticism]

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Literature - Postmodern Literary Criticism

- Postmodern Literary Criticism   Postmodernism attempts to call into question or challenge the notion of a single absolute unified master narrative without simply replacing it with another. It is a paradoxical, recursive, and problematic method of critique.   It encourages transcendence through or in spite of limitation, while simultaneously decentering the concept of absolute transcendence. To this end, it encourages the development of a heightened sense of self in relation to itself and the world around it....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]

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Postmodern Poetry - Confessional Poets

- Postmodern Poetry - Confessional Poets With World War II finally over and a chapter in history written, the next chapter is about to begin. The twentieth century brings with it a new literary movement called postmodern, where poetry is "breaking from modernism" and taking on a whole new style Within postmodern poetry emerge confessional poets whom remove the mask that has masked poetry from previous generations and their writings become autobiographical in nature detailing their life's most intense personal experiences, therefore becoming the focus of their work....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Medical Saints: Cosmas and Damian in a Postmodern World

- ... Duffin proceeds on to her first chapter called Medical Miracle where she introduces what sparked the research along with defining her concepts so that the readers can conceptualize her work. An important character in the development of her book is Dr. Jeanne Drouin. Her inspiration to look at bone marrow exposing her to the miracles of a women who was diagnosed with leukemia and should have been dead, but for some reason, years later she was still alive. Although she was going through treatment, one believed that it could be malpractice, but this sparked Duffin to look deeper....   [tags: science, spirituality, knowledge]

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Toward a Postmodern Theory of Law

- Toward a Postmodern Theory of Law* ABSTRACT: Law at the end of the twentieth century is a practice based on legal-philosophical concepts such as the representational theory of truth, neutrality, universality, and legitimacy. The content of such concepts responds to the tradition of the western cultural paradigm. We share the experience of fragmentation in this cultural unanimity: we live in a world of heterogeneousness and multiplicity that upholds the claims of different concepts of the world and of life shared by dwellers in microspaces....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Essays]

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Judith Butler and Postmodern Feminism

- Judith Butler and Postmodern Feminism What necessary tasks does Judith Butler identify for feminist criticism. How is her articulation of and response to these tasks characteristically "postmodern". "She has no identity except as a wife and mother. She does not know who she is herself. She waits all day for her husband to come home at night to make her feel alive." This sentiment "lay buried, unspoken, for many years, in the minds of American women", until "In 1960, the problem that has no name bust like a boil through the image of the happy American housewife." Betty Friedan coined the phrase `the problem that has no name' during the second wave of feminism in the 1960's....   [tags: Gender Studies]

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Christianity in a Postmodern World

- Christian Belief in a Postmodern World: The Full Wealth of Conviction Others have tried to do what Diogenes Allen, Professor of Philosophy at Princeton Theological Seminary, does in his book but none with his breadth or effectiveness. That is, others have attempted to exploit for theism's benefit the hard times now befalling the modern world's emphasis on scientific reasoning and pure rationality, which for quite a while had placed Christianity (and religious belief in general) on the intellectual and cultural defensive....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Postmodern Sociological Ideas

- Postmodern Sociological Ideas This paper is an attempt to do something that is probably not a good idea. I am going to try and take the ideas of some of the most prominent postmodern Sociological thinkers and mesh them together in some sort of coherent format. The purpose of this paper is to provide a starting place for people interested in postmodern Sociological thought. There really is no one all-encompassing postmodern theory, or a group of like-minded postmodern theorists....   [tags: Papers]

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Postmodern Aerobics

- Postmodern Aerobics These days, I'm living life flat-out, literally and figuratively. I say literally since I'm lying face up in a back float right now, and figuratively since I'm in the final stretch of my coursework for a degree in literature. I come to the pool, though, even with exam deadlines looming over my head, or perhaps be-cause of them, since I need to feel all the gravity fall away, experience even for just a moment the feeling of weightlessness. From my vantage point in the pool, I can see the aerobics class hard at work in the plate-glass exercise room on the balcony above....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]

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Postmodern Materialism And Subsemantic Cultural Theory

- Postmodern materialism and subsemantic cultural theory 1. Structuralist rationalism and the subcapitalist paradigm of reality In the works of Gibson, a predominant concept is the concept of patriarchialist truth. The primary theme of the works of Gibson is not narrative, but neonarrative. But the closing/opening distinction prevalent in Gibson's Neuromancer is also evident in Idoru, although in a more mythopoetical sense. Lyotard's model of subdialectic Marxism suggests that the significance of the poet is significant form....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Postmodern Take on a Hollywood Film Classic

- A Postmodern Take on a Hollywood Film Classic The jacket blurb on Robert Coover’s creative compilation A Night at the Movies reads: “From Hollywood B-movies to Hollywood classics, A Night at the Movies invents what ‘might have happened’ in these Saturday afternoon matinees. Mad scientists, vampires, cowboys, dance-men, Chaplin, and Bogart, all flit across Robert Coover’s riotously funny screen, doing things and uttering lines that are as shocking to them as they are funny to the reader. As Coover’s Program announces, you will get Coming Attractions, The Weekly Serial, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, and more, but turned upside-down and inside-out.” It is perhaps more appropriate to call C...   [tags: Movies Papers]

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Education without Truth in Postmodern Perspectivism

- Education without Truth in Postmodern Perspectivism Poststructuralist relativism, following the Nietzschean critique of Western rationalism, denounces the quest for truth as a quest to legitimize various claims on the level of universal human value, by covering up the indirect coercion of their discourse or imagery. Using perspectivism as an argument against philosophical grounding of various patterns and schemes, post-modern thinkers, under the influence of Poststructuralist relativism, try to depart from the cognitivist tradition by transforming philosophical thought to an edifying discipline (Rorty) or learning (Lyotard) liberated from a theory of knowledge, and giving into a discourse o...   [tags: Argumentative Linguistic Papers]

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Piazza d'Italia as an Example of Postmodern Architecture

- Piazza d'Italia as an Example of Postmodern Architecture A public place incorporated into a larger commercial complex, the fountain of the Piazza d'Italia occupies a circular area off center of the development, which consists of buildings and open-air corridors planted with trees. The fountain is set on a ground of concentric circles in brick and masonry, and is composed of a raised contour relief of the boot of Italy and a construction of several staggered, interconnected facades following the lines of the circles....   [tags: Architecture History Essays]

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The Evolution of the Term Defamiliarization

- “Defamiliarization”, “alienation effect”, “making strange”, and “denaturalization” that has hitherto concerned many thinkers, underwent so many changes throughout history. This thesis aims to study the evolution of the term defamiliarization up to the field of postmodernism, and to reveal the fact that defamiliarization in its anti-illusionistic manner has turned to be indispensable spirit of the second half of the twentieth century. The analysis of the two works written by two authors from different backgrounds, The Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut and the Harmonia Nocturine by Reza Ghassemi, will support this idea....   [tags: postmodern, perceptions, literary]

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Various Emerging Literary Genres During the 1900's

- ... The modern life was horrific, chaotic and ultimately futile. The modernist period also saw a radical experimentation in literary form and expression. American modernism seemed to be of two kinds. One was cosmopolitan, created by expatriate writers such as Ezra Pound, Hilda Doolittle, Stein and T.S. Eliot. These writers sought to internationalize literature, by making powerful connections between their work and a broad range of past literature. The other group was non-expatriate American modernists such as Stevens, Williams, Marianne Moore, and F....   [tags: modernism, realism, postmodern]

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Videotape: Don DeLillo’s Illustration of Postmodernism

- Don DeLillo’s ‘Videotape’ is a short story of man who is absolutely captivated by some footage on the news that can be described as both, raw and shocking. The footage is being repeatedly played over and over. It depicts a young girl with a camcorder travelling in the backseat of her family’s car who happens to be filming a man driving a Dodge behind them. She continues aiming the camera at the man and filming until, suddenly, he is shot and murdered. The man watching the tape at home is clearly mesmerized and fascinated with the footage to the extent that he was trying to get his wife to watch it with him....   [tags: Film, postmodern literature]

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Frederic Jameson and Jean Baudrillard’s Postmodern Theory for Terry Gilliam's Brazil.

- The postmodern theory has been broadly discussed in the works of Jean Baudrillard and Frederic Jameson. Baudrillard refers to postmodernism as a world that is inhabited by all human beings. He relates postmodernism to technology, primitivism, simulation and the hyper-real. He traces postmodernism from the France of 1960s. In his postmodern theory, Baudrillard criticizes the society and culture. According to him, the society has become so reliant on technology and lost touch with the real world....   [tags: primitivism, simulation and the hyper real]

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Features of Metafiction and Well Known Writers of the Genre

- ... John Barth first wrote about postmodernism in the influential essay, The Literature of Exhaustion (1967), denouncing ordinary, realist fiction and the ironic use of conventions. He argued that metafictional experiments were the only possible contemporary mode of writing. His novels include The Sot-Weed Factor (1960), Giles Goat-Boy (1966), Lost in the Funhouse (1968), Chimera (1972), Letters (1979), Sabbatical: A Romance (1982), The Friday Book (1984) and The Tidewater Tales (1987). In Barth’s fiction, the conventions of the traditional novels are directly challenged....   [tags: postmodern, fiction, literary]

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Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Therapy

- Personal Reflection Paper Before this course, there were many rumors about how it progressed and what would be taught. So at the beginning, which was not so long ago, these rumors were percolating in my head and have created a sort of stigma concerning learning about social context within clinical practice. I hope by the end of the quarter this set of rumor is put to rest and there is much learned to apply to my current and future clinical practice. Relational Assessment Social Context Race and ethnicity can influence a client’s experience of self and others in a variety of ways....   [tags: psychology, postmodern approach]

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The Role of Postmodern Military Coup of 1997 on Transformation of Turkish Islamist Movement

- INTRODUCTION Since the early days of the Turkish Republic, Islamist parties and groups positioned themselves against the values and institutions of the secular republic. Their stance against the secular state also defined their position against the west and modernization. For Islamists, the Kemalist state was in cooperation with the West and all the decisions made by the secular state against religion were inspired by the West. According to them, all the attempts to modernize and westernize the state specifically were aimed at undermining Islamic values....   [tags: History]

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Postmodern Art in Andy Warhol´s Silvier Liz as Cleopatra

- The earliest forms of art had made it’s mark in history for being an influential and unique representation of various cultures and religions as well as playing a fundamental role in society. However, with the new era of postmodernism, art slowly deviated away from both the religious context it was originally created in, and apart from serving as a ritual function. Walter Benjamin, a German literary critic and philosopher during the 1900’s, strongly believed that the mass production of pieces has freed art from the boundaries of tradition, “For the first time in world history, mechanical reproduction emancipates the work of art from its parasitical dependance on ritual” (Benjamin 1992)....   [tags: Pop Art, Celebrities]

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Postmodern Criticism of Monty Python’s King Arthur Skit

- Monty Python’s King Arthur skit is full of structuralism dogma breaking moments. This analysis focuses on the first scene of the movie. The scene utilizes pre-conceived notions of movie structure, the publics’ awareness about leaders and prominent figures and the acknowledgement of the existence of life among cast extras to create a satirical adaptation of King Arthur’s quest for the Holy Grail. As the scene begins we hear the hooves of a horse coming from beyond the mist around the castle. The viewer, exposed to several scenes that reflect this setting in previous movies, expects to see someone riding a horse about to emerge, instead it is King Arthur and his servant that appear; both lacki...   [tags: Movies, Films]

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Enormous Changes at the Last Minute: Postmodern Humanism

- "Enormous Changes at the Last Minute:" Postmodern Humanism in the Short Fiction of Grace Paley(1) On the jacket of her second book of short stories, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute, Grace Paley, a feminist, postmodernist, antiwar activist, and writer, identifies herself as a "somewhat combative pacifist and cooperative anarchist." In 1979, she was arrested on the White House lawn for demonstrating against nuclear weapons, and her résumé is full of such protest-related arrests. Paley's statement in a 1998 interview with the online magazine Salon is typical: "Whatever your calling is, whether it's as a plumber or an artist, you have to make sure there's a little more justice in the wo...   [tags: Grace Paley Enormous Last Minute Essays]

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A Postmodern Tendancy in Their Eyes Were Watching God

- A Postmodern Tendancy in Their Eyes Were Watching God        ...Zora Neale Hurston lacks [any] excuse. The sensory sweep of her novel carries no theme, no message, no thought. In the main, her novel is not addressed to the Negro, but to a white audience whose chauvinistic tastes she knows how to satisfy. She exploits the phase of Negro life which is "quaint," the phase which evokes a piteous smile on the lips of the "superior" race. -- from "Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)," a review by Richard Wright     An unfortunate side effect of the postmodern tendency is often reactions like the above....   [tags: Their Eyes Were Watching God Essays]

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A Postmodern Cultural Perspective in Lolita and A Streetcar Named Desire

- A Postmodern Cultural Perspective in Lolita and A Streetcar Named Desire Postmodernism has emerged as a reaction to modernism thoughts and "well-established modernist systems". (Wikipedia, 2005) Specific to Nabokov's Lolita and Williams' Streetcar Named Desire is the idea that both of the novels are written under the view of postmodernism as a cultural movement and that they are broadly defined as the condition of Western society especially after World War II (period in which the novel were written; 1947 for Streetcar and 1955 for Lolita)....   [tags: Compare Contrast Lolita Streetcar Desire]

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Postmodern Perspective on Health versus the Biomedical Model

- Postmodern Perspective on Health versus the Biomedical Model I have chosen to compare the postmodern perspective on health and the biomedical model. The biomedical model view of the body is mechanistic. This point was argued by Engels, who said that the body was a machine and the breakdown of this machine was disease. he also beleived that the the doctor was the only one who could fix the machine. this point leads to many biomedical views. Firstly, it shows the way that doctors view the body as a set of individual parts, diagnose and treat them as such....   [tags: Papers]

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Visual Media, Allegorical Consciousness, and Postmodern Culture

- Visual Media, Allegorical Consciousness, and Postmodern Culture I think many of us would agree that we are living in an era of transition: generally, from one phase of modernity to another; more specifically, it is harder to say. Let's ask ourselves for a moment how this sense of change might guide the rhetorical study of visual media. Of the many possible answers to this question, there are two I want to put on the table. The first consideration is that the study of visual media is likely to be occurring at all, or in a particular form, because our society now is moving beyond those media to other communication technologies....   [tags: Visual Media Technology Essays]

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The Role Of Artistic Practices During The 20th Century

- Historical Contex What is art. And what is social change. Are two debates that have intersected at various points in discussions about the role of art in society, for several years. One of the lines of contemporary art that has prevailed mainly in the US and Europe are the artistic practices related to the vindication of political and public in the art. However, when we analyzing this phenomenon we can see that the "social turn" in the art has a close relationship with common problematic in the theory and history of art, which can trace with greater force from the historical Avant-Garde of the first half of the twentieth century and subsequently, the Neo Avant-Garde....   [tags: Art, Aesthetics, Modernism, Postmodern art]

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Postmodernism in Heaney's Poems Bogland and Tollund Man

- Abstract This research takes a postmodern approach to Seamus Heaney's two poems: Bogland and The Tollund Man. The evidences in the research bring illuminations to the significant issues of postmodern concept. Heaney's poetry was studied in myth, politics and revolutionary movement in the area of Irish classical poetry. Recently, his poems are considered as postmodern. To answer that how much his poems are traditional, modern or postmodern is the aim of this project. Key Words: postmodernism, myth, imagery, technique, poetry, deadly, violence, corpse, bog, imagination, freedom....   [tags: Seamus Heaney Poetry Postmodern]

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The Concept Of Digital Activism and the Socio-Political Role of an Individual in today's Postmodern Global Village

- Digital activism can be defined as the use of the internet and social networks such as various blogs, Facebook and Twitter. By using these various social networks, people are able to promote certain ideas as well as raising issues of what is happening around the world around us hereby gaining support against these matters. Ai Weiwei stated that “the internet is uncontrollable. And if the internet is uncontrollable, freedom will win.” From this statement we gather that by using the internet, we can make a change in the world around us....   [tags: influence of social networks and internet]

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Postmodernity as the Climax of Modernity: Horizons of the Cultural Future

- Postmodernity as the Climax of Modernity: Horizons of the Cultural Future ABSTRACT: Given that any society is endowed not only with a set of institutions but also with the particular pattern of self-reflection and self-description, postmodernity should be viewed as an epoch representing the climax of modernity and its self-refutation. Parting with traditional society, modernity represents the triumph of power-knowledge, the divorce between spheres of culture, the global social relations, the new institutions, the change in the understanding of space-time relations, the cult of the new, and the modernization process....   [tags: Culture Modern Postmodern Essays]

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Undecidability in Becket's The Endgame

- This paper aims to study postmodern element of undecidability in Samuel Becket's Endgame. As Butler and Davis holds, "What is different about Becket is not that he provokes a critical response ... but the protean, open-ended, 'undecidable' and inexhaustible quality of the challenge he offers" (168). Endgame like Becket's other plays is in a way that, as Wittgenstein notes, is nothing more than "language play" between characters and although there are some minor actions there are not in such a way to affect the play, moreover it is their vague utterances that make the play undecidable for the reader to make out what is happening....   [tags: Samuel Becket Postmodern]

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Classical Greek Philosophical Paideia in Light of the Postmodern Occidentalism of Jacques Derrida

- Classical Greek Philosophical Paideia in Light of the Postmodern Occidentalism of Jacques Derrida ABSTRACT: In his writings during the 60s and 70s, Derrida situates his doctrine of différance in the context of a radical critique of the Western philosophical tradition. This critique rests on a scathing criticism of the tradition as logocentric/phallogocentric. Often speaking in a postured, Übermenschean manner, Derrida claimed that his 'new' aporetic philosophy of différance would help bring about the clôture of the Western legacy of logocentrism and phallogocentrism....   [tags: Philosophy]

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The Aesthetic, the Postmodern and the Ugly: The Rustle of Language in William S. Burroughs’ The Soft Machine and The Ticket That Exploded

- The Aesthetic, the Postmodern and the Ugly: The Rustle of Language in William S. Burroughs’ The Soft Machine and The Ticket That Exploded Ugliness is everywhere. It is on the sidewalks—the black tar phlegm of old flattened bubblegum—squashed beneath the scraped soles of suited foot soldiers on salary. It is in the straddled stares of stubborn strangers. It is in the cancer-coated clouds that gloss the sweet-tooth sky of the Los Angeles Basin with bathtub scum sunsets rosier than any Homer finger-painted dawn....   [tags: Essays Papeers]

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What Modernism Is And What It Means?

- ... The Modernists then uniquely implemented a modern technique for the viewer to not only appreciate the representation that is being made, but for them to appreciate the action of painting itself. This making the art a self-conscious act, the artist recognising the mechanical limitations of trying to apply visual depth to a two-dimensional surface. Modernists embraced the limitations of trying to create depth and a perspective to their art, the flatness of them was the only form of painting that was not shared with any other art field, and therefore the Modernists paintings accustomed themselves around flatness and nothing else....   [tags: Art, Modernism, Postmodern art]

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Postmodernism: The Movement in Life

- Although the postmodern movement was not started in America, its many effects have influenced the culture of this nation. Postmodernism took America from a place where it held strong values of right and wrong, to a place where any idea has been given validity and merit. By presenting new world views, postmodernism has affected American literature, for both the writer and the reader, and American culture on a vast scale. Explaining postmodernism is very challenging because it does not have a real meaning other than “after modernism” (Merriam-Webster)....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Theme Of Agger 's Multiculturalism And The Concept Of Feminism

- ... The primary difference between multiculturalism and Marxist thought is found in the motives of the French postmodern movement, which the Americans co-opted to reflect a liberal ideology. Traditionally, Marxist thought focused on a “leftist” ideology, instead of a postmodern “liberal” ideology. More so, Agger (2013) shows the dynamics of postmodern multicultural values that are differentiated from the Marxist values of the 20th century: However, when we consider the American reception of postmodernism and German critical theory, it is clear that the postmodern theories of Lyotard, Derrida, Foucault, and Baudrillard are positioned in order to support a version of post-Marxism that is clos...   [tags: Sociology, Marxism, Postmodernism, Karl Marx]

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Mainstream International Relations Has Excluded Multiplicity of Voices and Issues

- For the most part of second half of twentieth century, realist mode of thinking had dominated the discipline of international relations (IR), at least in the United States. Scholars and diplomats such as Hans Morgenthau and Henry Kissinger steered US foreign policy towards a state centric realist ‘highway’. The main signposts on that highway, among many others, were anarchy, national security, sovereignty and power politics. However, in 1960s, realism came under attack for its lack of scientific vigor....   [tags: modernism and realism of IR]

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The Philosophy of Postmodernism

- The philosophy of postmodernism supported the feeling of variety and uniqueness with all architecture. Beginning in the 1960's and lasting through today, the postmodern movement took root as a response to modernist design. This movement began in America and then spread internationally across the globe. Postmodernism, concerns the symbolism, ornament, technology and the relation of existing and past cultures. Postmodern designers tend to reject the functional, minimal use of materials and lack of embellishment adopted by modernist designers....   [tags: buildings, architecture, art]

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Postmodernism: An Art Style

- Postmodernism is a style of art that first became popular in the late 20th century. When seeing the word postmodernism, it might have to do with any one medium of art-- literature, philosophy, history, economics, architecture, fiction, and literary criticism. Lyotard, a founder of postmodernism in philosophy, is quoted as saying, “Simplifying to the extreme, I define the postmodern as incredulity toward metanarratives.” By saying this, Lyotard simply meant that, as a postmodernist, he was against the ways of thinking of modernists and wanted to see something new philosophically and artistically....   [tags: literature, philosophy, history]

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Atwood's Framing of the Story in "Alias Grace"

- One of the main themes of the postmodern movement includes the idea that history is only what one makes of it. In other words, to the postmodern philosopher history is only a story humans frame and create about their past (Bruzina). Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace is an excellent exploration of this postmodern idea. Through use of postmodern writing styles and techniques, Atwood explores how the framing of a story influences its meaning. By mixing different writing mediums such as prose, poetry, period style letters, and historical documents such as newspaper articles, Atwood achieves a complex novel that explores a moment of history in a unique way....   [tags: Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood, ]

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`` Let Me Not And The Marriage Of True Minds `` And William Faulkner 's `` A Rose For

- ... These words accurately convey the view of love during that time period that it lasts forever, and it is immune even to death. Unfortunately, cultural view of love would not always be this way. In addition to Shakespearean poetry, we can see the theme of never-ending love all the way up to the era of Modernism. In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” which was published in 1930. This story tells a tale of a woman who refuses any kind of change, especially in her relationships. In the story, Emily Grierson is in love with a man named Homer Barron....   [tags: Love, Marriage, Postmodernism, William Shakespeare]

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Architecture Should be Technologically Rational

- In this essay, I will be exploring how some critics and argument that postmodernism has become a break in a modernist notion that architecture should be technologically rational, austere, and functional. Postmodernism, as general movement, will be the first topic I will explored, my aim is to find out what are the general definition of postmodernism. Looking into some of the postmodernism architecture and explore some facts and characteristic about it. Besides looking at postmodernism as a general movement, I’ll also investigate in several facts and the ideology in postmodern architecture....   [tags: portland building,postmodernism,michael graves]

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Features of Post Modern Fictions

- ... You can forget all that stuff about truth and value—and other alienating lies perpetual by a deliberately selective version of history controlled by crazy power freaks and their lackey dupes. ‘Truth’ is only what circulates as such: hence the importance of technology and the media to an understanding of ‘our’ world today. ‘Values’ are only effects of cultural traditions; hence the importance of becoming cynical today, in order not to be suppressed under the suffocating of ‘culture’ and ‘tradition’” (Lucy viii)....   [tags: literature, metafiction, critics]

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House, M.D.- An Allegory for the Effects of Postmodernism on Society

- The television drama House, M.D. (produced by David Shore) has, throughout its history, been one of the most popular television shows in the United States . Since the series debut in 2004, millions of American and international viewers alike have tuned in to the Fox network to get their fix of the antisocial genius that is Dr. House (Hugh Laurie), the title character of the show. Ever since the first episode, when Dr. House explained to his team that "everybody lies" , it has been clear that this medical genius has faith in nobody....   [tags: television]

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The Challenges of the “Real” and Depth in Maus

- The Postmodernist movement begun after World War II in which, high and low culture are questionable in the view of society and Art. The postmodernist movement in literature creates a new set of ideals for fiction, such as the metafiction, the fable like representation in novels, the pastiche, irony, and satire. Fredric Jameson speaks about the movement and its theory in his essay “Postmodernism and Consumer Society”. He questions postmodernism in society as it creates the new societal norm of popular culture....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Postmodernist Impulse and Sam Shepard

- ... (37) Influenced by the absurdism of Samuel Beckett, Brecht’s Epic Theatre, Artaud’s Theater of Cruelty and the nihilism of Eugene O’Neill, a radically new type of theater, known as the postmodern theater emerged in the Western World during the late 1970s and 1980s. For the American literary critic Ihab Hassan, postmodernism in drama: “veers towards open, playful, disjunctive, displaced, or indeterminate forms, a discourse of fragments, an ideology of fracture, a will to unmaking, an invention of silence-veers toward all those and yet implies their very opposites, their antithetical realities”....   [tags: distrust of grand theories and ideologies]

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Analysis of Neuromancer by William Gibson

- Analysis of Neuromancer by William Gibson       William Gibson's Neuromancer sets tone 'postmodern science fiction' or 'cyberpunk science fiction.'  According to the author of "Science Fiction and the Postmodern," John R. R. Christie, postmodern requires that humans take the associations of everyday life and transform them into something different (39).Sarah also claims that Neuromancer follows the cyberpunk category.Unlike other science fiction books that we read in this class, Gibson's story takes place everywhere in this planet, starting from Chiba in Japan, Istanbul, Paris and Vancouver in Canada.  These familiar settings make Gibson's story more understandable and believ...   [tags: Neuromancer Essays]

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Postmodernity: Societal Changes

- As the term postmodernity suggests, it follows on from modernity therefore, to understand postmodernity, we must first understand the concepts of modernity and modernism. Once this is achieved, we can then examine whether present western society is or is not post-modern and what societal changes have led to the development of this debate. Therefore, modernity and its’ key features will be considered first, followed by an examination of the term postmodern and the key features said to be associated with it....   [tags: modernity, modernism, economy, politics]

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'My Name is Nobody': Postmodernism in Derek Walcott's 'The Schooner Flight'

- ... In the final stanza of the first section of “The Schooner Flight”, the speaker references the poem itself as a work he has written, “Well, when I write / this poem, each phrase go be soaked in salt; / I go draw and knot every line as tight / as ropes in this ridding; in simple speech / my common language go be the wind, / my pages the sails of the schooner Flight” (71-76). Through metafictional self-reference, the speaker composes an extended metaphor of his poem being the schooner Flight, alluding to both the ship within the poem and the title of the Walcott’s poem....   [tags: literary and mythological analysis]

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The Writing's of Maya Angelou

- Maya Angelou is an author and poet who has risen to fame for her emotionally filled novels and her deep, heartfelt poetry. Her novels mainly focus on her life and humanity with special emphasis on her ideas of what it means to live. The way she utilizes many different styles to grab and keep readers’ attention through something as simple as an autobiography is astounding. This command of the English language and the grace with which she writes allows for a pleasant reading experience. Her style is especially prominent in "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", where the early events of Angelou’s life are vividly described to the reader in the postmodern literary fashion....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Conflict Between Appearance and Reality

- Analyse the conflict between appearances and reality in Blow-Up. Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up deals with the issue of identity in postmodern society. We follow Thomas, a photographer around London in the 1960s, and we see the film through Thomas’s perspective. Appearance and reality may begin to conflict when the viewer suspects that Thomas’s motive is to apply meaning to his life and identity. Exploring the complex nature of this film’s reality requires examining the significance of images, their context to reality, and the value and meanings prescribed to them....   [tags: film analysis, michelangelo]

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A Rock n' Roll Ulysses

- A Rock n' Roll Ulysses In a letter to Carlo Linati, James Joyce wrote, "Each adventure [in Ulysses]. . . should not only condition but even create its own technique" (Dettmar, from Joyce, 143). Written nearly three decades before "long players" (phonograph record albums) were to invade the marketplace, Ulysses stylistically resembles a pop album (or the other way around). Ulysses was composed of eighteen "adventures" that created their own technique. The same principle applies to pop albums, which contain separate and distinct tracks that musically reflect the lyrical content (or parody that content)....   [tags: Free Essays Online]

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