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1. Of or relating to art, architecture, or literature that reacts against earlier modernist principles, as by reintroducing traditional or classical elements of style or by carrying modernist styles or practices to extremes: "It [a roadhouse]is so architecturally interesting ... with its postmodern wooden booths and sculptural clock" (Ruth Reichl).
2. Of or relating to an intellectual stance often marked by eclecticism and irony and tending to reject the universal validity of such principles as hierarchy, binary opposition, categorization, and stable identity.

post·mod′ern·ism n.
post·mod′ern·ist adj. & n.
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Noun1.postmodernism - genre of art and literature and especially architecture in reaction against principles and practices of established modernism
genre - a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique


[ˈpəʊstˈmɒdənɪzəm] Nposmodernismo m
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Postmodernism has emerged as a reaction to modernism, being characterized by dualism, namely turning back to the past, on the one hand, and transcending the present, on the other (Jencks, 1987).
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This first major overview of the postmodern aesthetic displays a delicious irony: the very movement that Postmodernism purported to revile, early 20th-century Modernism, ended up endowing it with forms and substance that would otherwise have been found lacking.