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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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The lyric 'here come the planes, they're American planes' apparently caused the assembled bo-ho po-mo culture vultures to stop fiddling with their goatees for a few minutes.
This damaged subject, interpellated by the dissatisfying and always open-ended industry of po-mo media, is reintroduced in Mark Pizzato's discussion of Jeffrey Dahmer's media celebrity (88).
The first half of Timbuktu is marred by Willy's annoying, extended, free-associative monologues, which don't work because their po-mo clutter and wordplay fail to enhance the novel's thematic content and because Auster can't reproduce varieties of American speech as well as writers like Don DeLillo, Ralph Ellison, or William Gaddis.
A computer-animation course opened up at the University of Illinois and, as Landreth explains from the slick po-mo Alias/Wavefront offices on King Street East in Toronto, his decision to enrol in it sounds almost whimsical.
Through those years of emerging identity politics (and the post po-mo beyond), I learned to value hesitant questions over authoritative answers.
Although I do remember looking at it thinking: Maybe this is a very elaborate po-mo (post-modern), faux novel, and I just haven't grasped it.
In a section called "Radical Feminists 'Interrogate' Post-modernism," sixteen writers (including Barbara Christian, Carol Anne Douglas and Sheila Jeffreys) repetitively declaim the sins of Po-mo.
As much as it might seem like the last gasp of Western civilization, here po-mo also feels full of possibility.