Postmodernism : Modernism And Postmodernism

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This paper outlines, argues and evaluates the key ideas used in debates about modernism and postmodernism. In order to understand and evaluate the key ideas the terms modernism and postmodernism had to be defined. I found much difficulty in finding a clear and concise definition of the two terms and so I researched and formed a train of thoughts into one definition. Modernism, beginning in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century within Europe and America, was a movement mainly pioneered by artists who focused on the separation of their craft from the status quo of the society during that period mainly by the use of experimentation with content, form and materials (Long & Wall, 2012). Many believe that the basic principles of modernism can be derived from the Idea of Progress, which emerged in the 18th century Age of Enlightenment with the idea that people themselves could develop and change their society. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modernization_theory, 2014). The post modernism term was much harder to explain and so in addition to outlining and evaluating the key ideas of postmodernism I have also highlighted the works and examples of the theorist Jean Baudrillard and the artist Marcel Duchamp, among others, to further explain the term post modernism. This paper is separated into five subtopics where I go in-depth into each category so as to give a fair analysis and evaluation on both modernism and post modernism.
Modernism vs. Postmodernism
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