Friday, April 24, 2020

Post Modernism Or New Millennialism Part Three by BJ Neblett

Examining Postmodernism

Hello once again. I hope everyone is getting along well with the 'new normal' which hopefully will only be 'normal' for just a very short time longer. One advantage, if there are any advantages to being confined to one's home, which I have discovered is a sharp uptick in my thinking, thought process and writing. This can probably be attributed to the fact that I live alone and, consequentially have no one to converse with, beyond of course the TV. This has led to finishing up the editing on my friend KJ McPike's forthcoming release, the third in her excellent Souls Unearthed/Astralis series; continuing work on my own series, Planet Alt-Sete-Nine: Princess Haylee, and what I present to you here, part three of our look at Modernism, Postmodernism and what I have dubbed New Millennialism, the newest wave in modern literature. You can catch up by clicking the links: Part One and Part Two. Today we take a quick look at Postmodernism. Enjoy and feel free to comment.


            After fifty plus years of literary reflections on how it is and how we’d like it to be, writers and other thinkers decided to take a peek behind the modernist’s mirror. In doing so, they inadvertently, or purposely, warped the generally accepted visions and assumptions of traditional rationality. A stream of consciousness view of what if was born, challenging universally held and socially conditioned notions of objectivity. Post modernistic thinking embraced movements as varied as literature, art, music, science, and feminism, led by philosophers such as Jean-Francois Lyotard, Jacques Derrida, and Fredric Jamerson.
Notable examples of postmodernism include the art of Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Tracy Emin, and Jeff Koons, and the architectural works of Charles Moore, Michael Graves, and Philip Johnson. Noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who worked during the modernism period, is often considered an early influence of the postmodern period.
            Perhaps the best way to purposely explain and showcase the postmodern movement is to recall the periods. The ‘50s: the beat generation, rock n roll and a movement away from traditional values. The ‘60s: Summer of Love, Woodstock, the Beatles, civil rights, anti-war demonstrations. The ‘70s: women’s lib, revolutions in black music and culture. The ‘80s: technology and the ‘me’ generation. All the above can be attributed as both influences and products of the postmodern movement.
            On the literary scene, Kurt Vonnegut stands out as possibly the poster child of postmodernism. A satirist and outspoken voice of counterculture in the US, Vonnegut’s works, including Slaughterhouse Five (1969) and Breakfast Of Champions (1973) read like textbooks on themes and techniques of postmodern literature.
            Other outstanding examples of postmodernism:
            Vladimir Nabokov                              Lolita                                       (1955)
            Chuck Palahniuk                                 Fight Club                               (1996)
            Philip K Dick                                      The Man In The High Castle  (1962)
            Shelley Jackson                                   Half Life                                  (2006)
            Stephen King                                      Hearts In Atlantis                    (1999)
            Jorge Luis Borges                               Labyrinths                               (1962/64/70/83)
            Tim Robbins                                       Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (1976)
            Haruki Murakami                                Hard-Boiled Wonderland And The
                                                                                    End Of The World       (1985)
            Joan Didion                                         Democracy                              (1984)
            One of the largest and most popular outgrowths of postmodernism is the advent of dystopian literature: the destruction and re-ordering of society. Excellent early examples include George Orwell’s 1984 (1949) and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1958). The genre has become a popular touch stone of 21st century films.

Keep watch here for updates on the release of KJ's as well as my own latest books, and of course part four of this series when we delve into exactly what is New Millennialism.

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