Art History Unstuffed. Postmodernism and the Loss of Mastery

THEORIES OF THE POSTMODERN

Part Two of a Six Part series on Theories of the Postmodern, Postmodernism and the Loss of Mastery, was posted on February 14, 2014. If Modernism was posited on the concept of humans “mastering” the earth and controlling knowledge, Postmodernism is a philosophy that both mourns the “loss” of the supposed “mastery.”

If it is impossible to “master” language, then this distancing from morality or ethics is an Adamic Fall from Grace. Therefore Postmodernism mourns this loss of mastery and reflects back on its reign with nostalgia.

Dr. Jeanne S. M. Willette

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