ERIC Number: ED438239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-12
Postmodernism: An Overview of Theory.
This paper describes postmodern theory as a paradigm composed of concepts and ideas. It does not describe postmodern theory as if it were developed logically from a simple premise, because it was not, nor can the postmodern paradigm be described in neat, concise terms. The paper presents a review and explication of postmodernism's theoretical foundations, that is, main concepts, beliefs, and assumptions. It neither requires nor advocates acceptance of postmodernism in lieu of competing paradigms, nor does it attempt to model a postmodern style or position. Likewise, it is not offering a critique of postmodernism. The paper addresses postmodernism as a theory or philosophy, not necessarily as a stylistic movement in art and architecture or as a set of applications for the classroom. It concludes with implications of postmodern theory for discipline based art education (DBAE), with sections on production, aesthetics, art history, and art criticism. Appendix A contains a comparative profile of tenets of modernism and postmodernism; Appendix B contains a glossary of terms. Contains a 21-item bibliography. (BT)
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