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Postmodernism Does It Apply The definition for postmodernism is not an easy one to reach Partly because we havent yet been able to stand far enough away from it to give it a definition that would universally apply because we are living in the post-modern period For that very reason no consistent definition can be found The term applies to a variety of things Applied first to architecture it now encompasses areas from film to clothing to cuisine and literary philosophical theological and other theories Postmodernisms intent is to get one to think of things in a new way--to explore the world outside the confines of daily existence and see things for how they really are Especially in North America it is often associated by both supporters and critics with positions of extreme relativism and self-contradictory denials of the possibility of truth and knowledge The word postmodern describes something that people reasonably fear the denial of truth meaning and sense In our society knowledge has tended to equal disillusionment and any affirmation of belief must therefore be made in the very teeth of disbelief Lehman Therefore in order to create something new and yet believable it must be based in irony parody pastiche irreverence and generic conventions all of which are characteristics of postmodernism Stevens One author often spoken of as being postmodern is Sherman Alexie Examining his novel Reservation Blues one can definitely see certain characteristics follow closely along post modernistic guidelines Following Father Arnolds sermon to the Catholics on the Spokane Indian Reservation he collapsed from exhaustion and dreamed In this dream he was preaching to his congregation trying to save their souls but they were not listening Entering the church two people carried with them black boxes These black boxes being present caused the Indians to listen A conversation transpired between the historic Whitmans Marcus and Narcissa the box-holders and the priest After the sermon ended the Indians left quietly and
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