Italian Postmodernism (3715 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

Andrea Brondino (University of Warwick)
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Nihil sub sole novum: “the concept of postmodernism is not widely accepted or even understood today” (Jameson 1998, 1). This is the opening line of a Fredric Jameson speech given in 1982. In hindsight, although this speech took place over thirty years ago, it could be easily argued that these words still apply today. Leaving aside the paradox that postmodernism is still one of the most pervasive socio-cultural labels, it does not cease to be a misunderstood concept, or even a pseudoscientific term. Over the past few years (especially after the turn of the millennium) postmodernism seems to have taken a hopelessly retro connotation, being often perceived as scientifically unacceptable, historically d&…

Brondino, Andrea. "Italian Postmodernism". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 December 2018
[, accessed 27 May 2019.]

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