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[pohst-mod-er-niz-uh m] /poʊstˈmɒd ərˌnɪz əm/

(sometimes initial capital letter) any of a number of trends or movements in the arts and literature developing in the 1970s in reaction to or rejection of the dogma, principles, or practices of established , especially a movement in architecture and the decorative arts running counter to the practice and influence of the International Style and encouraging the use of elements from historical vernacular styles and often playful illusion, decoration, and complexity.

also post-modernism, by 1977, from post- + modernism. Defined by Terry Eagleton as “the contemporary movement of thought which rejects … the possibility of objective knowledge” and is therefore “skeptical of truth, unity, and progress” [“After Theory,” 2003]. Related: post-modernist (1965).

A movement, particularly in architecture, that reacted against the pared-down modern school by reintroducing classical and traditional elements of style. An example of this style is Philip Johnson’s AT&T Building in New York City.


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