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Motifs: An International Journal of English Studies
Year : 2017, Volume : 3, Issue : 1
First page : ( 7) Last page : ( 12)
Print ISSN : 2454-1745. Online ISSN : 2454-1753.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2454-1753.2017.00002.2

A Comparison and Contrast between Modernism and Postmodernism-Is Postmodernism a Logical Outcome of Modernism?

Harbour Karys

Graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, London, UK, Email id: karysharbour555@gmail.com

Online published on 18 July, 2017.


This essay discusses the relationship between Modernism and Postmodernism. Observing whether Postmodernism is a break from Modernism, or if in fact it is a logical outcome of Modernism. I will start by trying to define what Modernism is, the certain philosophical aspects and the main event, the Enlightenment. I will be drawing upon Kant and Harbermas, in the hope that they can shed some light upon the philosophical era. Second, I will try to understand and find some sort of definition for Postmodernism, focusing mainly on the works of Jean François Lyotard. Finally, I will combine the key features of Modernism and Postmodernism together to see how they compare and contrast, commenting on how they ‘fit together’.



Modernism, Postmodernism, Modern, Postmodern, Kant, Harbermas, Lyotard.


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