Thursday, 26 August 2010


  • Art/ social-political movement that aimed to reinvent culture that had become outdated
  • Roughly occured between 1890s- 1960's.
  • A rejection against realism
  • divisions of modernism include avante-garde and surrealism
  • films/ novels / art were self-reflective of society
  • Modernism is self refelctive, it draws attention to itself and the material it uses- E.g. Jackson pollock


  • 1970s onwards
  • the breakdown of barriers beween genre and style
  • The breakdown of distinction between binary divides (E.g. human and machine)
  • Mixing up time, space and narrative
  • Emphasis of style over content
  • Blurring of fiction and reality / representation and the real
  • Becoming more use to a mediated version of reality, than reality itself (hyperreality)

Key terms

Intertextuality- one media text referring to another

Parody-mocking something in an original way


  • The Simpsons parody both high and low cultre to a wide range of audiences
  • part of the idea of postmodernism is that there is no divide between high arts and mass culture.

Pastiche-An artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist or period. This is a self-conscious imitation.

Bricolage- mixing up and using different genres and styles. e.g Shaun of the Dead: Zombie mixed with and romantc comedy.

Homage-imitation from a respectful standpoint

pastiche/ Homage

  • Generic conventions of a "golden age" Hollywood film of which "gaga" is the leading lady.

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