What does postmodernism mean in literature

Postmodernism - German literature and eras

The definition of the German literary epoch of postmodernism is derived from the word components "post" and "modern", which mean "after" (post) and mean modern. The epoch of postmodernism is therefore the time in German literary history that follows the epoch of modernity. An exact beginning of this epoch is not defined, one speaks of the nineties, i.e. the period after 1980.



The postmodern era thus follows the modern era. The movement of that time was shaped by intellectual and cultural aspects. Probably the most important goal of postmodernism: The dissolution of the structures so strongly centralized in modernity. While there were still clear and reasonable ideologies here, one term was broken down into many different terms in postmodernism. The time was shaped by technology, media and culture, everything together resulted in a new undiscovered world. Postmodern literature aimed to combine these different factors.

The authors and poets of the postmodern era wanted to bring about the most heterogeneous development possible that included culture as well as society. In doing so, the authors and poets even undertook a phased evaluation of the various aspects.



In the postmodern era, it was the re-use of old ideas or goals with the aim of creating something new that the authors pursued as their goal. It was mostly left to chance what result this new creation led to.

  • The idea of ​​reason that emerged from the Enlightenment was rejected.
  • It has been said that people's identities are unstable.
  • Media and technology became the focus
  • The traditional sense of community was lost and social individuals were created.
  • There was artistic and cultural freedom

Postmodern authors

  • Jean-Francois Lyotard
  • Jacques Derrida


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