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What is the reason behind calling postmodernism, postmodernism? When there was a modern period why was there a need to invent a new category as postmodernism? Wasn't the modern period modern enough?

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Concerning modernism and postmodernism, I'll deal with two mistaken notions in your thinking that your question reveals.  These notions are fundamental to any genuine understanding of an answer to your question.

First, there isn't anything like three broad categories of Western literature.  There may be two--classical and romantic-- if you interpret everything that is not classical as romantic.  But the three you mention do not define or include all of Western literature--not by a long way. 

First of all, classical, strictly speaking, refers to literature of antiquity:  primarily, for...

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you seems to say that modernism is the finale. never, there should be beyond modernism. this so calld beyond gave the birht to postmodernism. it is very important to note that this postmodernism also is not the finale. beyond this, today we speak of post-postmodernism. i remind you that this will not be the finale. there is a chance of another birth.

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jenishaju | Student

postmodernism is nothing but breaking the conventional ideas that were existed from the begining. the postmodernist try to break the formulated and well constructed ideas or practises. they are also trying to establish the idea of the centre which has no place in postmodernism. uncertainity is the main theme of the isms.

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