Ontologically, metamodernism oscillates between the modern and the postmodern. It oscillates between a modern enthusiasm and a postmodern irony, between hope and melancholy, between naïveté and knowingness, empathy and apathy, unity and plurality, totality and fragmentation, purity and ambiguity.

Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker, 2010

Metamodernism … allows for individuals to (re)claim ownership of a breadth of human vicissitudes experientially felt to be real, and more so when they stand messily entangled rather than tidily sorted out.

Linda C. Ceriello, 2013

The central motivation of metamodernism is to protect interior, subjective Felt Experience from the ironic distance of postmodernism, the scientific reductionism of modernism, and the pre-personal inertia of tradition.

Greg Dember, 2018

Welcome to What Is Metamodern?, a catalog of metamodern cultural products and artifacts that we’ve identified in film, television, music, literature, cultural trends, architecture, religion and more. We see metamodernism as a very broadly located aesthetic sensibility that emerged organically around the turn of the millennium. The three quotations cited above describe in an abstract sense what metamodernism is like. But to get a more concrete feeling for it, dive in and read our extensive treatment of specific cultural examples, each covered in its own post.

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  • Metamodernism Bibliography
    Ruters University librarian Katie Elson Anderson has curated a super-useful bibliography of academic and academic-adjacent books, book chapters, and articles that explore the concept of metamodernism.
  • Notes on Metamodernism
    Founded by Tim Vermeulen, Robin van den Akker and Alison Gibbons in 2010, this website is a repository of a great set of research articles on metamodernism.
  • Music Playlists
    What Is Metamodern? editor Greg Dember put these together:
    – Metamodern Indie Rock 1995-2005 (Spotify App) (Spotify Web)
    – Metamodern Post-Genre 2006-present (Spotify App) (Spotify Web)
  • Metamodern / Post-Postmodern Film and Television List
    This is a great and monumentally long IMDB list created by @mjallard93. We do scratch our heads at a few of the 95 picks, especially among the older films included, but overall: Two thumbs up!
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