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Encyclopedia > Maximalism
For the Marxist concept, see maximum programme.
For the theological concept, see Biblical maximalism.

Maximalism is a term used in literature, art, multimedia and graphical design, and music to explain a movement by encompassing all factors under a multi-purpose umbrella term like expressionism. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... In Marxist theory, a maximum programme consists of a series of demands which will achieve socialism. ... The article concerns the historicity of the Bible. ... For other uses, see Literature (disambiguation). ... This article is about the philosophical concept of Art. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... The Scream by Edvard Munch (1893) which inspired 20th century Expressionists Portrait of Eduard Kosmack by Egon Schiele Rehe im Walde by Franz Marc Elbe Bridge I by Rolf Nesch On White II by Wassily Kandinsky, 1923. ...


Maximalism as a genre in the plastic arts is said to emphasise work-intensive practices and concentrates on the process of creation itself. Works from this genre are generally bright, sensual, and visually rich. Artists who do work described as maximalist tend to come from Asian countries, in particular China. This, however, is a slightly naive position which will no doubt be overridden by more complexe and more ironical definitions in future. Plastic Arts are those visual arts that involve the use of materials that can be moulded or modulated in some way, often in three dimensions. ...


This is indicated, for instance, by the fact that the term Maximalism is used to describe the extensive way of writing post-modern novels, such as those by David Foster Wallace and Thomas Pynchon, where digression, reference, and elaboration of detail occupy a greater and greater fraction of the text. This sort of literature is also described as hysterical realism, a term coined by James Wood, who argues that it is a genre similar to magical realism. The term Postmodern literature is used to describe certain tendencies in post-World War II literature. ... David Foster Wallace (born February 21, 1962) is an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer, and a professor at Pomona College in Claremont, California. ... Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr. ... Hysterical realism, also called recherché postmodernism or maximalism, is a literary genre typified by a strong contrast between elaborately absurd prose, plotting, or characterization and careful detailed investigations of real specific social phenomena. ... James Wood (born 1965 in Durham, United Kingdom) is a literary critic and novelist. ... Magic Realism (or Magical Realism) is an illustrative or literary technique in which the laws of cause and effect seem not quite to apply in otherwise real world situations. ...


External links

  • News article about an exhibit of Chinese maximalist art.

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