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Modernism
NICOLE WUTTKE, ABIGAIL SALES, JOSEPH
DIRAGO
What is Modernism?
 The modernist period= beginning of twentieth
century→1965
 Experimentation and individualism
 Experimentation and individualism were frowned upon
 Didn’t focus on one thing, went beyond what other eras did
Modernists
 Didn’t follow traditional ways of seeing the world
 Challenged and experimented with traditional form
and expectations
 Mixed slang with more intelligent language
 “Instead of progress and growth, the Modernists
intelligentsia sees decay and growing alienation of
the individual.” http://www.online-literature.com/periods/modernism.php
Influences/Inspiration (Other Eras)
 Started out as a reaction against a prevalent art form
in the nineteenth century- The Victorian Age
 Breaks with traditions became a model for the
Modernist stance
 Some modernist writers were fueled by their
reactions to Romanticism
Influences/Inspiration (Historical Events)
 Influenced by:
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Major Events in the 1920’s
Post-WW1, and the rapid
growth of urbanization
following it
Rejection, rebellion.
 They felt they needed to
explore new writing
forms
James Joyce
 Irish novelist, poet, short
story writer
 Most famous for
“Ulysses”
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Perfected the “stream of
consciousness” technique
 Also known for
Dubliners
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Collection of short stories
with unusual style
Ernest Hemingway
 American author and
journalist
 Very influential work
throughout his career
(1920s-1950s)
 Major works include
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The Old Man and the Sun
For Whom the Bell Tolls
A Farewell to Arms
 Used the Iceberg Theory
1923 Passport Photo
Modernist Poetry
 Revolutionary post-WWI
poets, Ezra Pound, TS
Elliot (photo), Marianne
Moore
 The Waste Land
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Used the collage writing
technique
Definitive example of
Modernist literature
 Untraditional sources for
inspiration
Criticism
 Difficult to understand
 Difficult to prove
 Complex
 Ironic
Modernist Symbol
 Georgia O’Keeffe
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Ram’s Head White
Hollyhock and
Little Hills