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Modernism And Postmodernism And Modernism

- ... Such strong and fast development distanced this era farther from the past in more than just terms of years – technology had created a completely modern society with new norms. This was the consequence of mass consumption and mass reproduction’s efficiency and speed. Modernity is an era but the sensibility that was produced was Modernism. Consequently, art has been known to correlate with the values held high by society. Therefore, Modernism was less about representation and more about self reflexivity....   [tags: Modernism, Postmodernism, Postmodernity]

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What Modernism Is And What It Means?

- ... The Modernists then uniquely implemented a modern technique for the viewer to not only appreciate the representation that is being made, but for them to appreciate the action of painting itself. This making the art a self-conscious act, the artist recognising the mechanical limitations of trying to apply visual depth to a two-dimensional surface. Modernists embraced the limitations of trying to create depth and a perspective to their art, the flatness of them was the only form of painting that was not shared with any other art field, and therefore the Modernists paintings accustomed themselves around flatness and nothing else....   [tags: Art, Modernism, Postmodern art]

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The Modernism Of The Twentieth Century

- ... Accordingly, the introduction of symbolic representation became an immediate need for post-modernists. The symbol was an essential factor that would bring to life what Modern architecture chose to ignore, because “human beings live by symbols, and when those are touched the core of the human adjustment to life is affected” (Scully 16). The implication of symbols and meaning was something that was avoided by Modernists because the primary focus was not on human connections to architecture, but the urban and socioeconomic connections to architecture....   [tags: Modernism, Postmodernism, International style]

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What is Post-Modernism?

- What is Post-Modernism. The aim of this essay is to explain how Post-Modernism has influenced our contemporary built environment and explain what other movements have derived from it. I would argue that Post-Modernism is a worldwide movement in all arts and disciplines. A definition of postmodernism will provide a better understanding of the trend that would show how it is relevant to contemporary culture and important for the future. Postmodernism became an important movement right after the Second World War, and the movement spread around Europe and North America during the early 20th century....   [tags: Philosophy, Modernism]

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The Literary Modernism Time Period

- The literary modernism time period was a movement in literature that started in the early 1890s and was very eventful. During this era there were many considerable events taking place such as The Great War (also known as “World War One”), which started in 1914. This War lasted for four years and finally ended in 1918, but its effects lasted much longer. The financial instability of Europe and death caused by this First World War gave people a sense of patriotism that unified them. It made people think of not only the society as a whole, but themselves as individuals ("Modernism.")....   [tags: the great war, post modernism, styles]

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War and Modernism Poems During the Earky 1900's

- During the tumultuous early 1900s, many poems were written on the horrors both heard of and encountered first hand. Some poets, like William Butler Yeats, wrote about the horrors of rebellion they encountered; others, like Wilfred Owen, were part of the dreadful World War I and were urged by their memories to start writing (“Wilfred Owen”). Both were part of the modernist movement, of which Yeats is often regarded as one of the founders. Modernism was a movement that outstretched literature and poetry, yet provided a new amount of freedom for war poets, as it allowed them to express themselves in the modernist fashion of free forms and room for criticism on the modern world (Matterson)....   [tags: modernist movement,william, yeats, modernism]

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Toward a Definition of Modernism

- Toward a Definition of Modernism Lawrence B. Gamache’s article “Toward a Definition of Modernism” encapsulates in its title the challenges critics meet in their attempts to formulate a coherent theoretical modernist model, though the quintessential modernist works –even at the time of this 1987 article – are over sixty years old. Indeed, the sheer number of scholarly books and articles that discuss or contribute to the debate surrounding the definition of modernism indicates the extent to which modernism is a term whose only non-contentious consensus is that it its meaning is fraught with ambiguity....   [tags: Modernism Opera Literature Essays]

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Post Modernism and Architecture

- Post Modernism and Architecture If one were to walk around and casually ask five people what post modernism was they would probably get five different answers or none at all. It is one of those indefinable academic terms that applies to many different fields of study. Most people seem to understand what it means individually but few agree collectively. To make matters even more complicated, it is often used in discussions about deconstruction. "To some Post Modernism is an excuse to pile together oodles of wild and crazy decor, to others it is another example of the weakness of standards and values....   [tags: Architecture Post Modernism Architects Essays]

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Modernism and New Criticism

- Modernism and New Criticism The ways in which we define the importance of texts is constantly changing. We can look back and see critical theories used, such as Historical Criticism, Reader-Response Criticism and Psychoanalytic Criticism. Each of these theories offers a different way to interpret a text. However, when looking back over the texts of a specific era, shouldn’t the type of criticism we used for a book be based on that time period. Defining the Modernist Era of literature seems almost impossible, since the definition of modernism often seems to constitute anything from being “new and common” to “new and uncommon” (Barzun)....   [tags: Modernism New Criticism Literature Essays]

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Modernism and Experience

- When seeking to describe or analyze Modernist literature, and the Modernist era as a whole, it is essential to keep in mind that these writers were challenging many core beliefs regarding being, both in relation to one’s self, as well as in the external world. Out of the many things Modernist literature does, one of the arguable contentions is that Modernity seeks to collapse the idea that the external and internal are separate. In modern writing, writers such as Joyce and Woolf make a move to disrupt traditional literary forms to push the concepts of truth, belief, and knowledge through the synthesis of experience in the visceral/physical world....   [tags: Modernist Era, Literature]

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Operatic Modernism

- Operatic Modernism The profound modernist ruptures of the 20th Century questioned, displaced, and reconfigured the way humanity regards itself. Within the fine arts, literature, architecture, and music, artistic revolutions occurred at an unprecedented rate and, within the rubric of modernism, deliberately broke with the bases of Western art, culture and society. While working within the operatic institution, Strauss' Salome, Weill's Die Dreigroschenoper, and Berg's Wozzeck profoundly challenge the generic conventions of the operatic tradition....   [tags: Opera Modernism Music Essays]

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An Examination of Modernism with Reference to Several Works of Art

- The terms 'modern', 'modernity' and 'modernism' are commonly used to specify a break in history, marking a definition between the present and the past, between the fashionable and the out of date, and carry as part of their meaning an almost criticism of tradition. By calling himself a 'modernist', the artist is instantly free to work on a clean plate, without the limitations of tradition with its set of rules or its fixed criteria. It is commonly thought that the Modernist movement was only properly established during the late nineteenth Century, being triggered by ground breaking developments in the areas of science, technology and the economic market....   [tags: Modernism's History, Modernity]

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Defining Post-Modernism

- Defining Post-Modernism In trying to define exactly what post-modernism is I shall firstly briefly consider some of the events and thinking that led up to the development of this particular school of social theory. I shall then consider some of the common strands of thinking in postmodernism concentrating mainly on the writings of Jean-Francois Lyotard and Jean Baudrillard. I shall then consider the view of David Harvey, a Marxist many consider to be writing in the postmodern tradition, who argues that post-modernism is just another form of capitalism....   [tags: Definition post Modernism]

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Modernism versus Post-Modernism

- Modernism versus Post-Modernism Modernism explains science as the process of learning and that everything needs to be tested and measured in order to be truth and reality. Modernists believe that knowledge and expertise will ultimately solve problems and seek progression. Educators’ value discipline and order in their classroom and their goal is to measure the input and output of examinations by completing standardized testing. They look to create learners who strive to think analytically and critically....   [tags: Education, History]

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Individualism in Modernism

- American Modernism was a period of time between 1900 and 1960 when new ideas in art, music, and literature emerged as America transitioned into a booming urban nation. These ideas shifted the way people thought and acted, and sparked new ways of writing. A concept very important to Literary Modernism is individualism. Individualism regards the beliefs, needs, well being, and accomplishments of a single person over those of other individuals and of society. This ties into the Modernist theme of valorization of the individual....   [tags: avant-gard trends in literature]

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Modernism in Australia

- The introduction of modernism to Australia is a more complex phenomenon than previously thought. Choose an aspect of Modernism, either Cubism or Surrealism or Expressionism or Modernist Design and Architecture and chart their development in Australia by focusing on the work of two artists, designers or architects. The Modernist movement in Australia is inspired by the European avant-garde. In the mid-1910s, the first wave of modernism is felt through the influx of migrants, exhibitions and expatriates....   [tags: Comparison: Gleeson and Nolan]

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The Modernism Movement

- Modernism started as a movement around late 19th and 20th centuries. It rejected the conventional forms of art, architecture, literature, religious faith, social organisation and everyday life as they felt it was incompatible with the new economical, social and political conditions that was emerging at that period of time. Many distinctive styles can be defined as modernist, but majority of them had very similar values and theories on different aspects of society. It gave birth to a whole array of art, cultural and political movements....   [tags: Art History]

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Katherine Mansfield's Modernist Innovations

- The short story has invariably become regarded as a conservative form of literature given its often rigid, and basic plot dimensions focused on narrow plot and character development. However, with different writers come different experimentations within the short story. This is especially true with the modernism movement in mind. One modernist writer in particular, Katherine Mansfield, was indeed conscious of the possibilities that existed within the form of the short story as is evidenced in The Garden Party and Other Stories, Mansfield’s most prolific collection of short stories....   [tags: short story, modernism, women modernist]

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War and Modernism

- During World War I, many poems were written on the horrors both heard of and encountered first hand. Some poets, like William Butler Yeats, did not experience the war by themselves yet still choose to write about it; others, like Wilfred Owen, were part of the dreadful war and were urged by their memories to start writing (Academy of American Poets). Both were part of the modernist movement, of which Yeats is often regarded as one of the founders. Modernism was a movement that outstretched literature and poetry, yet provided a new amount of freedom for war poets, as it allowed them to express themselves in the modernist fashion of free forms and room for criticism on the modern world (Matter...   [tags: World War I, poets, world history]

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What is Modernism?

- Modernism is the breaking of tradition that includes the embracement of racial, class, and gender struggles for knowledge about the senselessness and alienation of the time. Within earlier literature, women had always been regarded with contempt by a male-dominated society – a society that was more inclined to treat women as complacent to men in their lives rather than as individuals. However, literature around the rise of the modernist movement in the early 20th century depicted women as individuals of who insisted on their rights and choices....   [tags: Embracement, Racial, Class, Gender Struggles]

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Preludes and Modernism

- Modernism is a terminology given by historians to literature movement around late nineteenth century. It is a movement in the arts which purpose is to produce art different traditional forms. Its literature aim is to criticize problems of their world. They use specific characteristics implicitly and explicitly; implicitly to send messages to each other or to educated people in authority or explicitly to influence public opinions. “We are talking about two chronologies. One is the sequence of texts; the other is the sequence of intellectual movements....   [tags: Sociology]

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Modernism in Literature

- The turn of the 20th century conveyed revolution in psychological, social, and philosophical thought. It was time for something neoteric. It was time to break out of the mundane tradition. This time of revolution conceded men, such as Charles Darwin, Karl Marx, and Sigmund Freud, to rise to fame with their radical and cutting edge theories. Also, women were exasperated of their modeled roles in society. They sought to be independent, they longed to have the ability to vote, and most of all, they wanted legal equality....   [tags: Literature ]

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Difference of Modernism and Post Modernism

- Modernism and Post Modernism Have you ever wondered what the differences are between the modernism and post modernism. It seems like it would be easy to describe what they are by the words and what they are usually associated with. Yet, it’s actually a lot different then your thinking. Modernism is the movement in visual arts, music, literature, and drama, which rejected the old Victorian standards of how art should be made, consumed, and what it should mean. Modernists want the absolute truth in everything....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Modernism versus Modernismo

- Modernism versus Modernismo Both Modernism and Modernismo were movements around the turn of the 20th century which caused cultural upheaval and renovation in times where the society was, or needed to be, changing. Modernism took place throughout Europe and in the United States, while Modernismo was a Latin American movement. The two movements share several general characteristics, but were, without a doubt, two separate and distinct movements, and should not be confused. Therefore, it is useful to clarify the causes, characteristics, and effects of each movement, comparing their similarities and contrasting their differences....   [tags: Hispanic Literature Essays]

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The Similarities between Romanticism and Modernism

- Many may argue that the Modernist movement was a completely new and unique movement within British literature. The goal of this paper is to determine whether or not the Modernist Literary Movement was completely unique or not. The similarities found in the works of Modernist authors and poets, such as Joseph Conrad and Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), will be examined against Romanticism themes and authors such as William Wordsworth. What will be found is that Modernism is not a completely unique movement, but one that combines elements from previous literary movements....   [tags: literary movement analysis]

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Modernism: The Affluential and the Destructive

- In the early 20th century, modernist writers broke free of the consistent pattern on the themes of religion, marriage, and family values, branching out with their actual opinions and observations on society, making more readers aware of the corruption of the traditional morality in America. It became evident that the American people were placing lust, wealth, and material prosperity over their marital vows and traditional values. This idea of amorality is noticeably identified in the literary works, The Great Gatsby, by F....   [tags: litearay movements]

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Modernism at Its Finest in Literature

- ... In Fitzgerald’s, The Great Gatsby, published in 1925, the American dream is perceived originally by the thought of discovery and the pursuit of happiness. Money, parties, and relaxed social views came with ease to the American people in the 1920s. However, Fitzgerald demonstrates how the American soldiers return home from the war in a state of delusion and the sense of the American dream is tarnished with the luxury of money and glamour. As Gatsby realizes that the glamour of the parties and idealness of his love for Daisy is unworthy and foolish, the dream is shattered and taken away from him....   [tags: wealth, american dream, pain]

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Marcel Breuer : A Master Of Modernism

- Marcel Breuer A Master in Modernism 1902 - 1981 Contents MODERNISM BAUHAUS FURNITURE ARCHITECTURE LIFE & WORK BIBLIOGRAPHY & CREDITS Modernism Modernism gained form circa 1850, it proposed “new forms of art on the grounds that these were more appropriate to the (present) time. It is therefore characterised by constant innovation and a rejection of conservative values such as the realistic depiction of the world. This has led to experiments with form and to an emphasis on processes and materials....   [tags: Bauhaus, Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer]

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Modernism And Its Impact On The Environment

- ... As long as there are people given the opportunity to innovate, some will focus on and ultimately solve the concern of climate change. The issue of climate change would be dealt with by a technological solution such as pumping dust particles into the atmosphere to simulate the spraying of volcanic ash. This was an idea though of by an engineer because it is known that following these episodes the suns ray are blocked more and thus, the earth is cooled considerably. Another piece of the solution is the engineering of new renewable “green” energy sources such as solar panels, windmills, and geothermal energy....   [tags: Greenhouse gas, Climate change, Human]

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Modernism in Latin America

- Latin America is a region of happiness and hatred, but most of all, Latin America is a place of history and change. Like many movements in history there is a rise and fall, the meaning of modernism in the Latin Americas enhances our understanding of humanities because it gives us a better understanding of human experiences at the time and it gives the viewer a sense of connection with those who have come before them. Of those people two of them can otherwise be known as Rubén Darío and José Martí....   [tags: Ruben Darío, José Martí]

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The Study of Modernism and Globalization

- Many authors have tried to understand the world as it is today, through the study of modernity and globalisation. Appadurai, an Indian sociologist, has defined globalisation as “a new industrial revolution driven by powerful information and communication technologies which has barely begun” (2006:35). Its effects are dramatically different depending on geopolitical situations, peoples and countries. For the wealthiest countries it is a source of an ever increasing profit, whether it is culturally, economically, or financially speaking....   [tags: modern violence, modern world, insecurity]

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Compatibility of Modernism and Traditionalism

- The Bible is one of the most influential books in human history. It has survived through numerous attempts to destroy it and all it represents. It has been interpreted different ways throughout the years but two of the most important modes of interpretation are the Traditionalist and Modernist views. The Traditionalist perspective has existed for centuries and originated almost as soon as the Bible itself. Modern biblical scholarship’s rise has been more recent, being led by Charles Briggs in the past few centuries....   [tags: bible, sects, interpretation]

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Modernism - Rebellion and Sexuality

- Michael Levenson said in The Cambridge Companion to Modernism that Modernism fiction was “involved in the radical modern departure, across all of the arts, from representational verisimilitudei”. It was stylistically and thematically focused on rebellion against the way art was presented in the past and what its main focus was. D. H. Lawrence was from a working class background and was always conscious of his status as an outsider because of his class. In his writing he focused on the idea of transgressing modern class systems in the search of new experiences....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The New Idea of Modernism

- In the time after World War One a new way of thinking became prominent. This new idea is what we call Modernism. After the war it was realized that many people had suffered absolute horrors, ones that they never could have imagined, or ever forget. The violence and pain witnessed by so many left them psychologically shell-shocked, and filled with disillusionment. These psychological effects would soon alter the world for years to come, and lead many to a loss in faith and questioning of everything they once believed true....   [tags: Philosophy ]

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Elements of Post-Modernism in Literature

- Post modernism is a very difficult concept to define. A French philosopher once defined post modernism as an "incredulity toward all meta narratives," which basically means a skeptical attitude toward all claims of absolute truth. Post modern writers use elements and techniques that provoke the reader to question their reading experience and scrutinize their own personal understanding of life and the values of their society. There are excellent examples of post modern writers using elements of post modern writing, such as irony, magic realism and fragmentation in the short stories read in Ms....   [tags: magic realism, irony, fragmentation, ]

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Power, Discourse and Post Modernism

- . Power, discourse and post modernism are key to cultural studies due to the fact that they create and construct cultural and social realities, as well as they construct and produce the identities of the subjects within these realities. Power and discourse dictate what is possible and what is not as well as they endeavour to restrict the movement of individual agents by making them adhere to norms and standards this directly contradicts discourses pertaining to freedom. When regarding this as a certain truth within reality one must question whether individuals are merely subjects of power and discourse, or whether they are agents of it, as well as whether individuals can empower themselves w...   [tags: Cultural, Truth]

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Modernism and The Uzbek Culture

- In the modern world, being a culturally defined Uzbek is quite hard for me. I often ask myself what it means to me to be part of an Uzbek culture. To my dismay, I don’t quite feel like I’m an Uzbek person anymore. Having been away for too long, my Uzbek language has deteriorated, and my cultural values have undergone both a plastic and internal surgery. It is quite shocking to realize how acutely and noticeably I have lost touch with my Uzbek-ness, while my flight to modernism and the subsequent inadvertent cultural detachment have prevailed more and more sharply in contrast....   [tags: beliefs, tradition, anciet cultures]

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William Butler Yeats: Modernism

- William Butler Yeats: Modernism William Butler Yeats is an Irish poet from the nineteenth century. William Butler Yeats was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1865. He was educated in both Dublin and London, and he wrote his first verse in 1877 (nobelprize.org). He wrote many poems during his lifetime, and is thought to be the most influential poet of his era. He was very influential in the Modernism era. William Butler Yeats was one of the most famous poets from the nineteenth century. Even though William Butler Yeats wrote both Victorian and Modernistic literature, he still had a large impact on the modernistic style....   [tags: dublin ireland, irish poet, death]

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Modern and Post-Modernism Architecture

- There is often some confusion when people start talking about the post-modernism and modernism in architecture in terms of  their philosophical terminology differences. Modern architecture is known for its minimalism (Linder, 2004); buildings were functional and economical rather than comfortable and beautifully decorated. The post-modernism architecture, however, is called a “neo-eclectic, significantly assuming the role of a regeneration of period styles for designing houses, and a never-ending variety of forms and characteristics, asymmetrical designs for commercial buildings” (Fullerton Heritage, 2008)....   [tags: Architecture, compare, contrast]

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Varying Styles In Modernism

- During the twentieth century a new term came to be used in classifying literature and it was called modernism. Modernism is not easily summoned up with one or two characteristics because, two writers could have varying styles and still be modernist. T.S. Elliot and William Carlos Williams are a perfect example of the varying styles in modernism. The reason these two may have differed from each other so strongly could be related to their different backgrounds. With all the variations in style and in topics written about how can modernism be summed up properly....   [tags: literature, social, ideals]

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Modernism and Dylan Thomas

- The early to mid 1900s was a time of great and rapid change, known as Modernism. The period demonstrated drastic deviations in “viewing and interacting with the world” (“Modernism”-Literature Periods and Movements). This cultural movement exhibited the breaking away from Victorian morals. Some of the Victorian morals that Modernism rejected were the belief in a single way at viewing the world, the idea that every person has a certain role in life, and the division of society into groups: “civilized” and “savage”....   [tags: victorian morals, consciousness and repetition]

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T.S. Eliot and Modernism

- The modernist writers of the twentieth century produced works of poetry and prose which were unique to the form. The writing style of modernism was unprecedented and reflective of the socio-political events of the period. T.S Eliot was a pre-eminent figure in modernism publishing many important works of prose and poetry in his lifetime. “Eliot forged a style of aggressively fragmentary, urban poetry, full of indelicate, ‘unpoetic’ images and diction” (OXFORD BRITLIT) Eliot’s “The Love Song of J....   [tags: Literary Techniques]

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Modernism and Virginia Woolf

- ... The most innovative and creative part of the novel consists of the subjective experience of the protagonist ‘Clarissa’ and other central characters of the novel over a single day; hereby, the reader has right to enter the thought of characters which implicitly engages her/him to make own perception of characters by existing in their minds. Woolf describes this literary style in her essay “Modern Fiction” and writes: “Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall, let us trace the pattern, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness”....   [tags: consciousness, reality]

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Post Modernism in Architecture

- An architect’s goal is to design appropriately to the time. In the mid to late twentieth century post-modernist such as Venturi found the purism and oversimplification of modernism lacking. Venturi recognized that the world is not simple in nature, but full of complexity and contradictions. Post-modernists aim for an implicit richness of meaning through complexity and contradiction rather than an oversimplified blatant clarity of meaning. A building is basically comprised of a variety of paradoxes, such as outdoor and indoor, primary spaces and secondary space and so on....   [tags: contradictions, design, complexity]

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Understanding Modernism

- Quite honestly, the collective works of Modernists across the globe are probably some of the most difficult pieces to understand. For example, let us take a look at the work of Gertrude Stein, the most frustrating author you will ever meet. Her pieces are filled with the ideas that made Modernists famous, but she is so motivated to be a Modernist that it seems as if she has taken those ideas to the extreme level. For example, her poem A SOUND. reads as thus: “A SOUND. Elephant beaten with candy and little pops and chews all bolts and reckless reckless rats, this is this” (Stein 259)....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Modernism in The Metamorphoses

- Modernism in The Metamorphoses The modernist movement in literature began around the turn of the century and createda dramatic change in the way that author's viewed their work. The new breed of writers were extremely affected by the new perception of the world and our place as human beings in it. WWII was on the verge of beginning, and the literary world was expressing their fears and attitudes toward their impending doom through their writings. Modernism has a few key themes that Franz Kafka follows throughout his piece, "The Metamorphosis." One of the most common themes among popular modernist literature are the rejection of literary tradition through experimentation...   [tags: Ovid Metamorphoses Essays]

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Aesthetic of Modernist Cinema

- Standing Out in a Crowd: The Aesthetic of Modernist Cinema 2 Among the large objects, such as vast plains or panoramas of any kind, one deserves special attention: the masses. No doubt imperial Rome already teemed with them. But masses of people in the modern sense entered the historical scene only in the wake of the industrial revolution. Then they became a social force of first magnitude. Warring nations resorted to levies on an unheard-of scale and identifiable groups yielded to the anonymous multitude which filled the big cities in the form of amorphous crowds....   [tags: American Modernism]

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Modernism And Its Impact On The 21st Century

- ... Technological advances such as the telephone were introduced, abstract art was accepted, and free- flowing jazz was born. Not only was the Modernist movement a time to introduce a more innovative and urban lifestyle to the American culture, but also a time when women and Africans began to express themselves through the arts. Many famous artists and writers introduced during this time were either women or people of African decent, especially many renowned jazz artists. Jazz is known for being a mixture of both the African and European culture, which portrays America’s steps towards separation from European tradition....   [tags: Jazz, Music, Music genre, Blues]

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Modernism Brought Much Change into the World

- ... ​During this movement there were European modern poets and English language modern poets. An influencing English language poet during the time of modernism that caught my attentions was the various works of Langston Hughes. Langston Hughes was recognized as a very important poet during his time, a time known as the “Harlem Renaissance”. This was a time were a lot of black poets were emerging. Hughes believed that everyone under the same race could live together, which became a downfall during this time....   [tags: character, industrial revolution, poety]

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Neoclassicism Vs. Modernism

- Igor Stravinsky makes for a first-class example of differences and similarities between neoclassicism and modernism. Modernism is defined as “A term used in music to denote a multi-faceted but distinct and continuous tradition within 20th-century composition”1, while neoclassicism may be defined as “A movement of style in the works of certain 20th-century composers, who, particularly during the period between the two world wars, revived the balanced forms and clearly perceptible thematic processes of earlier styles to replace what were, to them, the increasingly exaggerated gestures and formlessness of late Romanticism”2 By not only comparing his works to others but within his own body of...   [tags: Music Analysis ]

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Modernism: Mikhail Bakunin

- As the second wave of industrialization and imperialism boomed, it brought forth a new way of thinking. This way of thinking was to be known as modernism, and it affected spheres of life from politics to psychology. This new modernism marked a change from the old Enlightenment values or the recently declining Romanticist ideals. One such modernist, Mikhail Bakunin exemplified the political aspect of modernism through his revolutionary belief of anarchism and his radical actions in order to promote his beliefs....   [tags: anarchism, equality, freedom]

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Henrik Ibsen: The Father of Modernism in Theatre

- Henrik Ibsen: The Father of Modernism in Theatre Rank, deadly pessimistic, a disease, evil to be deprecated (Bordman and Hischak 1). Who would have thought such words would be used to describe the work of the man who swept modernism into theatre. Henrik Ibsen’s life was not one to envy. The shame the surrounded his childhood and seeped into his adulthood greatly impacted his writing. Infusing his plays with highly controversial themes, which lacked the current sunny air of Victorian values which Europe held in such a high regard, which led him to make a lasting impact on theatre....   [tags: Biography]

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Modernism in the Late 19th and 20th Centuries

- The late 19th and 20th centuries were full of various technological innovations and major social upheavals. From the conflicts brought by a world at war to the booming revolutions of industry, civilization had gotten quite a boost. This led to new ways of creative expression, in both visual art and literature, that broke the binds of tradition and classical design. The term Modernism can characterize a broad array of styles and techniques, but it encompasses the same core ideals and principals that allows a piece to be easily identified as a Modernist work....   [tags: art, architecture, literature]

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Examples of Modernism in Fitzgerald's Great Gatsby

- Great Gatsby Essay The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald shows many examples of modernism. Fitzgerald shows many modernism techniques like loss of control, alienation, corruption of the American Dream, breaking society’s rules and feeling restless. Fitzgerald also shows modernism through the fragmented writing. One example of a modernism technique that Fitzgerald uses is loss of control. The characters often lose control and make bad decisions that have horrible effects....   [tags: literary analysis, english literature]

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The Influence of Modernism of New Theories of the Self

- This essay seeks to discuss the influence on modernism of new theories of the self, with reference to The life and Death of Harriet Frean and to relevant works of theory from the period. It is the purpose of this work to achieve this by conversing on memory, spiritual and physical dualism with final assertions on identity. Lastly the conclusion will emphasise the points made in the text. Pete A. Y. Gunter’s comment, on French psychologist Pierre Janet, can be employed to describe the regressive memory theme in The Life and Death of Harriet Frean....   [tags: Sociology ]

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Zarathustra's Three Metamorphoses, Applied to Modernism

- The 1859 publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species had dramatic consequences, among them the creation of doubt about God’s place in a world where species independently evolve and continually change. Darwin had not merely questioned God; he had shaken one of the core Christian beliefs: that God had created a flawless and unchanging earth. When Darwin’s ideas were not scientifically disproven, the basis of Christianity itself was called into question. That questioning continued as scientific discovery advanced....   [tags: God, Godlessness, Values, Darwin]

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Pre-Modernism Themes Showcased In Literature

- The traumatic events of World War 1 made many writers re-evaluate their views of society which then translated into their works. The themes used in works by writers like Sherwood Anderson, Robert Frost, and Ernest Hemingway reveal the extent of trauma the war had on the human psyche. Loss of communication, disillusioned characters, and personal alienation are a few of the major themes that are displayed in the writings of a lot of authors during this period. This essay will examine the use of the literary modernism themes mentioned above in Robert Frost’s “Home Burial,” Sherwood Anderson’s “Hands,” and Ernest Hemingway’s “The Killers.” Robert Frost uses the loss of communication as a sign...   [tags: traumatic events, world war I]

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Karl Marx 's Analytical Comprehension Of Modernism

- ... Capital Volume 1, Volume 3, Critique of the Gotha Programme and18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon. Through these works, Marx wished to show society that if they wish to evolve past Pre-modernism and into Modernism, it would require reform and both a social and economic scale. Karl Marx recognizes capitalism as nothing more than a reformed and renamed version of a pre-modernist society, which lead him a few critiques of Capitalism, specifically as a claimed movement of modernism. A primary mode of production for Capitalism comes from the exploitation of the working class....   [tags: Karl Marx, Marxism, Communism, Socialism]

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Modernism in Visual Art and Writing

- Modernism in Visual Art and Writing Modernism is unlike any other form of art the preceded it. It began in the late nineteenth century. Modernism is anti-traditional and against the rules. It is about looking for new things instead of accepting the old. Innovation and creation are important aspects of Modernism. It is introspective and subjective. Modernism includes a wide variety of different perspectives and multiple ways of doing things. There is no simple order in Modern works....   [tags: Art Theory Essays]

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Modernism In The Great Gatsby

- INTRODUCTION What is real. In a modernist point of view the world shouldn't be called reality. But if the world isn't reality what is it then. What is reality in modernism. Modernism is a rejection of realism, which believed that science will save the world and where notion of science and social determinism is idealized. In modernism, science explains everything, which took away all the power of God, He became useless. In a way, life had lost its mystery, man, not God, could rule the world. Irving Howe, a literary critic, once talked about modernism as an "unyielding rage against the existing order"....   [tags: F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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Modernism

- Modernism “An inclination to subjective distortion to point up the evanescence of the social world of the nineteenth century bourgeoisie.” -Barth, “Literature of Replenishment” (www.iath.virginia.edu/elab/hfl0255.html) Modernism was rebellion against not only the repressive principles of the Victorian era but also the emergence of the fast-changing, materialistic corporate society. The period preceding modernism held up Victorian virtues, which accepted the worldview of everything being ordered, neat, stable, and meaningful....   [tags: Literature Literary Essays]

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Modernism in T.s. Eliots's the Wasteland

- Modernism in T.S. Eliot's "The Wasteland" Modernism has been defined as a rejection of traditional 19th-century norms, whereby artists, architects, poets and thinkers either altered or abandoned earlier conventions in an attempt to re-envision a society in flux. In literature this included a progression from objectivist optimism to cynical relativism expressed through fragmented free verse containing complex, and often contradictory, allusions, multiple points of view and other poetic devices that broke from the forms in Victorian and Romantic writing, as can be seen in T.S....   [tags: Poetry]

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Modernism

- Modernism Modernism is defined in Merriam-Webster's Dictionary as "a self-conscious break with the past and a search for new forms of expression." While this explanation does relate what modernism means, the intricacies of the term go much deeper. Modernism began around 1890 and waned around 1922. Virginia Wolf once wrote, "In or about December, 1910, human character changed." (Hurt and Wilkie 1443). D.H. Lawrence wrote a similar statement about 1915: "It was 1915 the old world ended." (Hurt and Wilkie 1444)....   [tags: Comparative Literature Essays Papers]

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Modernism and the Modern Novel

- Modernism and the Modern Novel ============================== The term modernism refers to the radical shift in aesthetic and cultural sensibilities evident in the art and literature of the post-World War One period. The ordered, stable and inherently meaningful world view of the nineteenth century could not, wrote T.S. Eliot, accord with "the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history." Modernism thus marks a distinctive break with Victorian bourgeois morality; rejecting nineteenth-century optimism, they presented a profoundly pessimistic picture of a culture in disarray....   [tags: English Literature]

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Modernism's Lamentation And Postmodernism's Celebration

- Modernism's Lamentation and Postmodernism's Celebration While each movement claims its own name and set of authors, the characteristics of the literary postmodernist period are quite similar to those of the literary modernist movement, and their differences are more those of attitude than of form. Modernism and postmodernism strongly emphasize a new standard which distances and rejects the romantic period's ideas of how art should be created and how one should perceive art. Annie Dillard's Holy the Firm and Virginia Woolf's "An Unwritten Novel" are both excellent examples of the modern and postmodern literary movements, and can be used to illustrate their general similarities and subtle dif...   [tags: Literature]

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Definition Of Modernism In Fiction

- Definition of Modernism in Fiction Modernism, in literature, can be seen as a shift in focus to the unassociated introspective reflection of characters in such texts as Go Tell It On The Mountain, by James Baldwin, Miss Lonelyhearts, by Nathanael West and The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger. This is a revision from the previous focal point of exterior events and places in correlation with the character’s reflections. Emphasis is placed on review upon feelings and thoughts, and even conversations with oneself, as opposed to the more directly event-driven reflections in texts of the pre-modernist era....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Modernism in Forster's A Passage to India

- Modernism in Forster's A Passage to India       When considering the novels of E.M. Forster, it is natural to recall the reserved landscapes of the Merchant and Ivory cinematic versions. Gauzy images - green hills, languorous boat rides, tender embraces - these impressions, cousins, really, to Jane Austen's plots and settings, are remembered as period pieces seldom associated with the literary experimentation of Virginia Woolf or the winsome angst of the lost War poets. It seems - does it not....   [tags: Forster Passage to India Essays]

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Modernism

- The modernist period in British and Irish literature was one of the most important and exciting times in literary history. The term modernist stemmed from the beginning of the 20th century labelled the modern period. The modern period was a time of confusion and transitions, mostly due to the result of people returning from World War I. The modern period was an era of massive unemployment and technological changes. Freud, Jung, and Marx were redefining human identity, Assembly lines and factories were being introduced, and gender differences were starting to crumble....   [tags: European Literature]

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Towards a New and Integrated Language: A Rejection of Post-Modernism

- The term post-modernism has gradually become popular with music commentaries since the phrase was first coined in the early mid 1960's. It was adopted as a way of explaning the rise of so called 'populist' music in the era of the avant garde. The history of the term can be traced to the upsurge in parodying the past in art and architecture and was thought to be a new aesthetic which would eventually replace modernism. In music, this apparently new aesthetic was first represented by composers like Rochberg who were disaffected with serialism and a so called allienation between the composer and the audience by modernist music....   [tags: language, post-modern,]

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Modernism: Hills Like White Elephants, by Ernest Hemingway

- The art, literature, and poetry of the early 20th century called for a disruption of social values. Modernism became the vague term to describe the shift. The characteristics of the term Modernism, all seek to free the restricted human spirit. It had no trust in the moral conventions and codes of the past. One of the examples of modernism, that breaks the conventions and traditions of literature prior to Modernism, is Ernest Hemingway’s short story “Hills Like White Elephants”. The short story uses plot, symbolism, setting, dialogue, and a new style of writing to allow human spirit to experiment with meaning and interpretation....   [tags: Hills Like White Elephants Essays]

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Revised Paper On German Modernism

- The Significance of Modernity Throughout time, nations have attempted to become independent from one another by discovering means, which would help their citizens experience more fulfilling lives. The dilemma that troubled each of these countries is whether or not innovations, in technology and society, led to a higher quality of life. Modris Eckstein and Marshall Berman examine both, the damages and benefits of modernity. Eckstein looks at individual changes that lead to the overall acceptance of modernity....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Search for Innocence in American Modernism

- Search for Innocence in American Modernism      American Literature from its very beginning has been centered around a theme of innocence. The Puritans wrote about abandoning the corruption of Europe to find innocence in a new world. The Romantics saw innocence and power in nature and often wrote of escaping from civilization to return to nature. After the Civil War, however, the innocence of the nation is challenged. The Realists focused on the loss of innocence and in Naturalist works innocence is mostly gone....   [tags: Literature Essays Literary Criticism]

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Early 20th Century Eugenics as part of Modernism

- As the sun was setting on the 19th century, a new theory, called eugenics was just beginning to rise. Eugenics is the idea that human mental, moral, temperamental and physiological traits are passed down through generations, and that society should attempt to foster the reproduction of those with favorable traits and discourage or eliminate those with less than favorable traits. In the early parts of the 20th century, eugenics was put into practice across the rich world. This increase, not only in popularity but in application is best viewed when part of the greater context of modernity....   [tags: Eugenics]

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African American Literature : Realism, Naturalism, And Modernism Period

- ... Throughout African American literature in general, there are similarities in the overall themes of stories and poems in which many African Americans can relate to within all three time periods. From the Naturalistic era, Richard Wright wrote a story titled The ethics of living Jim Crow. To no surprise, this story entails of the struggles black men had to endure in the workforce under Jim Crow laws. The first line which says, “My first lesson in how to live as a Negro came when I was quite small.”, sets the tone for the overall message of the story....   [tags: African American, Black people, White people, Race]

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Ulysses, Modernism, and Myth: An Exploration of the Modernist Approach to Mythology

- Upon first reading Ulysses by James Joyce, it may seem as though Joyce is creating chaos, but to read this text without looking deeper into it does not do it justice. Each word on the page is significant to understanding the novel as a whole, and it is when one reads the text with this in mind that its true significance emerges. It also helps to have knowledge of Homer’s epic the Odyssey. Without at least some familiarity with the original epic poem, Ulysses becomes impossible to fully grasp. The other tool to understanding it is familiarity with Modernist thought and theory, as framed in the wake of World War I....   [tags: ancient, modern, authors]

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The Modernist Attributes of C.L.R. James’s Minty Alley

- The Modernist Attributes of C.L.R. James’s Minty Alley Born in Trinidad and later expatriating himself first to London and then the United States, C.L.R. James was a key figure of the West Indian literary scene during the 1930s. Today he is primarily associated with his nonliterary writings in sociology and politics, and his fiction seems to have dropped from critical attention. Part of this shortsightedness stems from the fact that little of his fiction is readily available to a reading public in this country....   [tags: Gender Sexuality Modernism Essays]

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The Rise of Post-Modernism: Divergent by Veronica Roth

- Being Divergent was not her choice, it was her fate. In the book Divergent by Veronica Roth, Beatrice “Tris” Prior has to go on an intriguing adventure to find herself. She is torn between finding herself through who she is, and who everyone else wants her to be. The book’s setting takes place in a dystopian version of present-day Chicago, where the people must be placed into factions based on who they are supposedly supposed to “be”. This shows how government control comes into terms with a Utopian-type society....   [tags: literature, dystopian lifestyle]

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Modernism’s Legacy in Today’s World

- Modernism’s Legacy in Today’s World The seeds sown by the Modernists nearly one hundred years ago can clearly be seen today, if you know what you are looking for. Nearly everything from the technology that comprises your computer to your world view can be attributed, at least in part, to the Modernists. Their values, ideas, and writings have transcended time and have stayed relevant in today’s society. All of which were inspired by the times: eminent destruction of individualism at the hands of factories, war, and technology....   [tags: Society, Hipsters, Individuality]

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Defining Modernism

- Defining Modernism Modernism described as movement in arts would best be described as a movement that was used to unit America after a period of crisis, it did this by it being centered on explorations into the spiritual nature of men and the value of his society and institutions. In a way it was like realism they too focused on the changes on society. The modernistic writers always wrote in a very formal defined form. Modernism also played a very important role as a movement in poetry. The way modernism did this was it brought so much more opportunity to the poet as a way of writing....   [tags: Definition Essays]

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German Modernism

- The Era of Modern Germany Throughout time, nations have attempted to become independent from one another by discovering means to help their citizens experience more fulfilling lives. The dilemma that troubled each of these countries is whether or not innovations, in technology and society, led to a higher quality of life. In the book, Rites of Spring, Modris Eksteins examines how innovation affected the citizens of Germany. Eksteins conveys that technological and industrial innovations paved the way for social transformations, throughout Germany....   [tags: essays research papers]

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