MODERNISM modernism a style or movement in the

MODERNISM modernism a style or movement in the arts that aims to

break with classical and traditional forms Prompted by development of industrial

societies, urbanization, responses to WWI Self-conscious and ironic; concerned with the processes and materials of artistic creation Rejection of realism reflects the desire to reshape, recreate, Re-examination of traditional; embracing

progress Modernist literature Response to: WWI Technology

Psychological Theory Increased capitalism Apparent decline of civilization Alienation and loneliness Modernist literature

Fiction written in first person Use of stream of consciousness, often with no

clear beginning, middle, end Increased use of irony and satire

Emphasis on impressionism and subjectivity how seeing and reading takes place rather than on what is perceived Blurring of distinctions between genres Emphasis on fragmented forms, discontinuous narratives

Art is self-conscious shows itself as something constructed and consumed Rejection of formal aesthetic theories Modernist: Ezra Pound Title: In a Station of the Metro

The apparition of these faces in the crowd; Petals on a wet, black bough. (an imagist poem, 1913 a clear image of faces as petals that brings together the urban world of the Paris Metro with the world of leaves and trees suggests

fragility and brevity of life)

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