Modernism period of American Literature - 1900-1946

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Content:

  • dominant mood: alienation and disconnection
  • people unable to communicate effectively
  • fear of eroding traditions and grief over loss of the past

Genre/Style:

  • highly experimental
  • allusions in writing often refer to classical Greek and Roman writings
  • use of fragments, juxtaposition, interior monologue, and stream of consciousness
  • writers seeking to create a unique style

Effect:

  • common readers are alienated by this literature

Historical Context:

  • overwhelming technological changes of the 20th Century
  • World War I was the first war of mass destruction due to technological advances
  • rise of the youth culture

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