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Title: Modernism in American Literature 1914 -1945


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Modernism in American Literature 1914 -1945
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Post Modernism

2
MODERNISM
  • A literary movement that reflected
    disillusionment with the American Dream and
    characterized by its experimentation with style
    and form

3
MODERNISM THE AMERICAN DREAM
  • America new Eden, promised land of unlimited
    resources. IDEALISM
  • Birthright to endless opportunities expectation
    of things continually getting better. OPTIMISM
  • All things possible for independent, self reliant
    INDIVIDUALISM who trust in his own powers and
    potentials

4
Traits of Modernism
  • Bold experimentation in style form reflecting
    the fragmentation of society
  • Rejection of traditional themes subjects
  • Sense of disillusionment loss of faith in the
    American Dream
  • Rejection of ideal of a hero
  • Interest in the inner workings of the human mind,
    expressed through new writing techniques such as
    stream of consciousness

5
Stream of Consciousness
  • Abandoned the usual format of writing following
    chronology, or time order. Instead it was meant
    to imitate moment-by-moment flow of a characters
    perceptions or memories.

6
The New Hero
  • A modern hero is a man of action, a warrior,
    and a tough competitor
  • He has a code of honor, courage, and endurance
  • Shows grace under pressure
  • Thoroughly disillusioned with life

7
MODERNISM effects of WORLD WAR I
  • turning point in American life
  • Marked the loss of innocence
  • Created a strong disillusionment with tradition
    (especially authors) the idea of the American
    Dream

8
Rejection of Traditional Beliefs
  • Prohibition, rather than foster traditional
    values, ushered in an age of bootleggers,
    speakeasies, cocktails, flappers, jazz music, and
    gangsters.
  • Womens liberation was huge during this period,
    ushering in womens right to vote.

9
Harlem Renaissance
  • African Americans contribution to American
    Literature
  • Characterized by ghetto speech and rhythms of
    jazz and blues in their works

10
Harlem Renaissance
  • African American culture found expression in
    poetry in two different ways
  • One was lyric poetry, easily accepted by white
    readers.
  • The other way was through lyric poetry expressed
    as jazz music.
  • This explosion of poetic expression is known as
    the Harlem Renaissance
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