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What constitutes Modernism in literature? Show more Show less
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In the 19th to early 20th century, Modernism heralded a radical transformation of culture. With its renewed outlook of a post-industrial, post-WW1 society, past beliefs and styles were rejected in favour of the ‘new’. Literary Modernism is characterised by innovative literary techniques such as stream of consciousness, interior monologue and multiple viewpoints which reflect an interest in psychology and human nature. Despite its prominence the movement is notoriously hard to define. So, what elements make up Modernist literature?

A focus on the individual Show more Show less

Modernist voices care less about society, and other people, instead honing in on the individual perspective. In this way they reject national values and ‘the greater good’ by manifesting the cynicism and uncertainty of a new generation trying to make sense of the world.
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Alienation and Isolation

Struggling for individuality in an age of industrialised urban living, writers expressed a loss of self, feeling like an outsider within society.
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