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  • American Influence On Modernism

    The United States reflected a loss of faith in traditional values and beliefs such as the American Dream during the modern artistic and cultural movement. Modernism originated in Europe and swept the United States at the turn of the 19th Century, having its core period between World War I and World War II, then continuing into the early 20th Century. During the modernist movement, citizens felt hidden behind the 19th Century Victorian Era history of art and literature in an entirety, causing them to lose trust in their own powers and potential. The literary movement came about due to the sudden and unexpected break from traditional ways of viewing and interacting with the world. Modernism began rejecting conventional truths and figures of authority, and moved away from religion. Experimentation and individualism became virtues where in the past, they were often discouraged. This new outlook caused modernist authors from the Lost Generation as well as the Harlem Renaissance to rebel using traditional styles of poetry and text to express their new feelings and understandings of their time, as well as by a desire to turn around all traditional manners. The modernist literary movement was driven by warfare, new writing experiments, and the celebration of freedom. Warfare informed and inspired American literature writings and shocked the Western civilization as a whole during the modernist time period. These shocks…

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  • 19th Century American Modernism

    The French revolution period did, however, foster the emergence of Realism... An apprehension that the modern condition demanded new forms of representation had begun to emerge earlier in the nineteenth century with Romanticism.’ (Wood, P. 2012.p. 24). Advocates and practitioners of modernism such as art historian Stendhal emphasised a need for change to traditional academic representations of life, ‘the Romantic, in all the arts, is the man who represents people as they are today, and not as…

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  • Georgia O Keefe: An American Modernist

    Her work contains both abstraction and realism, no one style rules, a pivotal characteristic of modernists. Modernists unified under the search for identity rather than a specific artistic approach, constantly questioned what it meant to be American Modernists, and pioneered post World War II abstractionism. O’Keefe’s husband championed American Modernism in a circle of artists that he showcased in a circle of artists that he showcased, featured, and promoted at his gallery. No doubt her…

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  • Modernism Vs Postmodernism Essay

    While postmodernism dealt mainly in reality and what people perceived reality to be, modernism dealt with symbolism and exploring dreams. The difference between the two movements can be seen clearly when they are looked at together. The main difference between modernism and postmodernism is that the theoretical engagements that each movement had. Essentially postmodernists wanted to exceed any limits that modernism had set in place, they wanted to focus more on exploring cultural codes,…

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  • T. S. Eliot's Influence On American Literary History

    Author T.S. Eliot’s Influence on American Literary History Author T.S. Eliot, was an American-English poet, playwriter, literary critic, an editor and was a major contributor and leader of the Modernist movement in poetry. From his works like “The Waste Land” and then the what some call sequel “The Hollow Men,” Eliot’s style of writing not only had a huge influence on American literary history but also influenced many other writers such as Derek Walcott and Kamau Brathwaite. After reading some…

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  • Modernism In Erich Auerbach's Mimesis? Why?

    makes the prescient observation that “modernism seems at the heart of the new comparative literature in a way not seen since the final chapter of Erich Auerbach’s foundational text, Mimesis? Why?” (55). While she uses the term “new comparative literature,” she could have easily been asking why modernism plays such a vital role in “new world literature.” Her answer as to why these texts employ modernism is that they do so because it is viewed as a universalizing / homogenizing force, as well as…

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  • Anti-Modernism And Postmodern Art

    Postmodernism/ Modernism Modernist artists can be viewed as a new way of thinking that started in the 1860’s and ended in the 1970’s that sought to view art thru fresh eyes. Modern art focused on actual items in nature but sought to abstract it. Post-Modernism is almost the anti-modernism. It went to go against anything modernism stood for. Asking more questions than it answered postmodern artists sought to simplify and recreate past styles and converge low and high art into one. In this essay…

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  • Modern Architecture In America

    term "Modernism" refers to activities and creations of those who felt the traditional forms were becoming ill-fitted to their tasks and outdated in the new economic, social, and political environment of an emerging fully industrialized world. Modernists often use ideas and methods which are very different from those used in the past. The following essay includes a total of 6 readings which can be summarized into 3 categories: Modernism in European countries, Modernism in Soviet Russia and China,…

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  • The Death And Life Of Great American Cities Analysis

    As an activist, a thinker, and a writer, Jane Jacob observed patterns in the way cities were constructed in both physical and social aspects of their environments. For the first time in American history, a fresh and innovative, at the time radical, movement sprung up due to the observations and claims that Jacobs proposed in her book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. During the 1950’s, modernism had already become an established (and universally accepted) ethos in American city…

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  • Postmodernism Influence On American Culture

    The artistic movements of modernism and postmodernism had a major influence on American culture and society. This is evident in the modernist painting of Alfred Henry Maurer, as well as in the postmodernist art of Norman Rockwell. The poetry of Langston Hughes during the modernist era during the early twentieth century also had a major impact on American Culture through the revival of art in the Harlem Renaissance. Likewise, Richard Brautigan’s postmodernist approach to poetry was significant…

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