Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Modernism: A List of Major Tendencies and Leanings

Below are some of the major formal tendencies and thematic leanings of the Modernist movement. Keep them in mind as we attempt to slog our way through the next couple of weeks.

Open Form
Free Verse
Discontinuous narrative
Classical allusions
Borrowings from other cultures and languages
Unconventional use of metaphor
Breakdown of social norms and cultural sureties
Dislocation of meaning and sense from its normal context
Valorization of the despairing individual in the face of an unmanageable future
Rejection of history and the substitution of a mythical past, borrowed without chronology
Product of the metropolis, of cities and urbanscapes
Stream of Consciousness
Overwhelming technological changes of the 20th Century

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