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Name : Rasila Jambucha 
Roll no: 22 
Paper: The Modernist literature 
Topic: General characteristic of modernist age 
Subm...
what is modernism? 
 strong and international break with tradition against 
established religious, political, social view...
Characteristic of modernism in literature 
 literature exhibits perspectives 
- meaning comes from the individuals perspe...
Modern age 
 totally opposite from Victorian age 
 believed in rational thinking 
 prose created the most(bitter satire...
General characteristic of modern age 
 Anxiety and interrogation 
-Freedom of thought and action, rational thinking 
 Ar...
 psychology and literature 
- new theory of psychology “stream of consciousness” 
 the impact of the two world wars 
- s...
Modern poetry – characteristic 
Open form 
Formal 
characteristic 
Free verse 
juxtaposition 
intertextuality 
metanarrati...
Dislocation 
of meaning 
Thematic 
characteristic 
disillusionmen 
t 
Substitution 
of mythical 
past 
Stream of 
consciou...
Modern Literature 
 has pessimism, disillusionment, melancholy, sense of 
fragmentation, scientific methodology, decay of...
it’s a example of scientific methodology 
and symbol
 this both example of decay of plot and 
character
Difference between Modern age and Victorian age
Difference between modern and Victorian 
modern Victorian
Modern age Victorian age 
Rejects old forms Acceptance of all forms 
realism imaginative 
meaninglessness superficial 
com...
Values differences in the modern world 
Pre modern world 
• Ordered 
• Meaningful 
• Optimistic 
• Stable 
• Faith 
• Mort...
conclusion 
 age of science and scientific discoveries 
Reconstruction of new values 
Because of political turmoil revo...
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General characteristic of Modernist Age

  1. 1. Name : Rasila Jambucha Roll no: 22 Paper: The Modernist literature Topic: General characteristic of modernist age Submitted to: Smt.s.b.Gardi Department of English M.K.Bhavnagar University
  2. 2. what is modernism?  strong and international break with tradition against established religious, political, social views  no connection with history or institution  no things as absolute truth-all are relative  people make their own meaning in the world Rise of mass communication Celebration of inner strength (It was) international and interdisciplinary movement
  3. 3. Characteristic of modernism in literature  literature exhibits perspectives - meaning comes from the individuals perspective  interiority is represented - inner psychology, stream of consciousness  perception of language change - language is “thick” with multiple meaning  emphasis on the experimental - open ending
  4. 4. Modern age  totally opposite from Victorian age  believed in rational thinking  prose created the most(bitter satire, scientific fiction, realistic)  world war first and second create chaotic situation in society, literature.  anti war literature and absurd theater  includes science and psychology –impact of colonialism  new term AVANT-GARDE introduce
  5. 5. General characteristic of modern age  Anxiety and interrogation -Freedom of thought and action, rational thinking  Art for art sake -concentration on the problem of modern life, role of realism  Growing interest in the poor class and the working class -(poor) challenge to the social conscience  impact of socio-economic condition on literature -raised voice against poverty, change the pattern of economic thinking, Marxism influence on literature
  6. 6.  psychology and literature - new theory of psychology “stream of consciousness”  the impact of the two world wars - second war has influence on man and human life, anti-war book  symbolism, formalism, individuality and absurdity  experimentation was one of the finest qualities of this age
  7. 7. Modern poetry – characteristic Open form Formal characteristic Free verse juxtaposition intertextuality metanarrative Classical allusion
  8. 8. Dislocation of meaning Thematic characteristic disillusionmen t Substitution of mythical past Stream of consciousnes s Breakdown of social norms Product of metropolis
  9. 9. Modern Literature  has pessimism, disillusionment, melancholy, sense of fragmentation, scientific methodology, decay of plot and character Eliot’s- waste land i.e., of ugly and broken society of western world because impact of world war
  10. 10. it’s a example of scientific methodology and symbol
  11. 11.  this both example of decay of plot and character
  12. 12. Difference between Modern age and Victorian age
  13. 13. Difference between modern and Victorian modern Victorian
  14. 14. Modern age Victorian age Rejects old forms Acceptance of all forms realism imaginative meaninglessness superficial complex easier intellectuality general Loss of faith Blind faith
  15. 15. Values differences in the modern world Pre modern world • Ordered • Meaningful • Optimistic • Stable • Faith • Mortality/values • Clear sense of identity modern world (early 20th cen,) • Chaotic • Futile • Pessimistic • Fluctuating • Loss of faith • Collapse of mortality/values • Confused sense of identity
  16. 16. conclusion  age of science and scientific discoveries Reconstruction of new values Because of political turmoil revolutionary ideologies rise: Facism, Nazism, communism takes place

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