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ENGL 2323 - British Literature 18th Century to the Present: Modernism

Guide for Professor Watson's ENGL 2323 British Literature Class

Modernism Defined

"...the term “modernism” refers to the period generally dating from around the 1860s to the 1970s. This era is defined by an aesthetic, a style, and a political and cultural ideology. It is this more specific use of the concept of modernism that generally applies to discussions of art, literature, and the philosophy that framed these developments. Emerging in part from the Enlightenment ideals of progress, freedom, equality, and the pursuit of reason and truth, modernism influenced nearly all aspects of Western culture well into the twentieth century."

Source: Mercadal, Trudy, PhD. “Modernism (Philosophical Movement).” Salem Press Encyclopedia, 2019. EBSCOhost,

General Modernism Resources

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