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Literary Periods 2

literary periods for second semester

Literary PeriodElement
Realism Rejection of the idealized, larger-than-life hero of Romantic literature
Realism Detailed depiction of ordinary characters and realistic events
Realism Emphasis on characters from cities and lower classes
Realism Avoidance of the exotic, sensational, and overly dramatic
Regionalism Use of everyday speech patterns to reveal class distinctions
Realism Focus on the ethical struggles and social issues of real-life situations
Regionalism Exaggerated characters emphasize geographic locations
Naturalism Attempt to analyze human behavior objectively, as a scientist would
Naturalism Belief that human behavior is determined by heredity and environment
Naturalism Sense that human beings cannot control their own destinies
Naturalism Sense of life as a losing battle against an uncaring universe
Modernism Emphasis on bold experimentation in style and form, reflecting the fragmentation of society
Modernism Rejection of traditional themes, subjects, and forms
Modernism Sense of disillusionment and loss of faith in the American dream
Modernism Rejection of sentimentality and artificiality
Modernism Rejection of the ideal of a hero as infallible in favor of a hero who is flawed and disillusioned but shows “grace under pressure”
Modernism Interest in the inner workings of the human mind, sometimes expressed through new narrative techniques, such as stream of consciousness
Modernism Revolt against the spiritual debasement of the modern world
Modernism Use of imagery and unique symbols to express emotional content of poetry
Postmodernism Allows for multiple meanings and multiple worlds
Postmodernism Structures works in nontraditional forms
Postmodernism Comments on itself
Postmodernism Can be intensely personal
Postmodernism Features cultural diversity
Postmodernism Blends fiction and nonfiction
Postmodernism Uses the past fearlessly
Postmodernism Explores perils and promises of technology
Created by: cdemmer