Introducing Modernism

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Modernism 1. Emotional and aesthetic distance- dislocation and fragmentation. 2. Compelling impulses toward extremes of subjectivity and 0bjectivity,  rather than specific characteristic or techniques. 3. Use of outwardly undistinguished characteristics as opposed to the  “exceptional” heroes of classical literature. 4. Emphasis on depressing details of the urban scene. 5.  “Scientific objectivity” of 19 th  century realism. 6. Insistence on factual accuracy and mundane detail were in part  reactions against Victorian sentimentality. 7. “The artist, like the God of the creation remains within or behind or  beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined, out of existence,  indifferent, paring his fingernails.” Joyce. ( Portrait. .p215) 8. A distrust of abstractions as a way of delineating truth.
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Unformatted text preview: 9. An interest in the exploration of the psychological 10. A desire for transcendence with the feeling that transcendence could not be achieved. 11. A belief in art as a somewhat privileged kind of human experience. 12. A skepticism that emerges from the notion that human ideas about the world seldom fit the complexity of the world itself, and thus a sense that multiplicity, ambiguity and irony are the necessary responses of the intelligent mind to the human condition; 13. An awareness of primitiveness and savagery as the condition upon which civilization is built, and therefore an interest in the experience and expressions of non- European peoples....
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