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Modernism notes_lecture - Notes on Modernism Historical...

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Notes on Modernism Historical background Modernism developed in the time period following World War I: "The Great War," the "Age of Total War." In some terms, the most catastrophic war in history. Height of Industrialization; questioning of man's role in the world; humankind more and more defined by their work. Prominence of Socialism before World War II: extremely popular (dominant party in Europe), even in the U.S.. Political atmosphere of public life: like the 1960s, highly political populace. Collapse of Hapsburg Empire (fall of German ruling class at the end of World War I): "No set of political events in the twentieth century has had a comparably profound impact on the creative imagination." This was a metaphor for the collapse of Western elite culture and an "end of order." " The storm of progress ." (Benjamin) The rise of public education: beginning of the popularization of art In Art : Paperback books become popular; publication of the "Everyman Library"; rise of cinema: becomes influential in other forms (TV).
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