2112 study guide - final spring 2011

2112 study guide - final spring 2011 - English 2112 Study...

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English 2112 Study Guide Modernism – 1900 the present - disillusionment with traditional institutions and belief systems; personal symbols; anxiety concerning the isolation of the individual mind; mistrust of language as arbitrary; search for new art forms; focus on perception rather than the thing perceived; self- reflexivity; fragmentation; indeterminacy (inability to know for certain what is true or real) Pirandello - metatheater, self-reflexivity, indeterminacy, fragmentation of family history, art falsifies life, yet may provide metaphors for life, limitations of societal roles, characters are more true since more complete than people, identity is fluid and “reality” is experienced differently from person to person; a person’s own perceptions and self-image are likely to be shaped by interests of which we are only half-aware Eliot - allusions an attempt to provide tissue of connections in modern alienation (failed, due to our educational poverty–ha ha);
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