Presentation on Modernism, Post modernism & New Historicism

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Published on March 16, 2014

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This is my presentation on the three terms or theories, which can be helpful to students of literary theory and criticism for getting ideas.

Modernism, Post-Modernism & New-Historicism Name: Riddhi Jani Roll no: 25 Paper: 7, Literary Theory & Criticism Semester: 2nd Submitted to: Department of English M.K.Bhavnagar University

Modernism • From late 90th century to early 20th century. • Set of cultural tendencies and arrangement of associated cultural movement. • Victorian conventions were broken away. • Chris Baldick says: “Modernist literature is characterized chiefly by a rejection of 19th-century traditions and of their consensus between author and reader.”

• Ezra Pound- famous modernist • Many innovations in the fields of music, painting and literature. • Modernists were self-conscious.

An Object This thing, that hath a code and not a core, Hath set acquaintance where might be affections, And nothing now Disturbeth his reflections. -Ezra Pound

‘The Chess Players’ by ‘Fall of Icarus’ by Marcel Duchamp Pieter Bruegel

Post-Modernism • Started in late 20th century. • It opposites the assumptions. • Rejects the difference between „high‟ and „low‟. • Challenges the idea of universality. • It extols plurality. • Doesn‟t believe in neat end. • Kurt Vonnegut, John Barth, Thomas Pynchon

“The difference between the right word and the nearly right word is the difference between lightning and lightning bug.”

New-Historicism • Developed in 1980s. • Stephen Greenblatt. • Basic idea: history with literary text. • Parallel reading of literary text and history.

Literary Text Non Literary Text

“Text is historical and history is textual.” -Michael Wallner “(New Historicism) is combined interest in the textuality of history, the historicity of text.” -Louis Montrose New Historicism involves “an intensified willingness to read all of the textual traces of the past with the attention traditionally conferred only on literary text” -Stephen Greenblatt • Foucault and idea of „episteme‟.

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