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19th & 20th Century Literary Modernism Flashcards

19th & 20th Century Literary Modernism Flashcards
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T.S. Eliot
This American poet worked in the Modernist period and wrote pieces such as The Waste Land. His work is characterized by references to the past and recovery from ruin.
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Theater of the Absurd
A type of theater that was popular in the 1950s and 1960s that features characters acting in meaningless ways. These productions typically drew on minimalism.
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Samuel Beckett
This Irish author also worked as a playwright. He worked closely with James Joyce during the early part of his career and was inspired by the other writer.
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Ulysses
A novel by James Joyce that is considered to be very important to Modernist literature and writing in general.
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James Joyce
This writer developed the usage of stream of consciousness narration and wrote during the Modernist period.
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Emily Dickinson
This poet differed from others by using slanted rhyme, a type of rhyme where the words partially rhyme but don't fit perfectly. She focused on themes of death, nature and immortality.
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The location described in this text: 'We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.'
Emily Dickinson is speaking about a grave in this passage.
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Moral Dilemma
A conflict between multiple ethical choices when choosing one means neglecting another. Many of the plays created by Arthur Miller focused on these themes.
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Arthur Miller
An American playwright known for criticizing mainstream American politics. Much of his work criticized behaviors associated with fire and brimstone rhetoric, as was used by Jonathan Edwards.
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This set of flashcards covers works by T.S. Eliot, James Joyce, Emily Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Langston Hughes. You'll also find cards that review the Theater of the Absurd, the Harlem Renaissance and the characteristics of modernism.

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Arthur Miller
An American playwright known for criticizing mainstream American politics. Much of his work criticized behaviors associated with fire and brimstone rhetoric, as was used by Jonathan Edwards.
Moral Dilemma
A conflict between multiple ethical choices when choosing one means neglecting another. Many of the plays created by Arthur Miller focused on these themes.
The location described in this text: 'We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.'
Emily Dickinson is speaking about a grave in this passage.
Emily Dickinson
This poet differed from others by using slanted rhyme, a type of rhyme where the words partially rhyme but don't fit perfectly. She focused on themes of death, nature and immortality.
James Joyce
This writer developed the usage of stream of consciousness narration and wrote during the Modernist period.
Ulysses
A novel by James Joyce that is considered to be very important to Modernist literature and writing in general.
Samuel Beckett
This Irish author also worked as a playwright. He worked closely with James Joyce during the early part of his career and was inspired by the other writer.
Theater of the Absurd
A type of theater that was popular in the 1950s and 1960s that features characters acting in meaningless ways. These productions typically drew on minimalism.
T.S. Eliot
This American poet worked in the Modernist period and wrote pieces such as The Waste Land. His work is characterized by references to the past and recovery from ruin.
Cats
A musical that was created based on the book Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot.
Hogarth Press
This publishing group, associated with the Bloomsbury Group, was set up in England by Virginia and Leonard Woolf. Works by T.S. Eliot and Sigmund Freud were published here.
Virginia Woolf
This author wrote the feminist essay A Room of One's Own in 1929, creating an important piece of Modernist work.
Langston Hughes
A poet associated with the Harlem Renaissance whose works focused on the challenges faced by African-Americans. His poems often include short lines and dashes.
Harlem Renaissance
This term refers to a period of time in the 1920s and 30s that saw an increasing number of African-American creators putting out works that dealt with their experiences.
'I, Too, Sing America'
A poem by Langston Hughes that focuses on the central theme of racial equality. It may have been inspired by a poem by Walt Whitman titled 'I Hear America Singing'.
Literary Modernism
Works created during this period are typically characterized by the use of satire, irony, allusions and stream of consciousness writing. Much of this literature also features nonlinear plots.
Influences of The Odyssey on Ulysses
Joyce uses this older work to give Ulysses a structure that focuses on the relationship between fathers and sons.
Tennessee Williams and the Southern Gothic Genre
This playwright wrote in this genre that focuses on madness, sexuality and addiction. Using an alcoholic character who is possibly homosexual in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is an example of this.
Un-American Activities Committee
This political group, formed in response to U.S. fears about communism, saw Arthur Miller as a potential communist after he created his play The Crucible, which parallels the McCarthy hearings with the Salem witch hunt.

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