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Alain De Botton on modernist writers “there were no such things as minor observations”
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Roger Luckhurst “The technology with the most impact on early 20th century mordernism is undoubtedly cinema… the new grammar of close-ups, jump cuts and flashbacks echoed the patterns of human consciousness.”
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GH Bantock “The temper of the age was anti-heroic… the reaction of the post-1918 world was to suspect too easily all manifestations of authority”
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Malcolm Bradbury “We have noted that few ages have been more multiple, more promiscuous in artistic style”
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Stephanie Forward Modernist authors distanced themselves from their Victorian and Edwardian predecessors. Repudiating traditional third-person omniscient narration, they preferred to represent characters through their shifting thoughts, memories and
sensations
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Katherine Mullin 'The city is a key motif in modernist literature. Numerous novels and poems reflect the ways in which cities generate states of shock, exhilaration, alienation, anonymity, confusion or thrill. “
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The deployment of ironic and ambiguous juxtapositions to call into question the moral and philosophical meaning of literary action - Barth
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Subjective distortion to point up the evanescence of the social world of the nineteenth-century bourgeoisie - Barth
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The optimism of the nineteenth century could not compete with the "immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history" -TS Elliot
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Stream of consciousness
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Interior monologue "the grammatical subject of the discourse is an "I" and we, as it were, overhear the character verbalising his or her thoughts as they occur"
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Free indirect style was "imployed with ever growing scope and virtuosity by modernist novelists like Woolf"
third person past tense, illusion of and intimate access to the character's mind without surrendering authority
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The paranoid
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The focus on the inward journey of individuals
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the despair and decay of the old order
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humour satire presentation of characters relationships between characters the presentation of wider society narrative voice tone and attitude of narrator the title anyone missing yet included
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The authorial voice: does the narrator undermine the characters and their attitudes
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Social reformers or morbid curiosity?
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Emancipation of women
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Emancipation of women - the vote 1918 only for women over the age of 30 who were householders, the wives of householders, occupiers of property
Representation of the People Act, Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) 1928 Act giving the vote to all women over the age of 21 on equal terms with men.
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